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Posted at 01:53 PM ET, 09/24/2012

Riot shuts down Foxconn plant in Taiyuan #thecircuit

Apple suppliers:A massive fight Sunday night at a Foxconn plant in Taiyuan, China, caused the company to shut down operations at its plant. The Associated Press reported that there were as many as 2,000 workers involved in the brawl, which sent 40 people to the hospital. The incident draws further scrutiny to the company, which manufactures electronic and other components for many companies including Apple, Microsoft and HP.

According to Sterne Agee analyst Shaw Wu, the plant shutdown should not have that much of an impact on supply lines, because of the way Foxconn spreads out its manufacturing.

Apple announced Monday that it sold 5 million iPhone 5s over its first weekend.

Cablevision files brief in Aereo case: Cablevision has filed an amicus curiae brief supporting the reversal of a federal court case ruling in favor of the Aereo streaming video service.

The court ruled that broadcasters could not stop Aereo from using local broadcast signals to stream content to iPads and other gadgets.

In its filing, Cablevision said that the decision gives Aereo an unfair advantage.

“Cable operators like Cablevision routinely pay licensing and retransmission consent fees to retransmit copyrighted programming. Aereo’s system performs the same function, receiving over-the-air broadcasts and retransmitting them for viewers to watch. The question here is whether Aereo can provide that service without paying those fees.”

Facebook: Facebook has begun allowing users to search and edit their site search history, the company said in a Friday announcement. Users will be able to view and edit their search history, which is not viewable for anyone other than users.

The introduction of the additional feature has raised speculation about whether Facebook will be moving into the search space in the future, particularly given chief executive Mark Zuckerberg’s comment at TechCrunch Disrupt last week. Zuckerberg, as TechCrunch reports, said that his company will be looking at search “at some point” and that it has a team looking at the function.

Iran: U.S. officials said Friday that Iran is to blame for cyberattacks on U.S. banks and other companies, The Washington Post reported.

Assaults against JP Morgan Chase and Bank of America were likely carried out by Iran, Sen. Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn.) said at a press conference Friday. The attacks, he said, were in retaliation for attacks on the Iran’s nuclear program.

Apple, Samsung: Apple is asking a judge to add $535 million in damages to its U.S. patent case against Samsung. A jury decided last month that Samsung owes Apple at least $1 billion in damages for infringing on design and other patents.

According to Bloomberg, Apple is asking that it be rewarded additional damages because, the company said, the infringement was “deliberate, not accidental.”

Samsung, for its part, is seeking to have the damages thrown out.

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