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Consumer confidencerose in June to the highest level in more than two years, a private survey showed. The Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan index of consumer sentiment increased to 76, the highest since January 2008, from 73.6 in May. Also, the Michigan gauge of current conditions, which reflects Americans' perceptions of their financial situation and whether it is a good time to buy big-ticket items such as cars, rose to 85.6 in June, the highest since January 2008, from 81 in May.

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Apple responded Friday to complaints about reception on its new iPhone 4 by telling customers they should hold the device differently. "Gripping any mobile phone will result in some attenuation of its antenna performance, with certain places being worse than others," Apple said Friday in an e-mailed statement. "If you ever experience this on your iPhone 4, avoid gripping it in the lower left corner in a way that covers both sides of the black strip in the metal band."

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Boeing says it will inspect all of its 787 jets after finding that some have improperly installed parts in a section of the tail. Shims and fasteners weren't installed correctly, the aircraft maker said. Boeing said it will not fly five flight-test jets until they are inspected. Boeing has produced 23 in total. It also said the program remains on track: The first 787 remains scheduled for delivery by the end of the year to ANA.

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Dell, the world's third-largest personal computer maker, is testing Google's Chrome operating system on some computers, a move that might give users an alternative to Microsoft's Windows. Trials of Chrome OS are being conducted on prototypes of netbook-style devices and tablet computers, said Stephen Felice, Dell's consumer and small and medium business president.

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"This will be devastating and could take us back to a deeper recession."

Labor Secretary Hilda Solis, saying Senate Republicans could be extending the recession by opposing a spending bill that would have extended unemployment benefits

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Jury award against Merck in the case of Shirley Boles of Fort Walton, who said the osteoporosis drug Fosamax destroyed her jaw

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THE BOTTOM LINE: Peninsula Bank of Englewood fails, with FDIC shifting deposits to Miami's Premier American Bank ...KB Home narrows second-quarter loss to $30.7 million, compared with a loss of $83.6 million a year earlier ...Preppy teen retailer Abercrombie & Fitch is reinstating its racy A&F Quarterly catalog

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