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The Pros (and Cons) of the iPad 3; Growth of 'iPhone Porn'

A look at the ways our favorite backyard tech giant has made the news this week.

Every week,  makes news with technology developments, business deals and, more often than not, controversies.

That’s where our weekly "Core Bytes" column on Apple comes in. We’ll relay the past week’s news highlights from our favorite backyard tech giant.

New Products
After much hype, the newest "Resolutionary" iPad was released today, with Apple junkies as early as and 5 p.m. Thursday in Los Gatos for the store’s 8 a.m. Friday opening. At the Stanford Mall and downtown Palo Alto Apple store, after 11 p.m., some taking turns sleeping in tents. The long lines were typical around the world, with some people using the launch as a chance to protest working conditions at Apple’s Chinese factories.

What’s so special about the newest iPad model? Many techies eagerly reviewed it, but in a straightforward commentary, CNET opined that the pros of the model are its sleek new screen, a large app and media store, and a 5-megapixel rear camera. The main cons, they say, are that it’s heavier than last year’s model, and that the apps and movies might utilize more space.

Controversies
An episode of This American Life about Mike Daisey’s visit to Foxconn, Apple’s supplier in China, was so popular that it spawned an online petition against the unethical working conditions Daisey described there. However, the show discovered that Daisey partially fabricated his descriptions, and misled fact-checkers, so they retracted the program. They also spent an hour on a new episode detailing how they found the fibs.

U.S. investigators are looking into whether Google underwent a breach of privacy to plant cookies in Apple’s Safari browser to track user activity. By doing so, Google was able to aim its targeted advertising at Safari users.

The global patent war between Apple and Samsung carries on, this week in the Netherlands. The Hague rejected its 3G patent bid to ban sales of the iPhone and iPad in the country. Still, the court ruled that it could pursue damages over the use of Intel chips.

Business Deals and Developments
Online porn usage is growing—on the iPhone. Over the past year, Google Trends has measured an increase in the phrase “iPhone porn”, reflective of the fact that there are now a few hundred iPhone-specific porn websites in use. While Apple bans porn distribution from official applications, it can’t prevent customers from accessing it through the company’s browser.

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