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By Amy Tennery
“Harry Potter” villain resurrected in Asia: As if tensions between China and Japan weren’t running high enough, both countries are now comparing each other to Voldemort, the dark lord in the bestselling magical wizard series.
There’s money in those apps: It’s ka-ching for Apple. The tech company reported $10 billion worth of app sales for 2013, with a record of almost 3 billion downloads in December alone.
Boss-napping employees gone wild: Why did French workers hold two executives at a Goodyear tire plant overnight?
How chimps choose their chums (video): Turns out that the simians pick their friends much the way do: they look for buddies just like them.
A populist, by any other name? (opinion): It’s time to define what we mean by populism, argues Reuters columnist Michael Kazin.
An Indonesian volcano blows its top (gallery): Reuters photographers captured the raw power of the Mount Sinabung volcano.
Photo: REUTERS/Stephen Lam
The brilliant phone idea Samsung & Apple didn’t dream up
The smartphone market may be massive, but most handsets basically look identical. That’s because the big boys are scared of taking risks, says the man behind Russia’s innovative YotaPhone.
REUTERS EXCLUSIVE: Apple Inc computers were attacked by the same hackers who targeted Facebook Inc, but no data appeared to have been stolen, the company said on Tuesday in an unprecedented admission of a widespread cyber-security breach.
Facebook revealed on Friday that unidentified hackers traced to China had staged a sophisticated attack by infiltrating its employees’ laptops, but no user information was compromised.
Apple, which is working with law enforcement to track down the hackers, told Reuters that only a small number of its employees’ Macintosh computers were breached, but “there was no evidence that any data left Apple.”
The iPhone and iPad maker said it would release a software tool later on Tuesday to protect customers against the malicious software used in the attacks.
EXCLUSIVE: Apple said it was attacked by hackers who infected “small number” of its Mac computers. Apple says the hackers also hit Facebook and other small companies.
Apple says there is “no evidence that any data left Apple,” adding that the company is working with law enforcement to identify hackers. More soon on Reuters.com.
Apple Inc cut the price on the base version of its 13-inch MacBook Pro laptop with “retina” display by $200 as it revamps its top-end laptops, weeks after the company reported a steep decline in Mac sales in the holiday quarter.
Investors have worried that Apple’s iPad is cannibalizing its Mac range, but Chief Executive Tim Cook has brushed aside these concerns.
The company sold 4.1 million Macs in the December quarter, down 21 percent from a year earlier.
22% of consumers are cutting back on other gifts to splurge on Apple products, according to a Reuters/Ipsos survey. Reuters Money editor Lauren Young takes a closer look at your holiday list.
Early success for the iPhone 5 smartphone has helped Apple to overtake Google’s Android software in the United States, research firm Kantar WorldPanel said on Tuesday.
Apple’s U.S. market share in the 12 weeks to October 31 more than doubled from a year ago to 48.1 percent, putting it within reach of the record 49.3 percent it managed in early 2012.
Android’s share dropped to 46.7 percent from 63.3 percent, Kantar WorldPanel’s data showed, but it continues to dominate in key European markets. The platform 74 percent market share in Germany and 82 percent in Spain.
Its combined share of the top five European markets rose to 64 percent, from 51 percent a year earlier, while Apple’s share edged up by one percentage point to 21 percent.
Apple Inc sold 3 million of its new iPads in the first three days the tablet computers were available, driving optimism for a strong holiday quarter despite intensifying competition.
Sales of the 7.9-inch iPad mini and fourth-generation 9.7-inch version, both Wi-Fi only models, were double the first-weekend sales of the Wi-Fi iPad sold in March, Apple said on Monday.
Apple did not break out numbers for the crucial iPad mini, a smaller version of the original tablet designed to spearhead its foray into a segment now dominated by Amazon.com Inc and Google Inc.
Analysts estimate that about 2.3 million of the new iPads sold over the weekend were the mini-tablets, surpassing expectations of 1 million to 1.5 million.