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APPLE has booted developer Thuat Nguyen and his apps from its applications store after about 400 users' accounts were used to push his titles to best sellers over the weekend. Technology blogs said some iTunes users unwittingly had their accounts used to buy Nguyen's book apps, which at one point occupied 42 of the top 50 book apps sold in the store.

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GERMAN DATA PROTECTION OFFICIAL JOHANNES CASPAR said Wednesday that he launched legal proceedings against Facebook, which he accused of illegally accessing and saving personal data of people who don't use the social networking site. "We consider the saving of data from third parties, in this context, to be against data privacy laws," Caspar said. Facebook has until Aug. 11 to respond formally to the legal complaint.

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A FEDERAL JURY in Riverside, Calif., on Wednesday awarded $269.2 million in damages to the creator of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire - London-based Celador International - because the company didn't get its fair share of profits from the popular Walt Disney Co. television game show. The jury awarded $260 million in license fees and $9.2 million for merchandising claims, which were made based on $70 million in sales of a home edition of the game show.

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SONY PICTURES TELEVISION, responding to the changing revenue picture for movies, plans to launch two movie channels this year to capitalize on the studio's extensive film library. Sony Pictures Movies HD, set for an Oct. 1 launch, would be Sony's first wholly owned cable channel in the U.S. Sony and Lions Gate also are aiming for an Oct. 1 launch for the FearNet movie channel.

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BORDERS GROUP has launched its e-bookstore as it tries to catch up to competitors that have a head-start in a small but growing market that's seen as the future of the book industry. The company said Wednesday its goal with the new store and e-reader is to take 17 percent of the electronic book market by next July. The store, at http://ebooks.borders.com, has more than 1.5 million titles and thousands of free ones. The books are in formats such as mobile, PDF and ePub.

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"We are going to have an additional four weeks so we have a meticulous evaluation process."

TAKESHI UCHIYAMADA, Toyota executive, saying the automaker has learned a lot from its recalls of more than 8.5 million vehicles worldwide, including the need to slow the pace at which it develops new cars

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THE VACANCY RATE at U.S. shopping centers in the second quarter, according to real estate research firm Reis Inc., nearing the record of 11.1 percent in 1990

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THE BOTTOM LINE: Late payments for bank-provided credit cards fell in first quarter to 3.38 percent, lowest level in eight years ... Wells Fargo to lay off 3,800 employees over next year as part of restructuring of consumer finance unit ... AT&T says software defect in its network is limiting data uploads from Apple's new iPhone 4 in some areas

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