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Two-step Apple ID verification reaches several new countries

02/20, 12:25pm

Supporting regions still under a dozen

Apple has brought its two-step verification process to several more countries, the company's support pages show. Until today, only the US, UK, Australia, Ireland, and New Zealand were supported. Now however the list also includes Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, and Spain.

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Briefly: Aereo in Baltimore, Italian Sky Go app hits Windows Phone 8

12/05, 10:39am

Aereo launching cloud DVR service in Baltimore on December 16

Aereo has revealed that it will be launching its cloud-based DVR service in Baltimore in time for Christmas. Residents in the Baltimore metropolitan area, including 11 central Maryland counties, will be able to sign up and subscribe to the service when it goes live on December 16th, though this will still leave Aereo considerably short of its goal of expanding to 22 US cities before the end of this year.

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Apple's European online stores offering zero-percent financing promo

12/02, 9:39am

Most countries participating

Most of Apple's online storefronts for Europe have announced zero-percent financing deals, available today through January 10th. Some participating countries include the UK, France, Germany, Italy, and Spain. The deals are only eligible on hardware purchases worth over €400, or £449, but let shoppers spread costs over time without incurring the interest Apple normally charges. Depending on the country, payments can be spread over 10 or 12 months.

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Apple accused of defrauding Italian government of $1.34B in taxes

11/13, 1:19pm

Investigation is 'under way'

(Updated with news of raid on Milan HQ) The Italian government is currently investigating Apple for alleged tax fraud worth over €1 billion, or about $1.34 billion US, Reuters reports. The newswire agency cites a "judicial source with direct knowledge of the matter," asked to confirm or deny a story in local media. "The Apple investigation is under way," the source is quoted as saying, without providing any additional details.

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Retina iPad mini retail orders only available through Personal Pickup

11/12, 11:03am

Suggests stocks may be extremely minimal

(Updated with news on better Pickup availability) The Retina iPad mini -- which launched earlier today -- is only available through Personal Pickup at US retail stores if it isn't a delivery order, according to an Apple press release. That indicates that US Apple Stores have no walk-in stock, and indeed Personal Pickup orders can't be claimed today. Some shops in other countries, like Italy, do reportedly have Pickup units on shelves.

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iPhone 5s, 5c to launch in over 28 more countries starting Oct. 25th

10/09, 9:25am

Subsequent rollout phase set for November 1st

The iPhone 5s and 5c will launch in over 28 more countries on October 25th, Apple has announced. Italy, Russia, and Spain have been identified as the main launch regions that day, but the list also includes countries like Austria, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, South Korea, Sweden, and Thailand. On November 1st, still another 12-plus countries will be added, including India, Mexico, and Turkey.

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AppleCare+ plans come to UK, France, Italy,

09/10, 3:32pm

Leaves North America for first time

As anticipated, Apple has brought AppleCare+ plans to Europe for the first time. Initially, however, the option is only being sold in the UK, France, and Italy. In the UK, the fee to replace an accidentally-damaged iPad under the two-year plan is 39; replacing an iPhone is 55. Defective units should be swapped out at no extra cost.

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European AppleCare+ expansion narrowed to six countries

08/30, 3:31pm

Apple partnering with AIG

Apple's rumored European expansion of AppleCare+ will initially reach just six countries, sources say. A launch is reportedly "imminent" in Italy, Spain, Germany, France, Switzerland, and the UK, although no exact dates are available. Apple is said to be partnering with AIG on the service; local AppleCare and Genius Bar workers started training for AppleCare+ earlier this week.

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Facebook transparency report shows US government makes most requests

08/27, 2:13pm

US asks for most user data, followed by India, UK, Italy, Germany

Government agencies representing 74 countries requested details from 38,000 Facebook accounts in the first half of the year, the social network has revealed. Its first Global Government Requests Report, similar to transparency reports published by Microsoft and Google, shows the governments of the United States, India, the United Kingdom, Italy, and Germany as making the largest numbers of requests for user data from Facebook for the period.

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Japan, seven other countries get iTunes in the Cloud for movies

08/08, 9:22am

Expansion efforts center around Europe

Apple has officially expanded the reach of iTunes in the Cloud movie support to eight more countries. Of these, Japan may be the most prominent, although the other countries are located entirely within Europe. The list includes Austria, Estonia, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovenia, and Switzerland.

