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In Brief: Apple accused of e-book scam

A US government lawyer has accused Apple of teaming up with publishers in 2010 to drive up the prices of electronic books.

The Justice Department attorney, Lawrence Buterman, opened a New York trial by telling a judge yesterday that Apple's scheme cost US consumers hundreds of millions of dollars.

He says a dramatic price increase was encouraged by Apple's late founder, Steve Jobs. Buterman said the conspiracy was meant to end Amazon's $9.99 (€7.56) pricing scheme for e-books.

 

22 BOKO HARAM PRISONERS FLEE

Niger's government spokesman said that 22 prisoners escaped this weekend during an attack on the central prison by suspected militants from the Islamic extremist group, Boko Haram.

Among the 22 prisoners was Cheibani Ould Hama, who was described as a member of an extremist group accused of having assassinated four Saudi Arabians and a US national.

Over the weekend authorities opened fire on an SUV with tinted windows which refused to stop at a checkpoint. Two prison guards were killed during the jail break.

 

TIANANMEN MASSACRE DATE

Activists in China are calling on people to wear black on the anniversary of the crackdown on protesters in Tiananmen Square.

Beijing-based rights activist Hu Jia said he had been appealing for people to wear black T-shirts today to remember the event.

Beijing has never fully disclosed what happened and it remains a taboo topic inside the country. Hundreds, possibly more, were killed.

 

BOY FINDS $10K IN HOTEL DRAWER

A 10-year-old boy who found $10,000 (€7,600) in a drawer at a Kansas City hotel where he was staying with his father turned the money over to police.

Tyler Schaefer found the neatly stacked bills in the room where he and his father, Cody, were staying at a hotel near the airport.

Mr Schaefer said Tyler, a Cub Scout, is always on the lookout for clues and treasure.


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