DIGEST

Exec leaves Apple; Schwarzenegger for gay marriage; 7 workers got 6-figure pay

Family members gather to mourn Bryan Cirigliano, one of the nine people who was slain in the Hartford Distributors shooting last Tuesday, at West Meadow Cemetery in Newington.
Family members gather to mourn Bryan Cirigliano, one of the nine people who was slain in the Hartford Distributors shooting last Tuesday, at West Meadow Cemetery in Newington. (Bettina Hansen/associated Press)
Sunday, August 8, 2010

APPLE

Executive leaving after iPhone flap

An Apple executive whose responsibilities include iPhone hardware is leaving the company in the wake of antenna problems with the newest version of the smartphone.

Mark Papermaster, Apple's senior vice president of iPhone and iPod hardware engineering, is leaving the company, according to Apple spokesman Steve Dowling. Dowling declined to say whether Papermaster was fired or is leaving voluntarily.

Papermaster's departure comes weeks after Apple announced plans to give free protective cases to buyers of its latest iPhone model to alleviate the so-called "death grip" problem: Holding the phone in a certain way muffles the wireless signal.

The problem, a rare glitch for Apple in the rollout of a new product, led to numerous consumer complaints and reports of dropped calls. Die-hard fans of Apple's products have dubbed the stumble "antenna-gate."

-- Associated Press

CALIFORNIA

Schwarzenegger backs gay marriages

California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who twice vetoed legislation that would have legalized same-sex marriage, has surprised gay rights supporters by urging a federal judge to allow gay couples to resume marrying in the state without further delay.

Attorneys for Schwarzenegger (R), Attorney General Jerry Brown (D), two gay couples and the city of San Francisco all filed legal motions Friday asking Chief U.S. District Court Judge Vaughn Walker to implement his ruling striking down California's voter-approved same-sex marriage ban as unconstitutional.

In overturning Proposition 8 on Wednesday, Walker said he was ordering the state to cease enforcing the 22-month-old ban. But he agreed to suspend the order until he could review the briefs submitted Friday.


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