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A roundup of the latest high-tech news from The Associated Press:
• Apple to charge $107 for iPad battery replacement
CUPERTINO, Calif. — Apple says it will replace iPads with dying batteries for about $100.
Apple Inc.’s iPhone and iPad both have sealed-in batteries that owners can’t replace themselves. As it does with the iPhone, Apple says it will give people whose iPads have a "diminished ability to hold an electrical charge" an entire new unit. The service will cost $99 plus $6.95 in shipping charges.
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Apple’s first iPads, which can connect to the Internet using Wi-Fi but not cellular networks, go on sale April 3. The least expensive model will cost $499.
• Amazon cuts off Colorado affiliates after tax change
DENVER — Kristie McNealy blogs from her suburban Denver home about raising four children and health issues. Her husband, Rob, a floor installer, runs another Web site offering product reviews and advice on hardwood floors.
It’s not just for fun. Whenever someone clicks on a link to buy a book or product that their sites mention from an online seller, the McNealys get a commission. And if that customer comes back the next day to that same retailer and buys a television, they get a cut of that, too.
Last week, the McNealys, along with at least 4,000 others like them, lost a chunk of their business when Amazon.com announced it was cutting ties with its Colorado-based affiliate marketers — Web sites and bloggers that help it sell products.
In severing those ties, Amazon blamed a new state law requiring it to collect up to an estimated $4.6 million in online sales taxes a year, which will help the state close a $1.3 billion budget shortfall.
Amazon has dropped affiliates in two other states — North Carolina and Rhode Island — that passed laws requiring the company to collect state sales tax on online purchases. Those states claimed that in-state affiliates were akin to outposts for online retailers, and therefore the companies had to collect sales tax. Getting rid of the affiliates got Amazon off the hook from doing so.
• Facebook opening operations office in India
MUMBAI, India — Social networking site Facebook is opening an operations office in India, its first in Asia, to help manage rapid growth in the number of users.
The office, in the southern Indian city of Hyderabad, will have advertising and developer support teams, the company said Monday. It will supplement Facebook’s other centers in Palo Alto, California; Dublin, Ireland; and Austin, Texas.
The move is part of a push to create support centers across time zones, with round-the-clock, multilingual support, the company said.
The number of Facebook users has rocketed to over 400 million since it was founded in 2004.
Seventy percent of users are now outside the U.S. and use the site in over 70 languages, Don Faul, director of global online operations, said in his blog Monday.
"In India alone, we’ve seen rapid growth and now have more than 8 million people there actively connecting on Facebook," he said.
According to its website, Facebook is hiring in the U.S., Italy, Spain, Australia, Ireland, England, France, Japan, Germany, Sweden and Canada, as well as India.