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Apple’s Response to Latest Supplier Labor Abuse Allegations

“Apple is committed to providing safe and fair working conditions throughout our supply chain. We lead the industry with far-reaching and specialized audits, the most transparent reporting and educational programs that enrich the lives of workers who make our products.”

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New-Parent Perks at Yahoo Get a Baby Bump

Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer has significantly increased the amount of paid leave new parents can receive — up to 16 weeks for mothers and eight for fathers, among other expanded benefits. Mayer’s recent move to ban telecommuting at the company drew widespread criticism; the new policy brings Yahoo more in line with family-leave perks offered by Google and Facebook.

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Buy Signal: Facebook Widens Data Targeting

On Wednesday, Facebook officially plans to roll out a new advertiser tool to help advertisers directly target Facebook users based on their offline spending history.

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EU Probes iPhone Contracts

The European Union acknowledged that it is looking into complaints from some telecoms operators that Apple Inc.’s terms for carrying the iPhone are anticompetitive, but said the matter isn’t formal and competition in the smartphone market is strong.

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Samwers Launch €150 Million Venture Fund

Mark and Oliver Samwer, the driving force behind the Berlin-based Rocket Internet, are joining Fabian Siegel, one of the people behind Berlin’s Delivery Hero.

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Leap Wireless to Spin Off Muve Music Unit

Leap, which offers service under the Cricket brand, launched the on-demand music service in January 2011. By creating a new company, Leap hopes to license the service to other carriers and has an agreement in principle with an unnamed international wireless carrier, spokesman Greg Lund said.

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Clearwire to Tap Sprint Financing

The financing is in the form of notes that convert into stock — an arrangement that gradually would give Sprint a bigger stake in Clearwire.

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BlackBerry to Launch in U.S. in Mid-March

Research In Motion Ltd. unveiled two new BlackBerry phones on Wednesday crucial to the company’s turnaround, but the first of the those devices won’t be available in the crucial U.S. market until mid-March.

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Nook Loses Ground in Tablet War

Revenue at the bookseller’s Nook segment, which includes all the Nook devices, digital content, plus accessories, fell 12.6% to $311 million for the nine-week compared with the same period a year ago, the company said Thursday.

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Intel’s Push Into Web TV Hits Delays

The chip maker’s surprise interest in the crowded pay TV business was disclosed last March by The Wall Street Journal, which reported Intel had told media companies it hoped to launch a service by the end of 2012. The timing now seems uncertain.

Tech Resolutions (Comic)

Google Designing “X Phone” to Rival Apple, Samsung

News Corp. Says Publishing Unit Lost Money

Sprint in Deal to Buy Rest of Clearwire

iPhone 5 Gets China Network Access License

Eddy Cue: Apple’s Rising Mr. Fix-It

MyHeritage Raises $25 Million, Aquires Geni

Zucker Is Lead Candidate to Head CNN

Long Before HP Deal, Autonomy’s Red Flags

Early Sales Pay Off, for Now

Leo Apotheker: Due Diligence of Autonomy Was Meticulous

Former News Corp. Executives to be Charged in Bribery Probe

News Corp. Nears Deal For YES Stake

Sprint Buys Spectrum From U.S. Cellular

AT&T Unveils $14B Infrastructure Plan; Raises Dividend

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Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again. It’s especially hopeless for those whose work is easily digitized and accessed free of charge.

— Author Tim Kreider on not getting paid for one’s work