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Apple Sales of iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus Set Record in First Weekend

Apple(CUPERTINO, Calif.) -- Apple said it sold more than 10 million iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus models in the first weekend they were available in stores, making it the company's best launch ever.

"Sales for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus exceeded our expectations for the launch weekend, and we couldn't be happier," Apple CEO Tim Cook said in a statement. “We would like to thank all of our customers for making this our best launch ever, shattering all previous sell-through records by a large margin."

Cook said he believes Apple could have sold even more iPhones in the first weekend had there been enough supply. He said the team was working hard to manufacture more of the new iPhones to meet demand.

With larger screen sizes -- 4.7 inches for the iPhone 6 and 5.5 inches for the iPhone 6 Plus -- Apple has tapped into the consumer appetite for bigger phones, giving Samsung, which has dominated the giant phone market, some competition.

The iPhone 6 starts at $199 for a 16 GB configuration, $299 for 64 GB and $399 for a 128 GB configuration, with a two-year contract.

The iPhone 6 Plus starts at $299 (16 GB), $399 (64 GB) and $499 (128 GB). Both phones come in three colors: gold, silver and space gray.

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Americans Have Spent Billions on Smartphone Repair and Replacement

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- So, have you dropped your new iPhone 6 yet?  You know, it's bound to happen. The phone insurance firm SquareTrade says damaged iPhones have cost Americans $10.7 billion since their introduction in 2007.

The total amount Americans have spent on repair and replacement of all their smartphones in the last seven years -- including iPhones -- is over $23.5 billion.  

According to a SquareTrade survey of more than 2,400 smartphone users, the most common damage is the cracked screen. A quarter of iPhone owners have cracked a screen at some point, with 15 percent currently using a device with a cracked screen.

As you probably learned the hard way, cracked screens can prevent iPhone owners from using certain features.  Forty percent of iPhone owners with cracked screens couldn't read/send email or couldn't use certain letters, and 27 percent couldn't use apps like Facebook, Maps or Uber.  Twenty percent of people with cracked screens couldn't take photos, and 20 percent couldn't unlock the screen.

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General Motors Recalls 220,000 Sedans for Fire Risk

General Motors(DETROIT) -- General Motors is recalling more than 220,000 vehicles due to brake pad malfunctions that may result in a fire.

The defect can cause the pads to stay partly engaged, forcing the auto company to recall 205,309 vehicles in the United States and an additional 16,249 internationally, the New York Times reports.

Affected vehicles include 2014-15 Chevrolet Impalas and 2013-15 model Cadillac XTS cars, though the company says it is not aware of any injuries, deaths, or crashes related to the models.

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Professional Stand-Ins Wait in Line for iPhone 6

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- How much would you be willing to pay to get the new iPhone 6 on the day it came out, without having to wait in line?

Robert Samuel knows some people are willing to pay good money to have someone else do the waiting for them. In fact, he has turned line-waiting into a prospering business.

Samuel and his company, Same Ole Line Dudes, are professional line waiters -- literal stand-ins for other person who want the new iPhone 6, latest limited edition shoes, new video game console, whatever the hot ticket item is of the moment.

Friday was the first day customers could purchase the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in stores, and Samuel got an order to secure 22 iPhones for 11 impatient customers. Hours before Apple stores in New York City opened, he and the other 10 men he employed to secure the phones scouted locations across the city to see which would be best, sharing war stories and comparing wait times.

Samuel, 39, got in line at the Apple store on 14th Street in Manhattan around 6 p.m. on Wednesday and waited for the next 38 hours to secure the iPhones.

He charges $25 for the first hour of waiting, and $20 for each additional hour. The full rate for his 38-hour wait for the iPhone 6 was $765.

Most of the time, Samuel says he stands in line, but since he lives near the store, he brought an IKEA rocking chair and his desk chair with him from home so he would be comfortable.

“You have to be patient, and you have to find ways in creative times to occupy your time,” he said. “You should always try to engage the people around you because the one thing you don’t want to do when you’re waiting in line is you don’t want to want the people behind you to be taken back when somebody switches up.”

“Switches up,” meaning sometimes Samuel will be paid to wait in line for someone else, until he gets close to the front, and the person who paid him wants to take over his spot so they get the glory of purchasing the item themselves.

He works full time as a security guard, but his line-sitting business has gotten steadier overtime since his first line-waiting job last year -- getting paid $100 to wait in line for the iPhone 5s after posting an ad on Craigslist offering his line-waiting services.

