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Parents Sue Apple for Purchases Made by Kids

Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- A group of California parents unhappy with Apple over money they didn’t know their children were spending in games has now gotten the go-ahead from a California judge to proceed with a class action lawsuit against the company.

The suit revolves around “game currencies” -- real money used within games to buy coins or other in-game tools -- that the parents claim children purchased without their knowledge.

According to the suit, “children were able to purchase ‘game currencies’ without their parents’ knowledge or authorization while playing game applications, provided by Apple and advertised as free.”

The parents also claim the games are designed to be “highly addictive,” with specific reference to the Smurf Village app as a “bait-and-switch” type game in which the app is free, but the 1,000 in-app credits offered cost $59.

The suit was filed by Garen Meguerian on behalf of a number of others in April 2011. Additional groups of parents have filed similar suits in the state, which were then consolidated into one large class-action suit.

Prior to early 2011, Apple let users buy game currency up to 15 times without re-entering a password in the game. The parents claim they were unaware that purchases could be made without re-entering the password, which resulted in children charging the parents’ accounts in amounts ranging from $99.99 to $338.72.

Apple did fix the issue in early 2011, but the parents claim the company was in the wrong and that it still makes it too easy for kids to buy without parent permission.

Apple has argued that the issue should be dismissed because the in-app purchases were stated in the Terms & Conditions signed by the parents before purchasing the app, “thus making the individuals purchases not voidable.” However, Judge Edward Davila ruled against Apple’s request to dismiss the case.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Whitney Houston’s Death Spurs Skyrocketing Song Sales

Kevin Winter/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- Sales of pop icon Whitney Houston’s records have soared since it was announced that the singer was found dead in a bathtub at Los Angeles’ Beverly Hilton Hotel.

Seven of Houston’s records are currently in the top 10 on’s best sellers in music list, and the legendary singer who died at the age of 48 was only edged out of the top spot by singer Adele, who took home six Grammy awards Sunday night. Houston’s compilation Whitney Houston – The Greatest Hits comes in at number two.

Fans instantly drove Houston to number one the iTunes charts as well, with her cover of Dolly Parton’s “I Will Always Love You” shooting to the top of the site’s charts and becoming the number one download. Her 1980s classic “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” is also in the top 10, and a number of the singer’s other singles quickly re-entered the iTunes top 100.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Griffin 'Twenty' Makes Any Speakers AirPlay Compatible

Andrea Smith/ABC News(LAS VEGAS) -- AirPlay is a great way to wirelessly stream audio from your iTunes library, but only newer speakers are AirPlay-enabled. At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Griffin Technology showcased Twenty, a way to give your existing non-powered speakers an upgrade.

It's an audio amplifier that uses an AirPort Express to capture the AirPlay stream, decode it, and then send sound through your existing speakers.

Twenty comes equipped with a power connection and a mount for AirPort Express. It features a 2.1 channel sound system with 20 watts of output per channel.

No word yet on cost or availability.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


News Corp Introduces 'The Daily'

Photo Courtesy - WILLIAM WEST/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) --  Rupert Murdoch announced the launch of News Corp’s iPad daily newspaper The Daily at an event in New York Wednesday morning.

The new multimedia service is available in the Apple iTunes store for people who already have iPads.

According to the announcement, Verizon has sponsored the 99-cent weekly subscription costs for the first two weeks. Beyond that initial period, users will pay 99 cents per week or an annual subscription of $39.99.

They don’t have a version for Android- or Windows-based tablet computers and users on the web will see redacted content without a pay-wall.

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