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The Circuit: AT&T pledges 5,000 U.S. jobs if merger approved, CNN grabs Zite, Oracle probed by feds

LEADING THE DAY: AT&T promised Thursday that it would bring back 5,000 outsourced call center jobs to the U.S. if its merger with T-Mobile is approved. The company also said that, if the deal goes through, neither company will cut any employees on the payroll at their wireless call centers at the time of approval.

Communications Workers of America president Larry Cohen hailed the announcement in a statement, saying that “when a company like AT&T takes action to bring back quality jobs, it’s big news.”

CNN grabs Zite: CNN announced Wednesday that it will acquire the Zite, the iPad magazine app, to bolster its online and mobile delivery options. Zite has come under fire in the past from media organizations including The Washington Post, Dow Jones and the Associated Press for reproducing their news content without permission.

Zite will remain as a standalone operation, the companies said in a joint release. Zite CEO Mark Johnson will remain at the company and report to the CNN Digital team.

Oracle under investigation by U.S. government: Oracle is under investigation by the Justice Department and the Securities and Exchange Commission for possibly violating antibribery laws, the Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday. Citing people familiar with the matter, the report says the agencies are looking into the company’s software sales to governments in Western and Central Africa.

The report said that agents in the FBI’s Washington office are working with the DOJ on a criminal investigation into the company, while lawyers at the SEC are investigating possible civil violations.

WikiLeaks site goes down: The Web site for WikiLeaks temporarily went down late Tuesday, shortly following a message on the group’s Twitter account reading “ is presently under attack.” The attempt to take down the site comes after reports that the organization had unknowingly released unredacted versions of over 250,000 cables from the U.S. government — a report that the organization has denied.

The group recently put up redacted cables for public inspection, though it had previously only distributed information through partnerships with media organizations. Those partnerships have shown signs of strain; the group said that it has split with the U.K. paper The Guardian and has made snide remarks about the New York Times.

The group’s site is still offline for some users, according to reports on Twitter, but has largely been restored.

Financial Times apps pulled from Apple store: The app for the Financial Times was removed from Apple’s app store Wednesday, after the publication opted not to abide by the company’s subscription rules. The rules of the store required that in-app payments go through the iTunes Store, and that Apple gets a 30 percent cut of the money.

The company has launched a new Web app to fill the niche of the apps it removed from the App Store. Customers’ existing accounts will transfer to the new offering.

Hayley Tsukayama covers consumer technology for The Washington Post.



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