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(Associated Press Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Radio's 'This American Life' retracts Apple storyCHICAGO (AP) _ The public radio program "This American Life" on Friday retracted a story about what a monologist said he found while investigating Apple operations in China, citing "numerous fabrications." The show's Friday broadcast will detail inconsistencies in the highly popular Jan. 6 episode that was an excerpt from writer Mike Daisey's critically acclaimed one-man show "The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs," which currently is at the Public Theater in New York.
AT&T scotches appeal, pays small-claims litigantNEW YORK (AP) _ AT&T Inc. on Friday gave up on appealing an $850 award won by an iPhone user in small claims court, and sent him a check. Matt Spaccarelli, of Simi Valley, Calif., had sued the phone company because it was slowing down the data service on his phone. Spaccarelli has an "unlimited data" plan, but as of this fall, AT&T had begun slowing download speeds for these subscribers if they use more than a certain amount of data in a month.
Fans, entrepreneurs among first buyers of new iPadMADISON, Wis. (AP) _ Apple's latest iPad drew the customary lines of die-hard fans looking to be first and entrepreneurs looking to make a quick profit. Many buyers lined up for hours, and in some cases overnight, as the tablet computer went on sale in the U.S. and nine other countries. They did so even though Apple started accepting online orders a week ago.
Feds say 19 arrested in 9 states in ID theft ringLAS VEGAS (AP) _ Federal authorities say 19 people in Nevada and eight other states have been arrested in a debit and credit card identity theft and trafficking ring that prosecutors allege operated as a racketeering organization based in Las Vegas. In a statement Friday U.S. Attorney Daniel Bogden in Las Vegas characterized the extent of the theft and sale of personal and financial information as "astonishing."
Is Facebook part of your estate? New laws debatedLINCOLN, Neb. (AP) _ When Karen Williams' son died in a motorcycle crash, the Oregon woman turned to his Facebook account in hopes of learning more about the young man she had lost. Williams found his password and emailed the company, asking administrators to maintain 22-year-old Loren Williams' account so she could pore through his posts and comments by his friends. But within two hours, she said, Facebook changed the password, blocking her efforts.
Sprint ends deal with LightSquaredOVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) _ Wireless carrier Sprint Nextel Corp. ended its spectrum hosting agreement with start-up LightSquared, whose network looks doomed because regulators say it interferes with GPS navigation devices. Sprint is returning $65 million in prepayments to LightSquared.
Groupon amends practices after UK probeLONDON (AP) _ A British regulator says online deals site Groupon will change the way it markets its products after drawing criticism from consumers. The Office of Fair Trading said Friday that Groupon had agreed to ensure that original prices are accurately quoted, that it will assess merchants' ability to deliver goods in a reasonable time and that all limitations are clearly displayed on the same screen as the offer.
Cisco to buy video tech company NDS for about $4BNEW YORK (AP) _ Cisco Systems Inc. is buying digital video technology company NDS Group Ltd. to enhance the range of products it sells to pay-TV providers and to expand in emerging markets. The roughly $4 billion deal would be Cisco's first major acquisition since it paid $3.4 billion for Norwegian teleconferencing company Tandberg in April 2010.
Yahoo board battle may begin within the next weekSAN FRANCISCO (AP) _ A potentially nasty battle to reshape Yahoo's board of directors will begin within the next week unless the troubled Internet company submits to the demands of a major shareholder. Third Point LLC, a hedge fund that owns a 5.8 percent stake in Yahoo, issued its ultimatum in a letter Wednesday to company CEO Scott Thompson.
UCLA professor wins $250K computing prize for AINEW YORK (AP) _ A University of California, Los Angeles professor is the winner of a $250,000 computing prize for his work in artificial intelligence. Judea Pearl was named winner of the 2011 A.M. Turing Award on Thursday, one of the most prestigious honors in computing.
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