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AP Technology NewsBrief at 11:19 a.m. EST
[January 14, 2013]

AP Technology NewsBrief at 11:19 a.m. EST

(Associated Press Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Apple shares fall on report of parts orders cutsNEW YORK (AP) _ Apple shares are down 4 percent in morning trading, putting them below the $500 mark for the first time since February. The drop came after The Wall Street Journal reported that the company has cut its orders for iPhone 5 components due to weaker-than-expected demand.

Samsung sells 100 million Galaxy S smartphonesSEOUL, South Korea (AP) _ Samsung Electronics Co. said Monday that global sales of its Galaxy S smartphones surpassed 100 million units since the first model in the series was released less than three years ago. Samsung said it has sold more than 25 million Galaxy S smartphones, 40 million Galaxy S II smartphones and 41 million Galaxy S III smartphones.

Feds dismiss charges against Swartz, cite suicideBOSTON (AP) _ Federal prosecutors in Boston have dismissed charges against Internet freedom activist Aaron Swartz, who was found dead in his New York apartment last week. U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz and the lead prosecutor on the case, Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephen Heymann, filed a three-line notice of dismissal in court Monday.


4 gadgets that defined Vegas electronics showLAS VEGAS (AP) _ The world's largest gadget show wrapped up on Friday, and the organizers said it was the biggest ever, beating last year's record in terms of the floor space companies purchased to display their wares. What was it that drew more than 3,500 companies and 150,000 people to Las Vegas for this mega-event Here are four gadgets that exemplified the top trends at this year's International CES.

Why attend car shows when photos are a swipe away DETROIT (AP) _ Why go to a crowded auto show when you can glimpse dozens of new models on the internet Because you can't catch a whiff of that new car smell through your iPhone.

New cars debuting at the Detroit auto showThe North American International Auto Show begins this week in Detroit with media and industry previews. It opens to the public Jan. 19. Here are some of the new cars and experimental concept vehicles that will debut at the show: _Acura MDX concept Detroit auto show: a user's guideThe North American International Auto Show in Detroit, which features more than 500 vehicles, opens to the public Jan. 19. Here are the details: WHEN: Public days are Jan. 19-27. The show is open from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. every day except Jan. 27, when it closes at 7 p.m.

Reddit co-founder dies in NY weeks before trialNEW YORK (AP) _ The family of a Reddit co-founder is blaming prosecutors for his suicide just weeks before he was to go on trial on federal charges that he stole millions of scholarly articles. Aaron Swartz hanged himself in his Brooklyn apartment Friday night, his family and authorities said. The 26-year-old had fought to make online content free to the public and as a teenager helped create RSS, a family of Web feed formats used to gather updates from blogs, news headlines, audio and video for users.

Microsoft may have exited gadget show prematurelyLAS VEGAS (AP) _ Microsoft may have relinquished its starring role in America's gaudiest gadget show a year too early. After 13 straight years in the spotlight, Microsoft's decision to scale back its presence at this week's International CES deprived the software maker of a prime opportunity to explain and promote a new generation of redesigned computers running its radically remade Windows operating system.

Facebook tests $100 charge to message ZuckerbergNEW YORK (AP) _ Would you pay $100 to message Mark Zuckerberg Facebook says it's testing some "extreme price points" to let users pay to have their messages seen by people who are not their friends. The tech blog Mashable reported early Friday that some users trying to message Zuckerberg are offered the option to pay $100 to ensure that their missive reaches the Facebook CEO's inbox. Without paying, the message would likely end up in Zuckerberg's "other" message folder, an oft-overlooked purgatory between the spam folder and the inbox.

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