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AM News: Kutcher as Steve Jobs?, Foxconn Pledges to Increase Wages, TweetDeck Experiences Outage

Happy April Fool's Day! Wait, this is real? Oh...looks like the joke is on us all, as what was initially believed to the most well-thought out hoax is a genuine news article - with Ashton Kutcher tipped to play the part of Apple CEO Steve Jobs in an upcoming movie. Entertainment magazine Variety first made us look twice with this revelation after announcing that 'Two and a Half Men' star Kutcher would be playing the coveted role, with director Joshua Michael Stern - of Kevin Coster's 'Swing Vote' fame - taking the helm in the Jobs biopic.

Apple and its main partner, Foxconn, has pledged to raise the salaries of its workers building iPhones and iPads along with cutting down working hours. The decision follows the Fair Labor Association report where it was revealed that the Chinese manufacturer had committed serious breaches in regards to work related legislation. Consequently, Foxconn's parent company Hon Hai Precision Industry Co has promised to address the situation.

Since Siri made its introduction to an audience of eager and innovative users, the Internet has been buzzing with reports, ideas and rumours related to Apple's sassy digital assistant. The latest one on this matter comes from the creative minds of the Tuaw team. Recently, Erica Sadun put together a list of suggestions Apple might use to boost Siri's potential.

Just before the weekend TweetDeck experienced an outage, with a tweet informing users that: "TweetDeck is currently down while we look into an issue. Apologies for the inconvenience." Rumours quickly arose that the issue in question was a security breach, with an Australian user reportedly able to access hundreds of Twitter and Facebook accounts during the blackout.

Cisco Systems has announced it is planning to acquire ClearAccess, a private network management company. The deal, which should be completed by the end of Cisco's fiscal year in July 2012, is only concerning the software of ClearAccess, the hardware will remain as Smart RG Inc.

Ravi Mandalia

Ravi Mandalla was ITProPortal's Sub Editor (and a contributing writer) for two years from 2011. Based in Ahmedabad, India, Ravi is now the owner and founder of Parity Media Pvt. Ltd., a news and media company, which specializes in online publishing, technology news and analysis, reviews, web site traffic growth, web site UI. Ravi lists his specialist subjects as: Enterprise, IT, Technology, Gadgets, Business, High Net Worth Individuals, Online Publishing, Advertising, Marketing, Social Media, News, Reviews, Audio, Video, and Multi-Media. He has also previously worked as Dy. Manager - IT Security at (n)Code Solutions.