Morning News Memo
It’s a problem any company would dearly love to have. How do you handle a global surge in demand? All those long lines and frenzied fans may have Apple scrambling to meet orders for the iPhone 5, which goes on sale today. Apple is expecting the biggest phone launch ever. The company could sell 10 million iPhone 5s by the end of September. The iPhone 5 is being rolled out first in the U.S., Canada, Australia, Germany, France, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore and the U.K. The new smart phone goes on sale next week in 22 more countries. Apple stock has surged 70% this year. There are grumbles to be sure, especially about Apple’s decision to replace Google’s map app with its own version. ABC News Technology editor Joanna Stern has the latest.
Over at Microsoft, they’re worried about hackers. There’s a new update to the Internet Explorer browser to fix a security problem that could expose personal computers to hacking attacks. A permanent repair to the security flaw is expected today. Microsoft began offering a temporary patch for the problem earlier this week on a part of its website set up for technical issues. The permanent solution to the problem will be automatically installed on PCs running on Microsoft’s Windows operating system if the machine is set up to receive important updates. Microsoft is urging PC users who haven’t enabled their machines for automatic updates to retrieve and install the permanent patch as soon as possible.
Do you have a rainy day fund? Ask almost any personal finance expert and you’ll be told it’s a really good idea to put aside money for emergencies. A new survey by the American Payroll Association finds 68% of Americans live paycheck to paycheck. Respondents were asked how difficult it would be to meet their current financial obligations if their paychecks were delayed for a week. Most said they would find it somewhat or very difficult to meet their financial obligations if their paychecks were delayed. Payday loan stores market to consumers who are stretched thin and have no savings. But most charge very high fees.
Royal Dutch Shell hopes to tap into a huge new potential source of oil off the north coast of Alaska. Federal officials have given Shell approval for limited work in the Beaufort Sea. A Shell drill ship, the Kulluk, is positioned in the Beaufort waiting for the whaling season to end. After many months of study, the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement already gave Shell approval for similar work in the Chukchi Sea. The company can’t drill into petroleum zones until its spill response barge is in place. A containment dome on the barge was damaged in tests last weekend. Shell says it will drill pilot holes and perform other well preparation work this year. The company hopes to tap into an estimated 26 billion barrels of recoverable oil and 130 trillion cubic feet of natural gas in U.S. Arctic waters.
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