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Submission + - IPad knockoffs on sale for $50 to $125 ( 1

alphadogg writes: Low-cost Android tablets resembling Apple's iconic iPad are on sale through retail sites like eBay for $50 to $125, though observers say they could be a pain to own since they lack hardware and software support.

The inexpensive tablets come in different designs, with some resembling the iPad. The devices have 7-inch touchscreens, which are smaller than iPad's 9.7-inch screen, and run the older Android 1.7 OS.

The devices are being sold under names like Apad and ePad, mostly from vendors in China. One eBay seller, Goodstore-2010 is selling an iPad lookalike called ePad for $99 with free shipping out of Hong Kong. The retailer has a reliability rating of 98.9 percent. The same retailer is selling Apads for $48, but is tacking on a heavy shipping fee of $46, bringing the total sale price to $94.

"These devices certainly really exist, although whether it's a scam is a more subjective question," said Aaron Vronko, co-founder of Rapid Repair, a firm that repairs electronics and computers.

Most retailers offer no warranty, and a limited return period of up to two weeks. There is also limited after-sale technical support.

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Swedish ISP Deletes Customer ID Info 177

NewYorkCountryLawyer writes "A Swedish internet service provider, Bahnhof, has begun deleting customer identification information in order to prevent it from being used as evidence against its customers under Sweden's new legislation against copyright infringement via peer-to-peer file sharing. According to this report on 'The Local,' it is entirely legal for it to do so. The company's CEO, Jon Karlung, is identified as 'a vociferous opponent of the measures that came into force on April 1st,' and is quoted saying that he is determined to protect the company's clients, and that 'It's about the freedom to choose, and the law makes it possible to retain details. We're not acting in breach of IPRED; we're following the law and choosing to destroy the details.'"

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