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Apple supplier Pegatron hit by China plant blast

TAIPEI (Reuters) – Apple Inc supplier Pegatron Corp reported an explosion at a subsidiary’s plant in Shanghai over the weekend that it said had injured 61 workers, the latest in a series of incidents that have spotlighted safety concerns at factories in China. Pegatron Chief Financial Officer Charles Lin told…

Apple in talks to buy Anobit for $400-$500 million: report

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Apple Inc is in talks to buy Israel’s Anobit, a maker of flash storage technology, for as much as $500 million, according to a report published on Tuesday. The Calcalist financial daily said Apple is in advanced negotiations to buy Anobit for $400 million to $500 million. Anobit has developed a chip…

Apple named in lawsuit over Carrier IQ ‘spy-phone’ software

Three cell phone providers and four cell phone manufacturers have been named in a class-action lawsuit related to hidden software included on smartphones, which allegedly logs and may transmit users’ personal information. The lawsuit was filed last Friday in the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware by the…

EU opens antitrust probe into Apple’s e-book deals

European antitrust officials launched a probe on Tuesday to determine whether iPad maker Apple and five international publishers engaged in anti-competitive deals in the sale of e-books. The European Commission will look at deals between the US gadget giant and US publishing powerhouses Simon & Schuster and Harper Collins, Britain’s Penguin, France’s Hachette Livre and Germany’sVerlagsgruppe Georg von Holzbrinck. “The…

Apple takes heat for Siri’s misleading abortion advice

Apple is facing pressure to update its Siri software — the virtual assistant on Apple’s new iPhone 4S — after Raw Story and numerous other media outlets reported the artificial intelligence is apparently not pro-choice. The Siri can help locate strip clubs and escort services, but when asked to find…

Apple drops ‘Jew or not Jew’ iPhone app

PARIS — French anti-racism groups have dropped anti-Semitism suits against Apple after it withdrew a “Jew or not Jew” iPhone app from its online stores worldwide, the groups’ lawyer said on Thursday. Groups including the French Jewish Students Union, SOS Racisme and the Movement Against Racism and for Friendship Between…

Apple accepts payment in China’s yuan currency

Apple has started accepting payment in China’s yuan currencythrough its online store, opening it up to the biggest Internet market in the world, company officials said Monday. The App Store, which sells software applications for devices such as iPhone and iPad, started accepting the unit last week in an unannounced move. “The service has…

Apple usurps Google as world’s most valuable brand

LONDON (Reuters) – Apple has overtaken Google as the world’s most valuable brand, ending a four-year reign by the Internet search leader, according to a new study by global brands agency Millward Brown. The iPhone and iPad maker’s brand is now worth $153 billion, almost half Apple’s market capitalization, says…

Apple delays iPad 2 release in Japan

NEW YORK – Apple said Tuesday that it was delaying next week’s release of the iPad 2 in Japan because of the earthquake and tsunami which devastated the country. “We are delaying the launch of the iPad 2 in Japan while the country and our teams focus on the recovery…

US authorities nab five in insider-trading probe

US authorities Thursday announced the arrest of five people suspected of providing confidential information on companies, including Apple, as part of a massive insider-trading probe. James Fleishman, an executive with “expert-networking” firm Primary Global Research, was among four people arrested Thursday for allegedly “conspiring to provide confidential information” to clients,…

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