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Judge orders Jobs to answer iTunes questions

Apple Inc. Chief Executive Steve Jobs, who is out on medical leave, has been ordered by a federal judge to answer questions from plaintiffs’ lawyers in an antitrust lawsuit related to his company’s iTunes business. Get the full story »

Sony to shut U.S. plant as CD sales fall

Sony Corp. says it will shut down a CD manufacturing plant in the United States by the end of March and its 310 workers will be laid off. Sony spokeswoman Mami Imada said Tuesday the plant closure in New Jersey was due to declining CD sales as more people opt to buy music digitally. Get the full story »

Google exploring digital newsstand

Google Inc. and Apple Inc. have stepped up their battle to win over publishers, as the two companies vie to become the dominant distributor of newspapers and magazines for tablet computers and other mobile devices.

Google is trying to drum up publishers’ support for a new Google-operated digital newsstand for users of devices that run its Android software. With the effort, it is chasing Apple, which already sells digital versions of many major magazines and newspapers through its iTunes store. Get the full story »

Apple TV sales expected to rise to 1 million

Apple expects sales of Apple TV to top 1 million units this week, showing that the device is gaining traction in bringing the Web to TV. Get the full story »

‘Smurfs’ Village’ app adds warnings of real costs

The publisher of the popular “The Smurfs’ Village” game for the iPhone and iPad has added a warning that virtual items such as “Smurfberries” cost real money –  as much as $100 with just two taps on the screen.

An Associated Press story this month revealed how easy it is for kids to buy such virtual items and have them billed to their parents without their knowledge. Like many other free games, “Smurfs’ Village” makes money by selling the virtual goods to advance play. Get the full story »

iTunes begins offering 90-second song samples

From Bloomberg News | Starting today, Apple Inc. will let iTunes consumers listen to some songs at no charge for as long as 90 seconds, three times the previously allotted 30 seconds, a spokesman for Cupertino, California-based Apple, said today. Get the full story>>

Apple secures rights to digital Beatles music

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After years of anticipation, speculation and legal tussling, Steve Jobs’ Apple Inc., the Beatles’ Apple Corps and EMI/Capitol Records agreed to make the Beatles’ catalog, spanning 1962-1970, available for legal digital download.

Speculation swirls around streaming iTunes

Apple Inc. is set to make a major announcement Tuesday about iTunes, amid speculation about a possible Web-based version of the dominant digital music store.

Apple posted a message Monday on the iTunes Web site, teasing an announcement to be made at 10 a.m. Eastern Time Tuesday, but it gave few clues. Get the full story »

NBC Universal CEO unlikely to join Apple Rentals

NBC Universal Chief Executive Jeff Zucker said on Wednesday his company is not likely to follow rivals to make its TV shows available for Apple Inc.’s new 99-cent rental service unveiled earlier this month. Get the full story »

Google reported in talks for iTunes competitor

Google Inc. is in talks with music labels on plans for a download store and a digital song locker that would allow its mobile users to play songs wherever they are as it steps up its rivalry with Apple Inc., according to people familiar with the matter.

Google Vice President of Engineering Andy Rubin has been leading conversations with the labels about what a new Google music service would look like, according to these sources. Get the full story »

iPod, Apple TV upgrades expected today

With the unveiling of a new set of Apple Inc. products — likely to include music-related devices, but also the possible major upgrade of a TV gadget — Steve Jobs and company are again poised to cause a stir in the tech world.

Apple watchers are predicting that Chief Executive Jobs, at a company event today in San Francisco, will announce updates to Apple’s lineup of ubiquitous iPod media players, and also changes to its iTunes store to make it more friendly to mobile devices. Get the full story »

Apple in talks with media giants to rent TV shows

Apple is in talks with several media conglomerates to allow consumers to rent TV shows through iTunes according to a report in Bloomberg Tuesday, which cited three unnamed sources familiar with the situation.

Apple is in serious discussions with News Corp. to allow viewers to rent programming from its Fox network for 48 hours, the report said, adding that Walt Disney and CBS are in talks with Apple as well.

Representatives from Apple, Walt Disney, News Corp. and CBS declined to comment. Get the full story »

Apple boots developer who hijacked iTunes accounts

Apple Inc. has booted a developer and his apps from its applications store after hundreds of hijacked user accounts were used to push his titles to best sellers over the weekend.

Developer Thuat Nguyen has been banned for violating an Apple license agreement, “including fraudulent purchases,” Apple spokeswoman Trudy Muller said Tuesday. About 400 iTunes users were affected, she said

Apple pulls apps over privacy concerns

Apple Inc. removed a host of applications from its popular App Store and acknowledged  that a developer had engaged in fraudulent purchases, a move that raises concerns about an operation seen as the gold standard for mobile application marketplaces.

On Monday, Apple said applications created by Thuat Nguyen had been removed and alleged Nguyen had engaged in “fraudulent purchase patterns.” The move followed complaints by App Store users that their accounts had been accessed to purchase applications made by Nguyen.

Nguyen could not be located for comment. Get the full story »