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Ex. News Corp bosses say they investigated hacking

LONDON (Reuters) – News Corp did all it could to investigate a claim in 2007 that phone hacking was widespread at its News of the World tabloid before concluding there was no evidence to support it, a former human resources executive said on Tuesday. Daniel Cloke, who was in charge…

Apple to add stores in booming China market

HONG KONG — Apple plans to open its first store in Hong Kong and another in Shanghai by year’s end, a spokeswoman said Tuesday, as the maker of the iconic iPhone sets its sights on the booming China market. The US firm, which already has four stores in mainland China,…

Swiss to supply bank information to U.S.: report

Swiss authorities will meet some of Washington’s demands to transmit information on accounts held by US citizens in the country, local media reported on Tuesday. According to Swiss daily TagesAnzeiger, state secretary for international affairs Michael Ambuehl will transmit by Tuesday evening information on the number of accounts and the…

Universal Music France loses case against streaming site

PARIS — Deezer won a legal victory on Monday when a French court threw out a complaint by Universal Music France seeking to block the music streaming site from using its catalogue of songs. The Paris High Court dismissed the complaint in its entirety, which Universal Music France brought after…

Honda to recall nearly 1 mln Fit, other models

TOKYO (Reuters) - Honda Motor Co <7267.T> said on Monday it would recall about 960,000 Fit subcompacts and other models globally to repair defects including malfunctioning power window switches. No accidents have been reported due to the defects, a Honda spokesman in Tokyo said. In Japan, the recall covers Fit vehicles produced between October…

Apple enlists police aid in search for missing iPhone

San Francisco police have assisted Apple in the search for a prototype of the latest iPhone that went astray in a bar in a repeat of an embarrassing loss that took place last year. An Apple employee lost a yet-to-be-released iPhone 5 in a tequila bar in San Francisco’s Mission…

US ‘probes Motorola, Austrian lobbyist over bribes’

US regulators are investigating an Austrian lobbyist and US telecom maker Motorola over alleged bribes of up to 2.2 million euros, Austrian weekly Profil revealed Saturday. From April 2004 onwards, Motorola apparently transferred up to 2.2 million euros ($3.12 million) to three firms controlled by lobbyist Alfons Mensdorff-Pouilly, Profil said…

Drivers scramble for free weed after drug smuggler wrecks truck

A truck carrying a large quantity of marijuana wrecked in San Jose earlier this week, scattering its cargo across a roadway and creating a feeding frenzy as drivers passing by scrambled to collect as much as possible. After the wreck, which San Jose police say took place near Oakridge Mall…

Amazon offers California 7,000 jobs if it drops online sales tax

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Amazon.com Inc has proposed a hiring spree of 7,000 jobs in California if state leaders put a recently enacted online sales tax on hold for two years. The offer comes as California contends with the second-highest unemployment rate among U.S. states and broad anxiety about the…

Lawsuit charges Windows 7 smartphones track users

Microsoft is in the crosshairs of a lawsuit charging that smartphones powered by Windows 7 software noted the whereabouts of users even if they didn’t want to be tracked. A suit filed Wednesday on behalf of a woman from the US state of Michigan maintained that Microsoft gathered location information…

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