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44.6 million tablet computers to ship in 2011

That's how many tablet computers will be shipped worldwide this year - more than 2.5 times as many as in 2010, according to estimates from research firm IDC. While IDC predicts Google's Android operating system will have a lot to do with future growth, Apple's iPad is trouncing competitors right now, the firm says. The device accounted for almost 4.2 million of the 4.8 million units shipped in the third quarter of 2010.


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"It's easier to get people angry when they're already brooding."


Ophelia Camina, a Dallas lawyer, on the $246 million verdict she won last year in a breach-of-warranty and fraud case against JDA Software. The decision highlights the most prominent trend in U.S. court verdicts in 2010 - a surge in awards against companies accused of putting defective products on the market. The stalled economy and a wave of negative corporate news, including the BP oil spill and bank foreclosure disputes, have fueled public anger, affecting business lawsuits across the country, legal experts say.


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Starting at the end of the month, Sprint Nextel will charge smart phone customers an extra $10 a month for unlimited data use. The increase to $79.99, for a plan that includes unlimited mobile talk time and data, applies to both new and upgrading customers and will help the third-largest cell phone company cover the costs of maintaining its network. Verizon Wireless charges about $100 for a similar plan, and AT&T no longer offers unlimited data to new customers.


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