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+ - iPhone accidents: Apple faces inquiries in the EU

Submitted by o'reor
o'reor (581921) writes "As more cases of iPhone screen explosions emerge in the news on this side of the pond, Apple is now facing official inquiries and lawsuits in France, which forced them to break silence and finally acknowledge the incidents.

"We are aware of these reports and we are waiting to receive the iPhones from the customers. Until we have the full details, we don't have anything further to add."

Following those reports, the European commission had already decided to step in last week, while Apple tried to dismiss the problem as "isolated incidents".

Meanwhile, iPhone explosion-related sites are now popping up on the Internet, releasing games such as iPop to chill out and relax on the subject, but also giving users advice on preventing iPhone accidents, or detecting imminent explosions.

Dear iPhone-owning geeks, now may be the right time to consider buying this Kevlar-lined underwear you've seen on ThinkGeek..."

The Internet

+ - French elections: TV debate causes Wikipedia abuse

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o'reor
o'reor writes "According to this article in french paper Liberation , during the debate on TV between the two candidates to the presidential elections in France, Wikipedia.fr was edited several times by a number of anonymous surfers, to reflect the erroneous assertions of candidate Nicolas Sarkozy concerning the type of nuclear plant that is about to be built in the near future in France, if he takes office.

"At 22:34, Ségolène Royal snaps at her opponent: "You will have to look it up again: the EPR is the third generation of nuclear power plants, not the fourth." One minute later, a web surfer based in Nancy pays a visit to the french version of Wikipedia, and edits the EPR page : "third generation" is changed to "fourth generation".
That was the beginnig of a partisan editing battle on Wikipedia. The history page can be found here. Meanwhile, the English version of the same page did not budge."

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