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A roundup of the latest high-tech news from The Associated Press:

• Cellular-capable iPads to reach stores on April 30

CUPERTINO, Calif. — Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL) says will reach customers’ homes and U.S. stores on April 30.

Apple Inc. started selling its new touch-screen tablet computer in early April. It can connect to the Internet using Wi-Fi.

The new models will be able to use cellular connections as well and will cost $130 more than the Wi-Fi-only versions. The least expensive has 16 gigabytes of storage space and will sell for $629. The most expensive, with 64 gigabytes of storage, will cost $829.

The new models can connect to AT&T Inc.’s mobile data network. People can pay for the data plan one month at a time.

Apple says people who pre-ordered the 3G iPads will also receive them on April 30.

• 10 nations tell Google of privacy concern on Buzz

NEW YORK — Officials from Germany, Canada, France and seven other countries are raising privacy concerns about Google’s mapping service and the company’s fumbled foray into social networking.

Although the concerns they raise are not new, the officials said the online search leader "too often" forgets people’s privacy rights as it rolls out new technologies.


The bulk of the complaints are over Buzz, which Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) launched in February as part of its Gmail service. Buzz quickly came under fire for automatically creating public circles of friends for users, based on their most frequent e-mail contacts. After complaints, the company apologized and made changes to the service.

But in the letter sent Monday to Google CEO Eric Schmidt, privacy and data-protection officials from the 10 countries said they are still "extremely concerned about how a product with such significant privacy issues was launched in the first place."

Google Street View, a mapping service that includes street-level photos taken by cameras mounted on cars that sweep through neighborhoods, is another area of concern. The officials complained that Google launched it in various countries without "due consideration of privacy and data protection laws and cultural norms."

"In that instance, you addressed privacy concerns related to such matters as the retention of unblurred facial images only after the fact, and there is continued concern about the adequacy of the information you provide before the images are captured," officials said in their letter, posted on the Web site of Canada’s privacy commissioner.

Google said it has "discussed all these issues publicly many times before and have nothing to add to today’s letter."

The other countries that signed the letter are Ireland, Israel, Italy, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Spain and the United Kingdom.

• Atheros Communications shares up after 1Q results
NEW YORK — Surprisingly upbeat first-quarter results sent shares of chip maker Atheros Communications Inc. up sharply Tuesday. Lazard Capital Markets analyst Daniel Amir lifted his price target for shares to $47 from $42 in a client note Tuesday.

He also reiterated a "Buy" rating on the company’s stock. Amir said Atheros has a solid position in the personal computer market, where it is growing at the expense of rival Intel Corp. He also sees the company gaining market share for chips that go into Bluetooth wireless technology for portable computers. And he said new opportunities are coming from consumer products with Wi-Fi, such as e-readers, tablet computers and new gaming devices.

After the market close Monday, Atheros posted adjusted earnings of 57 cents per share and revenue of $214.7 million. Analysts polled by Thomson Reuters were looking for 51 cents per share and revenue of $201.2 million, on average. Atheros stock climbed $3.07, or 7.7 percent, to $42.83 in afternoon trading.

• Amphenol shares jump after strong 1Q results

WALLINGFORD, Conn. — Shares of Amphenol Corp. got a boost Tuesday after the maker of electronic and fiber optic connectors and cables posted stronger-than-expected first-quarter results and indicated it expects to beat current Wall Street estimates this quarter. Shares rose $2.54, or 5.8 percent, to $46.56 in midday trading. Earlier, the stock hit a 52-week high of $47.20.

The company earned $98.4 million, or 56 cents per share, up 32 percent from $74.4 million, or 43 cents per share, in the same period a year earlier. Excluding a tax-related gain, it earned 55 cents per share in the latest quarter.

Revenue rose 17 percent to $771 million from $660 million. Currency translation boosted sales by about 2 percent, or $15 million. Analysts, on average, were expecting a profit of 51 cents per share on revenue of $749.2 million, according to a poll by Thomson Reuters.

"The sales increase was driven by strengthening demand in a diverse range of our end markets including: information technology and data communications equipment, automotive, industrial, and broadband," said R. Adam Norwitt, president and CEO, in a statement.

The company forecast second-quarter profit of 60 cents to 62 cents per share on revenue of $820 million to $835 million. Analysts expected earnings of 55 cents per share on revenue of $786.6 million.