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The firm sold a record 51 million iphones and 26 million iPads but profits from October to January - usually a bumper period - remained flat

Left, tablet computers are included only a year after the smartphone first made the list. Right, Kristen Stewart, silver screen star of the Twilight saga

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Apple factory awaits moment of truth on TV

The publicity surrounding the assembly lines in China where Apple devices are constructed by workers paid so little they do not get deducted tax has been described as the computer world's "Nike moment".

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Fears that Steve Jobs’s name was bigger than the Apple brand can now be dismissed. On Monday, Apple stock soared past $500-a-share for the first time in the technology behemoth’s history.

iPads seized in copyright row

More Chinese cities have seized iPads from retailers in a dispute between Apple and a local company over ownership of the tablet's name.

Trademark row could lead to iPad shortages

A Chinese firm which claims that it owns the iPad trademark in China is to ask customs officials to block shipments of Apple's iconic device in a move that could potentially disrupt the technology giant's supply chain.

Apple posts record quarterly results

Technology giant Apple posted record quarterly results after it sold a greater-than-expected 37 million iPhones worldwide in the last three months of 2011.

China sales set to help Apple fend off Amazon threat

Apple will spell out how well it has coped with a fresh assault from Amazon this week as the technology giant updates Wall Street with quarterly sales figures.

China: A rival to iPad that toes the party line

China's Communist Party members can now carry a tablet PC to verify identification cards, read the blogs of cadres, and manage state-owned firms without fretting that using a bourgeois iPad will ruin their street cred.

Howard Jacobson: We'll miss the sensuous pleasure of a real book

There's a scene in Pride and Prejudice in which the imperious Lady Catherine de Bourgh expresses amazement that Elizabeth Bennet grew up without a governess. "Then who taught you?" she wants to know. "We were always encouraged to read," Elizabeth answers, "and had all the masters that were necessary."

Struggling retailer HMV bids to sell live music arm

Struggling retailer HMV today said it was looking to sell its live music division as it bids to bolster its finances after it nearly doubled half-year losses.

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Italy deny rift following Mario Balotelli iPad incident

Italy team manager Gigi Riva has brushed aside reports that Manchester City forward Mario Balotelli has fallen out with Azzurri coach Cesare Prandelli.

Rhodri Marsden: The lesson is: be careful if you take on Apple

Illustrating basic laws of economics doesn't have to be dull; all you need to spice things up is a bit of corporate blundering. Hewlett Packard had made extravagant predictions of the demand for its tablet computer, but the TouchPad was greeted with barely perceptible shrugs of indifference.

Bin lorry iPad plans slammed

Town hall bosses were today accused of insulting taxpayers with plans to give binmen £400 iPad gadgets to do their rounds.

Apple shares recover as markets digest Jobs news

The sharp fall in Apple's share price in the wake of Steve Jobs' resignation wiped almost $20bn (£12.25bn) off the company's value within minutes of the news. But the slide had been largely halted last night as investors and Wall Street analysts predicted the company's growth would continue.

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