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Apple opening new Italian store this weekend in Rimini

07/30, 7:15pm

Store will take up over 1,000 square feet on second floor

This weekend, Apple will be opening a new store in Italy, in the seaside resort town of Rimini. The new store, the country's 13th, will reside in the Le Befane mall alongside 130 other retail stores, on the second floor atop a retail store called Marco Polo. The mall is said to be one of the largest in the entire country. The new store is said to be part of Apple's push to emphasize the iPhone, but will also feature other Apple products as other stores do. This is the first Apple Store in this general area, a popular resort town originally founded in 268 BC.

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36 carriers getting LTE for iPhone, iPad next week

01/23, 6:33pm

Expansion may be essential for successful future

Next week, 36 more carriers supporting the iPhone and/or iPad will be getting LTE, Apple revealed during today's Q1 results call. Although the company didn't name specific carriers, it did note that they're spread across regions including Denmark, Italy, Switzerland, and the Philippines. "Several" countries in the Middle East should be getting LTE.

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Apple hit with $264,000 fine in Italian AppleCare case

12/21, 12:31pm

Complaint otherwise resolved

Italian regulators have issued Apple a final fine 200,000 euros, or about $264,000, over the company's handling of AppleCare warranties, reports say. Although the Autorit Garante della Concorrenza e del Mercato notes that Apple has since fixed its warranty policies, it states that between March 28 and November 10, the company was continuing to fraudulently suggest that an AppleCare plan was needed for two years of warranty coverage, when in reality local laws guarantee that as a minimum. Apple was fined 900,000 ($1.2 million) in March when the Italian government began cracking down on AppleCare marketing.

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Samsung drops injunctions against Apple in five countries

12/18, 11:46am

Lawsuits still being pursued, Samsung says

Samsung has dropped patent injunction applications against Apple in the UK, France, Germany, Italy, and the Netherlands, a senior executive tells the Wall Street Journal. All of the injunctions were related to wireless communications. Samsung notes that despite the withdrawal of the applications -- which is said to have been voluntary -- lawsuits accusing Apple of patent infringement remain ongoing.

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Apple confirms removal of AppleCare from Italian stores

11/13, 5:20pm

Option still being sold online

Confirming yesterday's leak, Apple has officially stopped selling AppleCare in first- and third-party Italian retail stores, Reuters reports. An Apple spokesman explains that the policy has actually been in effect since November 9th. People can still buy AppleCare in Italy, but only through Apple's website. An updated notice on the site explains that "AppleCare Protection Plan benefits are in addition to two-year warranty from the seller under the Italian legislation to protect consumers."

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Apple pulls AppleCare plans from Italian stores

11/12, 11:44am

Modified online option may be only remaining plan

Apple is removing AppleCare as an option from Apple Stores and third-party retailers in Italy, a leaked email indicates. The message is said to come from Apple Distribution International in Ireland, and adds that Apple is planning to discontinue phone-based AppleCare services in the country. With those options excluded, it appears that the only way of getting AppleCare in the country will be buying it online.

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Amazon Cloud Drive hits Spain and Italy, gets iPhoto hooks

10/04, 3:54pm

Amazon finishes bringing service to major European markets

Amazon has expanded its Cloud Drive online storage service to two more countries in Europe, Spain and Italy, according to an announcement. As elsewhere, the service includes a free 5GB of storage; in the new regions, adding 20GB costs 8 euros per year. The expansion completes Amazon's coverage of the major European markets, following the UK, France, and Germany.

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Five new Apple Stores to open in advance of iPhone 5

09/18, 11:54am

California, Spain, Germany, France, and Italy getting new shops

Apple is preparing to open five new Apple Stores this week. The first is the Rio Shopping outlet, based in Valladolid, Spain. That shop will launch at 10AM local time on Thursday, likely in anticipation of the iPhone 5's debut on Friday. Three stores elsewhere will in fact launch at 8AM on Friday, an unusually early hour reserved for iPhone rollouts.

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Apple faces possible Italian closure over antitrust worries

07/02, 2:50pm

Company still breaking local law, government says

Apple could face additional fines of up to 300,000 euros (about $377,500) and even temporary closure of its Italian operations if it doesn't start offering free two-year warranties, as required by local law, Reuters reports. Italy's AGCM, which regulates competition and markets, has already fined Apple 900,000 euros over the warranty issue. But months later, it complains that Apple is still failing to comply with demands, and says that the company's Italian division could be shut down for up to 30 days if it doesn't respond with the next 30.

