Apple has said it is "deeply offended" by a BBC investigation into conditions for workers involved in manufacturing its devices.
U.S. stocks rose, with the Standard & Poor's 500 Index erasing its loss for December, after the Federal Reserve spurred the biggest two-day jump in three years.
Instagram, the photo-sharing app owned by Facebook Inc. (FB), is probably worth $35 billion, almost double its previous valuation, according to an analyst.
Unemployment rates fell in 41 U.S. states in November and were unchanged in six more, reflecting healthy job gains across the country.
MINSK, Belarus - Belarus has imposed a 30 percent fee on currency exchange transactions in an effort to contain panic that has spilled over from neighboring Russia.