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Better revise your letter to Santa this year...
Apple cancels supply schedule of iPad 3 for 2H11 -- US-based tablet PC players Apple has recently canceled its iPad 3 supply schedule for the second half of 2011, forcing other tablet PC brand vendors that are set to launch same-level product to compete, to follow suit and delay their launch; however, supply of the iPad 2 in the second half will still be maintained at 28-30 million units, according to sources from the upstream supply chain. Apple was originally set to launch its iPad 3 in the second half of 2011 with a supply volume of 1.5-2 million units in the third quarter and 5-6 million in the fourth quarter, but Apple's supply chain partners have recently discovered that the related figures have all already been deleted, the sources pointed out.

The right to sell thin mints.
Girl Scout Cookies vs. City Zoning Laws -- In Hazelwood, Mo., Carolyn Mills and her daughters, Abigail, 14, and Caitlin, 16, have sold Girl Scout cookies from their driveway for years. But after a neighbor complained that the cookie stand created too much traffic and was causing dogs to bark, city officials told the Millses that selling cookies there violated the city's zoning code.

Apparently it's "billionaire speak out to the press" week.
Starbucks' Schultz Urges Fellow CEOs to Halt Campaign Giving -- Starbucks Corp. (SBUX) Chief Executive Officer Howard Schultz urged other CEOs to boycott donating to U.S. political campaigns to encourage leaders to solve the nation's growing budget deficit. "I am asking that all of us forego political contributions until the Congress and the President return to Washington and deliver a fiscally disciplined long-term debt and deficit plan to the American people," Schultz wrote in an e-mail sent to business leaders that was obtained by Bloomberg News.

Rage against the machine.
Protest Over Chemical Plant Shows Growing Pressure on China From Citizens -- In the aftermath of a large protest on Sunday in a major metropolis in northeast China, Dalian, that craving for rigid orderliness appears increasingly ephemeral. In the face of ever more sophisticated efforts to control and guide expression, significant protests -- and visceral public shows of unhappiness with government -- appear to be becoming regular features of life.

- Sheena Moore

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