He has picked up more business over time, waiting in for Nike Air Jordan releases, women’s shoe sample sales, show tickets, even waiting in line for the famous cronut, the croissant-donut combination pastry, on a regular basis. Samuel said he gets requests four times a week to secure and deliver two $5 cronuts for other people and gets paid $60 each time to do it.

Requests also come in for sporting events. Although he didn’t go to Brazil for the World Cup this summer, Samuel said he went to the Brazilian embassy to pick up someone’s visas and passports for them.

It’s clear that Samuel’s customers trust him, and he’s willing to negotiate cost if he can’t secure the item he was sent out to get.

“You’re paying for the service of us waiting,” he said. “I always make that clear, in the name of good customer service, I would offer to give the money back especially if they’re a loyal customer because I don’t want to stiff someone who decides to use us repeatedly… you want to keep a customer, you want to make them happy.”

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Chrysler Recalls More than 230,000 SUVs for Fuel Pump Issue

Chrysler Media(AUBURN HILLS, Mich.) -- Chrysler Group announced a voluntary recall of more than 230,000 SUVs Saturday, citing fuel pump issues in certain 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokees and Dodge Durango SUVs.

While the company said it is unaware of any related accidents or injuries, a routine internal review found a pattern of repairs for fuel-pump relays in the car models.

Further investigation revealed that some relays are "susceptible to deformation," the company said in a statement, which could affect the device's function and prevent a car from starting, or even lead to engine stalling.

Other operations, such as the deployment of airbags, are not affected by the fuel-pump relay.

The recall hits an estimated 188,723 vehicles in the U.S., 15,898 in Canada, 7,126 in Mexico, and 19,013 outside the North American Free Trade Agreement region. Services for customers will be performed at no cost, according to Chrysler Group.

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ExxonMobil 'Winding Down' Drilling at Russian Well

Photo by David McNew/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- ExxonMobil will suspend drilling at its oil well in the Russian Arctic, complying with U.S. sanctions against Russia.

The company said that it would wind down operation, with the permission of the U.S. Treasury Department. ExxonMobil cited "the need to protect the safety of the individuals as well as the risk to the environment" related to the "complexity" of it University-1 well.

The Treasury Department, ExxonMobil says, granted the company a license to slow their drilling instead of ceasing it entirely immediately.

The well was involved in exploratory drilling, meaning it will have little to no impact on oil output.

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Ali Baba Soars in Its First Public Day on the Stock Market

vichie81/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A long-awaited IPO got a lot of attention on Friday, but it didn't do too much to help the markets. 

The Dow Jones Industrial Average went up 13.75 points Friday, closing at 17,279.74. The Nasdaq lost 13.64 points, ending the day at 4,579.79, while the S&P 500 lost .96 of a point, closing at 2,010.40.

The Chinese e-commerce company Ali Baba went public Friday, soaring 38% in its first day of trading to close at almost $94 per share. More than 100,000,000 shares were traded, and by mid-day, it was bigger than the Twitter IPO.

General Motors CEO Mary Barra says the company will begin working on a new Cadillac early next year. The high-end car will be built in Detroit and is expected to bring much-needed jobs to the city.

The NFL is facing several domestic violence scandals, but they don't appear to be hurting the bottom line. Merchandise sales are up 23% so far in September and the four highest-ranking TV shows last week were all NFL games.

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What to Do After You Buy an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus

Apple(NEW YORK) -- The new iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus is in your hands -- the culmination of weeks of anticipation.

Perhaps you were one of the millions of people who woke up in the middle of the night last week to be one of the first to pre-order the new smartphones. Or maybe you spent hours, days or even weeks camped outside an Apple store for the chance to be one of the first people to upgrade.

Now that the prize is in your hands, here's what you need to know to get acquainted with your new phone:

Getting Set Up

Assuming you've already backed up your data from your old iPhone to the iCloud or iTunes, you're now ready to get started.

Once you turn on your new iPhone, swipe the screen when prompted to begin setting it up. Choose a language, connect to Wi-Fi and then sign into your iCloud account.

Important: Don't upgrade to iCloud Drive just yet. The service, which makes sure you have the most up to date versions of your documents everywhere, only works on iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite, which has not yet been released to the public. This means you could potentially be unable to access your documents on another device.

Restore Your Backup

You should see the option "Restore From iCloud Backup." If you'd rather sync from iTunes, make sure you're connected via a lightning cable and select "Restore From iTunes Backup."

