- - Monday, September 5, 2011


China case against U.S. tire tariffs rejected

GENEVA | China has lost its appeal of a World Trade Organization ruling that the United States can raise import taxes on Chinese tires by as much as 35 percent.

A WTO appeals panel said Monday that U.S. officials “acted consistently” with international trade laws, the latest in a series of trade skirmishes between the United States - the world’s biggest importer - and China - the world’s biggest exporter.

China argued the three-year tariff President Obama approved in 2009 on top of a regular 4 percent import duty was protectionist and would hurt China’s tire industry.

The United Steelworkers Union pushed for penalty tariffs, blaming the loss of 5,000 U.S. tire workers’ jobs since 2004 on U.S. tire imports from China more than tripling from 2004 to 2008.


Police aided Apple in iPhone search

SAN FRANCISCO | San Francisco’s police chief says officers helped Apple Inc. investigators look for a missing iPhone prototype that was left in a city restaurant in July.

Police Chief Greg Suhr told the San Francisco Chronicle that four officers accompanied two Apple investigators who searched a San Francisco home for the lost gadget. Apple officials have declined to comment on the case.

Authorities say the Apple employees conducted the search after asking the resident’s permission and the officers did not enter the home. Officials say Apple used GPS technology to track the smartphone to the home, but it wasn’t found there.

On Thursday, two men were charged with misdemeanors for selling a lost Apple iPhone 4 they found in a Redwood City, Calif., bar in March 2010.


Samsung pulls tablet from electronics show

BERLIN | Visitors to Berlin’s IFA electronics fair hoping to see the new Galaxy Tab 7.7 computer were left disappointed after Samsung Electronics pulled the tablet from the show amid a legal spat with Apple.

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