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Apple said to be buying out Italy's Redmatica [u]

05/30, 1:57pm

Digital music firm could be used to help Logic, GarageBand

(Updated with company, deal info) Apple has bought out an Italian company, Redmatica, reports say. The news was broken a local blog, which also obtained a document supporting the claim from the country's communications regulator, AGCOM. Neither Apple nor Redmatica have confirmed the deal, although Apple rarely makes any announcements about the acquisitions of smaller firms.

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Facebook offers free ad credits to European companies

05/29, 3:33pm

Facebook ad credits offered despite polled click-rate

Facebook is offering free advertising to small businesses in an effort to encourage more advertisement sales in Europe. Qualifying companies operating in the UK, Germany, France, Italy, and Spain can receive a free advertising credit on the social network through its Small Business Boost promotion. This comes at a time when the effectiveness of advertizing on Facebook is questioned, with General Motors dropping paid Facebook ads altogether.

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iTunes Match reaches Italy, Greece, Austria, more

04/30, 5:15pm

Service now in oer 40 countries

Apple has once again expanded the availability of iTunes Match, the company's music upload and streaming service, reports say. The service is now available in several more countries, including Austria, Italy, Greece, Portugal,and Slovenia. In Italy the service is priced at 25 a year.

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New Rome Apple Store opens on Friday; Arden Fair shop moving

04/17, 1:20pm

Arden Fair outlet could more than double in size

Apple's second retail store in Rome is opening on Saturday at 10AM, the company has announced. The shop is located inside the Galleria Porta di Roma on Via Alberto Lionello, far to the north. The outlet is over 16 kilometers away from the existing Roma Est location, which is on the city's eastern outskirts.

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Cook meets mayor of Beijing; new Italian Apple Store coming

03/27, 11:45am

Italian location furthers international push

As a part of his visit to Beijing on Monday, Apple CEO Tim Cook also met with Guo Jinlong, the mayor of Beijing, a local newspaper reports. The exact details of the encounter are unknown, but it's suggested he talked about expanding markets, and cooperating more closely with Beijing in the future. Yesterday Apple would only say that Cook was in the country to talk with "Chinese officials" about expanding operations in the region; he was nevertheless spotted at the Xidan Joy City Apple Store in Beijing.

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Third-gen iPad goes on sale in 25 more countries

03/23, 10:40am

Italy, Spain, Sweden among prominent regions

The third-generation iPad is now on sale in an additional 25 countries. The emphasis is mostly on Europe: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, and Sweden are included. The only non-European countries are in fact Macau, Mexico, and New Zealand.

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Groups urge EU countries to crackdown on Apple warranties

03/19, 1:40pm

Italian case could be first of many

European consumer groups in 11 countries -- including Italy and Germany -- have issued letters to national regulators, asking them to put a stop to the way Apple currently markets its warranties, Bloomberg reports. Apple typically markets its products as having one-year warranties unless a person buys into an AppleCare plan. Under European Union regulations, though, manufacturers are obligated to cover a product for at least two years, making Apple's marketing potentially misleading.

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Cook responds to user e-mail, says Siri will speak Italian

03/09, 10:15pm

Reiterates an earlier promise

An Italian Apple user who asked Apple CEO Tim Cook if he did not "like" Italy because Siri has yet to add Italian to its list of languages and because Italy wasn't in the group of "first day" launch countries for the iPhone and iPad has received a reply from Cook. In it, he says "I love Italy" and that the company will support Italian in Siri this year, a reiteration of an earlier promise on Apple's website that Siri will add Italian, Spanish, Chinese and Korean this year.

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Time Capsule stock sees delays, sell-outs worldwide

02/14, 12:40pm

Could be linked to hard drive shortages

Apple's Time Capsule routers are seeing delays or shortages in different parts of the world, notes 9to5Mac. The company's online stores in the US, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, Italy, United Kingdom, and France are sometimes seeing delivery times of one to three weeks for 3TB models, or one- to two-week delays for 2TB routers. Third-party vendors Amazon and Best Buy are out of 3TB models, and some Australian Apple Stores may be completely out of stock.

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Apple acknowledges AppleCare dispute on Italian web store

01/27, 10:50am

Web link details two-year minimum warranty

Apple has posted a link on its Italian web store, acknowledging its legal dispute with the local government over AppleCare warranties. The link -- simply titled "Communication to protect consumers" -- takes visitors to a PDF file, detailing the government's decision, which resulted in a 900,000 fine. Apple normally only provides a one-year AppleCare warranty for free, but Italian law grants shoppers a minimum of two years of coverage, which Apple is being asked to guarantee by March.

