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Posted on: Saturday, May 1, 2010

BUSINESS BRIEFS
Honda recalling 167,000 Acuras to fix steering hose


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BlackBerrys were among the big sellers as sales of cell phones were up 22 percent worldwide in the first quarter of 2010.

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WASHINGTON Honda Motor Co. is recalling about 167,000 Acura TSX cars to fix power steering hoses that could deteriorate and cause a fire under the hood.

The recall, announced yesterday, involves TSXs from the 2004-2008 model years. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said on its website that high temperatures under the hood could cause the power steering hose to crack and leak power steering oil.

The oil can leak onto a hot exhaust pipe and cause smoke and a burning smell, or even a fire. Honda spokesman Chris Naughton said the automaker had received one report of a minor fire related to the issue. He said there have been no reports of accidents or injuries.

The Japanese automaker said the recall is expected to begin in late May.

APPLE TO SILENCE LALA MUSIC SERVICE

LOS ANGELES Apple Inc. is shutting down its newly bought Lala online music service amid speculation it is creating a way for iTunes customers to listen to songs stored on distant computers.

The move comes just weeks before an annual conference for developers in San Francisco on June 7 at which the secretive company tends to announce big news. Last year, it used the conference to unveil the latest version of its popular iPhone, the 3GS.

With Apple continuing to build a $1 billion data center in Maiden, N.C., that rivals the largest such facilities in the world, some executives in the online music industry believe that Apple is poised to announce an Internet-powered version of iTunes that would do away with the need to download songs.

SALES OF CELL PHONES UP 22% IN 1ST QUARTER

NEW YORK The number of cell phones sold worldwide rose 22 percent in the first quarter compared with a year earlier, as both the economic recovery and an appetite for smart phones drove a rebound in sales, according to research firm IDC.

Research in Motion Ltd., the Canadian maker of the BlackBerry smart phones, broke into the top five of the world's largest phone makers for the first time.

Manufacturers shipped 295 million phones in the quarter, IDC said. The report is based on publicly reported figures from the major phone manufacturers.

Nokia Corp. kept its place at No. 1, followed by Samsung Electronics Co. and LG Electronics Inc.

Just under the top five lurks Apple Inc., which had higher sales than Motorola for the first time in the first quarter.