Depending on how much data you have to transfer, this could take a while. The iPhone should restart when the restoration is complete.

If you've never used an iPhone before, choose "Set Up As New iPhone."


Make sure you activate Touch ID when you're prompted during set-up. Your thumb print could make all the difference in keeping your private photos and messages secure.

New Features

The iPhones are also packed with new features, including "reachability." With a double touch, the display can slide down so users can reach "anything" at the top of the phone, an ideal feature for multitasking.

You also now have a reason to take the stairs -- the iPhone 6 will have a barometer for elevation.

Both devices also boast better cameras that have a faster and sharper focus.

Apple Pay, the company's digital wallet that is slated to make its debut in October, will also be supported on the new iPhones.

Battery Life

When it comes to battery life, both phones meet or exceed the iPhone 5 in all metrics -- so you may notice at least a slight difference.

The iPhone 6 has up to 14 hours of talk time on a 3G network, while the iPhone 6 Plus boasts up to 24 hours, according to information posted on Apple's website.

When it comes to surfing the Internet on Wi-Fi through the devices, the iPhone 6 has up to 11 hours while the iPhone 6 Plus can handle an additional hour.

The iPhone 6 has up to 11 hours of video playback, while the iPhone 6 Plus has up to 14 hours.

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Pabst Brewing Co. Purchased by Russian Beverage Distributor

Photo by Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Pabst Brewing Co., the brewer of popular American beer Pabst Blue Ribbon, among other offerings, has been acquired by Russian beverage distributor Oasis Beverages, as announced in a Thursday press release.

Oasis Beverages and private-equity firm TSG Consumer Partners partnered to acquire the brand. The Wall Street Journal reports that that deal values Pabst Brewing Co. as between $700 million and $750 million.

Eugene Kashper, Chairman of the Board for Oasis Beverages, will serve as the CEO of Pabst Brewing Company, and the headquarters will remain in Los Angeles, California.

Kashper called Pabst Blue Ribbon "the quintessential American brand."

"It represents individualism, egalitarianism, and freedom of expression -- all the things that make this country great," Kashper said in a statement.

Pabst Brewing Company also produces other American brands, including Rainier, Lone Star, Old Style, Schlitz and National Bohemian.

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Girls vs. Boys: How Hasbro's New Nerf Toys Compare

Hasbro(NEW YORK) -- Toy maker Hasbro is targeting the girl market by making toy gun play a more social activity.

Hasbro brand Nerf Rebelle's latest five toys, as part of the "Secrets and Spies" line, allow kids to write messages to friends on darts the company says will fly up to 85 feet away. The toys in the line include message decoders, "preparing kids for the ultimate spy mission," according to the company's product description.

The toy line's marketing language says it's built from "play insights" from over 1,200 girls and "delivers on features they asked for."

Nerf Rebelle, which is separate from the Nerf brand, was introduced last year, coinciding with the popularity of action heroines, such as arrow-wielding Katniss Everdeen in the Hunger Games book series and films.

In its marketing language, Nerf Rebelle avoids calling any of the purple and orange products weapons or guns, instead describing the cross-bow-like and shooting toys as "blasters."

The new toys are available now at major toy retailers and are intended for children ages 8 and older.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook Surprises Fans Waiting in Line for iPhone 6

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(PALO ALTO, Calif.) -- Apple CEO Tim Cook surprised iPhone enthusiasts who were lined up outside an Apple store Friday in Palo Alto, California, waiting to buy the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

Cook posed for selfies with Apple enthusiasts and cheered alongside them when it came time to open the doors at 8 a.m.

The phones, which were unveiled at a Sept. 9 media event in Cupertino, California, are already shaping up to be one of Apple’s biggest successes to date. Pre-orders for the smartphones have broken all previous benchmarks, according to the tech giant.

Cook has called the plus-sized devices the best phones Apple has ever produced.

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Apple's iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus Arrive in Stores

Apple(NEW YORK) -- The big day is here.

Sept. 19 has been circled on the calendar of Apple enthusiasts who woke up in the middle of the night last week to pre-order the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Others have spent days camped outside Apple stores for a chance to be one of the first customers to purchase the new smartphones when the doors open at 8 a.m. local time all across the United States.

Apple said a limited supply of phones will be available in its stores for walk-in customers Friday -- but they'll likely go fast.