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New Apple Store en route to Rome, Torino, Tennessee

01/17, 11:45am

Nashville one of 10 US openings planned for 2012

Additional details have emerged on three more future Apple Stores, notes ifoAppleStore. In Italy, job listings have appeared for a new store in Torino, one that was previously just rumored for more than two years. One possible address may be the former Mondadori bookstore on Via Roma 80, an arcade situated in the midst of other international retailers. Apple tends to prefer building stores in luxury or at least high-profile shopping areas.

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Apple vows to appeal Italian fine for bad warranties

12/30, 12:10pm

PR person insists company is following Italian law

Apple will appeal a 900,000 fine levied by the Italian government, a PR representative tells The Register. The spokesperson insists that the company is complying with Italian law. Under local regulations, businesses are required to give two years of free warranty support. Apple, though, only provides a one-year warranty by default, requiring buyers to buy an AppleCare package for anything extra.

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BBC iPlayer coming to iPhone, iPod touch on December 8th

12/06, 12:05pm

Goes beyond web, iPad, set-tops

Global iPlayer will make it to the iPhone and iPod touch on December 8th, the BBC has announced. The paid video-on-demand service has been available on the iPad for about five months. A list of countries getting the iPhone app on the 8th includes Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, Ireland, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland.

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Apple loses bid for Milan store, pursues Swedish locations

11/03, 1:30pm

Prada outbids for Galleria del Duomo site

Apple has lost a bid for an additional store location in Milan, Italy, says Macitynet.it. The company is noted to have been after a former McDonald's in the Galleria del Duomo, situated in the heart of the city. It has been outbid however by fashion vendor Prada, despite the latter already having a two-story outlet on the other side of the Galleria.

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iPhone 4S ships to 22 new countries, sold out in Singapore

10/28, 1:20pm

Shipping times still averaging 1-2 weeks

The iPhone 4S is now formally on sale in 22 more countries, following an expansion of preorders exactly a week ago. For the time being Apple has adopted a European focus; new regions include Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Mexico, the Netherlands, Norway, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland. More regions should be added over the course of the next several months.

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New iPhone 4S preorders open in 22 countries

10/21, 9:30am

Ireland, Spain, Sweden among major regions

Apple has opened up iPhone 4S preorders to 22 previously unserved countries. The phone is now available in Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Mexico, the Netherlands, Norway, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland. Shipping times are typically listed at one to two weeks, a delay consistent with the US online store.

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Apple announces iOS 5 Tech Talk World Tour

10/20, 4:10pm

Revives Tech Talk concept

Apple has unveiled plans for an iOS 5 Tech Talk World Tour. Apple experts are scheduled to visit nine cities during the tour, including Berlin, London, Rome, Beijing, Seoul, So Paolo, New York City, Seattle, and Austin. Events will start in Berlin on November 2nd and end in Austin on January 23rd. Registration for January 13th's New York City event is already full.

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iTunes music reaches 12 European nations, iBookstore hits 26

09/29, 10:55am

Apple adds bulletpoints for upcoming iPhone event

Apple has dramatically expanded the presence of iTunes in Europe, reports say. In addition to Poland, the iTunes Music Store is now accessible in 11 more European countries. The remainder of the list includes Bulgaria, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia.

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Apple adds five more stores to confirmed weekend openings

09/20, 1:30pm

Group spans Canada, France, Italy, Australia, US

Apple has revealed five additional store openings taking place this weekend. Outlets in Shanghai and Hong Kong were announced earlier this week, but the company has only just, for instance, confirmed that it will indeed launch the Metrotown location this week. The shop is based in Burnaby, British Columbia within the greater Vancouver area, and will start taking in the public at 10AM Saturday morning.

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Bologna, Glasgow join list of weekend Apple Store openings

09/14, 12:45pm

Last leg of marathon summer store launches

Two more Apple Stores are set to open this weekend, making for a total of four, checks show. The first is based in Bologna, Italy, and will launch on the ground floor of a building in Via Rizzoli in the city's center. The historic structure has reportedly had its faade renovated, and should give Apple better coverage in northern half of the country.

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Italian, German Apple Store openings join Canadian launch

09/01, 11:40am

Under a dozen stores left for Apple deadline

Apple has announced that two more international store openings will occur alongside the Burlington, Ontario launch happening this Saturday. In Germany the company is unveiling an Augsburg outlet, located within the City-Galerie. The opening will mark just the sixth for the country, which has still to see an Apple Store in the capital of Berlin, though plans are underway.

