Here are today’s top stories on the U.S. from around the world.
In China consumers have to be extra careful with their shiny new iPhones: Apple offers shorter warranties in China than in any other country according to a report in The South China Morning Post. Now, after widespread anger in China, the American company has been forced to issue a public apology and extend the length of its warranty. To give you an idea of the level of vitriol, an editorial in the state-owned People’s Daily recently called Apple “dishonest” and “greedy” and urged Chinese to “strike away” its “unparalleled arrogance.”
“We still have many things to learn in terms of our operation and communication in China,” Apple said in its letter. Damn straight.
Serbia and Kosovo meet for talks
Although their war ended in 1999, Serbia and Kosovo still don’t get along. Now the U.S. and European Union have brought the two nations together in talks aimed at normalizing diplomatic relations. While Western officials remain optimistic, the Serbian Prime Minister recently described initial signs as “not encouraging.”
At the heart of the matter: whether Kosovo will grant full autonomy to the Serbs who make up the majority of the population in the young republic’s northern province. Kosovo, whose population is mainly ethnic Albanian and Muslim, declared independence from Serbia in 2008 and is now recognized by 99 UN nations, including the U.S. Read the fully story at Deutsche Welle.
Patels and Singhs
Random investigation of the day: a reporter from India decided to find out if an Indian-American convenience store owner had sold the winning $338 Powerball lottery ticket last week. Chidanand Rajghatta of The Times of India found out the answer was yes (Bob Patel, manager of a 7-Eleven in Mahwah, New Jersey), but his research led him to compile a list of the most popular surnames in the United States.
Patel, the surname of one of every ten Indian Americans, turned out be 172nd on the list, up from 591st in 1990. The top ten obviously comprised names like Smith, Johnson, Williams, and Brown, but Martinez and Hernandez made the top 20 and Asian surnames like Nguyen (Vietnamese) were in the top 100.