Apple sued over in-game buys by kids
NEW YORK | Apple is facing a lawsuit from a Pennsylvania man whose 9-year-old daughter racked up $200 buying “Zombie Toxin” and other game items on an iPod.
The lawsuit seeks class-action status, saying Garen Meguerian of Phoenixville is among many people with bill shock after children went on buying sprees in iPhone, iPad and iPod games.
An Associated Press story in December highlighted the issue. In many cases, it appeared that children bought the items without knowing they were spending real money. ITunes didn’t ask for a password for in-game purchases for 15 minutes after it had been entered for any reason.
Apple tightened its password policy with a software update in March. It had no comment on the federal lawsuit filed last week in San Francisco, which CNET reported on earlier.
Lockheed Martin creates 350 jobs
JACKSON, Miss. | Lockheed Martin Corp. said Tuesday it will open a technology-support center this September in the Jackson suburb of Clinton, Miss., creating 350 new jobs.
Emily Simone, spokeswoman for the Bethesda, Md.-based company, told the Associated Press that the mission-support center will serve all of Lockheed Martin’s federal customers.
The company will put the center in part of the former corporate headquarters of WorldCom, the telecommunications company that went into bankruptcy in 2002. The former WorldCom campus, with several buildings, is now called the South Pointe Business Park and is just off Interstate 20.
Lockheed Martin said it plans to start recruiting technical and customer-service employees for the Clinton site in May.
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