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Apple fights hundreds of thousands of virus-controlled Macs

Computer giant Apple released a patch this week for its OS X 2012 and 10.6 operating systems about the same time a Russian security company claimed that up to 600,000 Mac computers around the world are being controlled by a piece of malware that sucks targeted computers into a “botnet,”…

Apple shares surge despite factory inspections in China

Apple’s stock topped $500 for the first time on Wall Street even as a probe started looking into work conditions at a Chinese factory that cranks out the California company’s coveted gadgets. Apple shares gained 1.86 percent during the day, powered by reports a new iPad may be unveiled next month, to…