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APPLE SAID Friday that for years its phones have been exaggerating signal strength by displaying too many bars - indicating stronger reception than there ever was. The problem, Apple said, is a bug in the software, which it promised to fix soon. The company said it discovered the problem while trying to explain the mystery of the disappearing bars on its new iPhone 4.

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LIONS GATE Entertainment has adopted a shareholder rights plan to prevent hostile takeover attempts such as the one billionaire investor Carl Icahn is conducting. It would let shareholders buy extra shares at a deep discount. The right doesn't apply to any shareholder attempting to take control of the company. If exercised, the plan would dilute the stake of any potential acquirer.

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THE SPICY soda made by Dr Pepper Snapple Group is rolling out Dr Pepper "Made With Real Sugar" this weekend through early September in honor of its 125th anniversary. Cans and bottles will feature old logos in the company's deep red, and colorful designs with lions and bright swirls of color harkening to the 1960s. The company wanted to bring back the sugar version to help highlight its past, which dates to the creation of Dr Pepper by pharmacist Charles Alderton in Waco, Texas, in 1885.

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CIT GROUP has completed the leadership team John Thain, former CEO of Merrill Lynch, has put in place since taking the helm of the business lender in February. Scott T. Parker, 43, becomes CFO. He was chief operating officer and CFO of an affiliate of Cerberus Capital Management. Carol Hayles, 49, becomes controller. She had been deputy controller of Citigroup, where she spent 24 years in several executive positions.

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"This is not just a write-off of merchandise issue, but a much larger issue of the reputation of the brand."

JOE MARCONI, an expert in communication, marketing and crisis management, on preppy teen clothing seller Abercrombie & Fitch closing a second store in New York because of a bed bug infestation

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PERCENT, the revised official estimate from 8.7 percent of China's 2009 economic growth over the previous year

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THE BOTTOM LINE: GM says first-half sales of vehicles in China overtook U.S. for the first time ...Japanese electronics maker Toshiba is jumping into the battery business for electric vehicles in a development deal with Mitsubishi ...Government is opening investigations into possible power steering problems in Mazda3 passenger cars and BMW Z4 sports cars ... Toyota to recall 138,000 Lexus vehicles in the United States to fix faulty engines

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