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Israel Ends iPad Ban

11:15 AM -- Israel ended its infamous ban on the Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) iPad on Sunday after conducting "intensive technical scrutiny in a controlled laboratory" to be sure it wouldn't disrupt other devices, the Associated Press reports.

"Of course, in the mainstream media, it was bad PR and we didn't like this," Yechiel Shabi, spokesman for Israel's Communications Ministry, said. "But we said we would test it and it took us a week. I think that is very fast."

Israel is the only country that has banned the device so far, despite having standards similar to those of many European countries.

In other news:

  • Craigslist is set to increase its revenue by 22 percent this year, thanks to its sex ads, The New York Times reports. These ads are expected to bring in $36 million, or a third of the site's revenues, this year, despite recent ethical and legal concerns. Previously the site donated revenue brought in from sex ads to charity but reversed this decision recently, saying it will no longer "comment on how that money would be used."

  • YouTube phenomenon "Annoying Orange" is seeking a TV deal, The Wall Street Journal reports. The series, which was created by North Dakota native Dane Boedigheimer, has racked up 108 million views since it appeared on YouTube in October. "When Dane puts up a [YouTube] show on Friday, by Monday it has a million and a half views. Any cable network would take those numbers," Boedigheimer's manager says.



    — Erin Barker, Digital Content Reporter, Light Reading Cable

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