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New Italian, Australian Apple Stores to open on Saturday

08/09, 9:45am

Apple races toward September expansion goal

Apple is preparing two international store openings for this Saturday. The most important may be the one happening in Florence, Italy, where an outlet is launching in the I Gigli commercial center. The store will only be Italy's sixth, and the first in the middle of the country. Also rare is its operating hours, which will run from 9AM to 10PM seven days a week.

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Apple pushes deeper into Italy with Rozzano retail store

06/28, 11:35am

Milan joins European regions with multiple stores

Apple is making a rare Italian store opening on Saturday. The shop will be based in the Fiordaliso commercial center in the town of Rozzano, and open at 10AM local time, with regular hours running from 9AM to 10PM Monday through Friday, and 8:30AM to 9PM on Saturdays. The first workshops are scheduled to take place on July 4th.

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AppleCare may break EU consumer laws, says Italian gov't.

05/27, 11:50am

European rules guarantee two years of coverage

AppleCare may be violating the European Union's consumer protection laws, Italian officials suggest. The Italian government is said to be probing Apple's support plan because of European warranty laws, which guarantee at least two years of coverage on personal electronics. By default, Apple products include only a one-year warranty; AppleCare costs an extra fee, and only then extends coverage to two years on average, or three in the case of Macs and Cinema Displays.

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Plans for Sarasota, Florence, Madrid, Omaha stores emerge

05/26, 11:05am

Apple to take over historic Spanish building

Plans for four more Apple Stores are progressing in the US and in Europe. In Sarasota, Florida, management at the Westfield Southgate mall has acknowledged being in talks for an Apple location. When the store would open is uncertain, but it may reportedly arrive by the end of 2011, and fill a gap in Apple Stores between Tampa and Naples.

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Shipping times stretch for European white iPhones

04/29, 9:35am

US, Canadian times continue to hold at 3-5 days

Online shipping times for the white iPhone 4 are stretching out in a number European countries. Italy, France, Germany, Spain, Ireland and the UK are some of the major countries now listing a delay of a flat five days. Black iPhones are more readily available, shipping in the space of a day or two.

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French, Italian governments follow in probing iOS security

04/22, 10:50am

Rep. Markey adds to US scrutiny

The French and Italian governments have become involved in examining the location history file found in iOS 4, reports say. The Italian Data Protection Authority has opened a formal investigation into the matter, although Reuters notes that the probe is an expansion of one into how mobile apps deal with personal data. France's CNIL is reportedly verifying the security issue, and says it will send Apple France a letter asking for an explanation next week.

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Restoration work starts for Bologna, Italy Apple Store

02/11, 10:45am

Construction said to be worth $2.7 million

Construction crews hired by Apple are already doing renovation work for the future Bologna, Italy Apple Store, accounts say. The company is taking up residence in Via Francesco Rizzoli 16, a historic three-level building near Piazza Maggiore. The scale of the store is such that it may compete with some of Apple's most high-profile outlets in cities like London, Paris and New York.

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Roster of new Apple Stores to open worldwide in 2011

01/12, 12:15pm

Includes more German, Italian, American shops

A bevy of new Apple Stores are in the works for 2011, a report says. At least several of these are forecast to open in Italy by the middle of the year, including one in Bologna, a previously unexpected outlet in Florence, and a second Milan location. Possible addresses for the Milan and Florence stores remain unknown.

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iTunes Best Album & Song voting opens in Europe

12/01, 1:15pm

Apple uses 10,000 song price as incentive

Apple has posted People's Choice shortlists for iTunes Best Album & Song 2010, a voting competition being run by Apple. Some of the eligible albums include Lungs by Florence + The Machine, Sigh No More by Mumford & Sons, and Immersion by Pendulum. A few of the songs on offer include "Pack Up" by Eliza Doolittle, "Telephone" by Lady GaGa, and "Ridin' Solo" by Jason Derlo.

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Plans for Bologna, Italy Apple Store move forward

11/30, 4:05pm

Close to source of Apple stonework

Contractors will start work on the construction of a fifth Italian Apple Store next month, says La Repubblica. The outlet will be based in the northern city of Bologna, and occupy a former Stephanel clothing shop at Via Francesco Rizzoli 16. The store itself should occupy 5,300 square feet spread across two floors. A third floor will be reserved for Apple offices and meeting space.

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