The devices, which boast larger screens, are so popular since their unveiling last week that they have broken all iPhone pre-order sales records. More than 4 million pre-orders for the phones were placed when they went on sale last Friday, according to Apple. The iPhones are also in high demand from mobile carriers, many of whom projected delivery dates stretching into October.

One of the things that makes the iPhone so hot, aside from being the latest Apple product, is the larger screen sizes. The iPhone 6 is 4.7 inches, while the iPhone 6 Plus measures 5.5 inches diagonally, giving Samsung, which has dominated the giant phone market, some competition.

The iPhones are also packed with new features, including "reachability." With a double touch, the display can slide down so users can reach "anything" at the top of the phone, an ideal feature for multitasking.

Apple Pay, the company's digital wallet that is slated to make its debut in October, will also be supported on the new iPhones.

The iPhone 6 starts at $199 for a 16 GB configuration, $299 for 64 GB and $399 for a 128 GB configuration, with a two-year contract.

The iPhone 6 Plus starts at $299 (16 GB), $399 (64 GB) and $499 (128 GB). Both phones come in three colors: gold, silver and space gray.

If you're not getting a new iPhone Friday, be sure to check out the next best thing. Earlier this week Apple unveiled iOS 8. While the operating system will come installed on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, users of certain earlier generation Apple products will also be able to download it on their devices.

The operating system makeover is being hailed as Apple's biggest ever because it comes with a slew of new updates to popular apps, including messages, photos and the keyboard -- making your old device feel new again.

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Oracle CEO Larry Ellison Steps Down

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(REDWOOD SHORES, Calif.) -- Oracle founder Larry Ellison announced Thursday that he will step down as the software company's CEO.

The tech guru, 70, and prominent public figure will turn over the reins to his two co-presidents, Safra Catz and former Hewlett-Packard executive Mark Hurd.

Ellison founded the Oracle in 1977. It is valued at $185 billion.

Ellison follows other influential founders to turn over the chief executive office, including Bill Gates in 2000 and Steve Jobs in 2011.

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McDonald's Customers Dish About Free Coffee on Social Media

McDonald's(NEW YORK) -- McDonald's latest free coffee promotion is in full swing, and excited fans are talking about it on social media.

Customers can stop by participating locations in the United States until Sept. 29 for a free small McCafe during breakfast hours.

The fast-food chain says it knows how much people need their coffee, and is calling on people who come in to "sip and tell" by sharing embarrassing moments that happened before they got their caffeine fix, on social media using the hashtag #SipandTell.

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First iPhone 6s in Moscow Cost Up to 90,000 Rubles or $2,300

Mario Tama/Getty Images(MOSCOW) -- As hundreds line up around the world for the new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, gray market importers in Russia are starting to fly them in and re-sell them at a massive profit.

In Moscow, home to three Bentley showrooms but zero Apple stores, there is no shortage of people willing to pay top dollar to have the latest phone even just a few days before everyone else. Internet stores are offering the new phones at a substantial markup, but those who want to receive them before next week will have to pay even more.

Among several vendors contacted by ABC News, most that said they would have the phones by Friday night priced the basic 16 GB version of the iPhone 6 at around 60,000 rubles, or roughly $1,550. (The prices quoted on their websites are for delivery next week.) That’s more than double the cost in the United States, where an unlocked, contract free iPhone 6 starts at $649.

One store priced the basic iPhone 6 model at 89,990 rubles, or over $2,300. Across the board, iPhone 6 Plus prices were about 10,000 rubles, or over $250, more than the smaller phone.

“They’re very expensive right now,” a salesperson at said, advising callers to wait until next Tuesday or Wednesday when the price will drop roughly in half.

The stores said they’re seeing just as much demand, if not more, for this year’s new iPhones compared to previous years. One vendor said he had a long waitlist and could not say when they would be available. Most of the shops said they were seeing more demand for the iPhone 6 Plus compared to the iPhone 6, despite the higher price.

In previous years the price in rubles for the newest model iPhone was nearly the same, though Russia’s currency has taken a dive since then, driving down the price in dollars.

The vendors said their phones were arriving mainly from Europe and the United States. The first batches are expected to arrive Friday night and Saturday morning. Some sellers declined to say whether they had paid customs duties to import them. Others insisted they were legit and offered one year warranties.

An authorized Apple retailer in Russia said they did not expect to receive the new iPhones until next Friday. Even then they’ll offer the basic iPhone 6 model for 31,990 rubles, or over $830.

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