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Chrysler recalling Jeep Liberty, Dodge Nitro SUVs

Updated: 2013-04-10T04:43:05Z

SUV recall

Chrysler is recalling more than 78,000 midsize SUVs because the drive shafts can break. The recall affects 2007 and 2008 Jeep Liberty and Dodge Nitro SUVs. Chrysler says in documents filed with the government that a heat shield can drop and rub against the drive shaft, causing it to wear and break. If the shaft breaks, the SUVs will lose power and the side air bags may inflate. Dealers will install a bracket to hold the shield in place at no cost to customers.

Attack ads

Microsoft is skewering Google again with scathing ads that say as much about the dramatic shift in the technology industry’s competitive landscape as they do about the animosity between the two rivals. The missive that began Tuesday marks the third phase in a 5-month-old marketing campaign that Microsoft Corp. derisively calls “Scroogled.” The ads, which have appeared online, on television and in print, depict Google as a duplicitous company more interested in increasing profits and power than protecting people’s privacy and providing unbiased search results.

Mortgage settlement

The nation’s largest banks will begin sending payments this week to millions of Americans who may have been wrongfully foreclosed on during the housing crisis. A total of $3.6 billion in cash will be distributed to 4.2 million borrowers, the Federal Reserve and the U.S. comptroller of the currency said Tuesday. Payments will range from $300 to $125,000.

Amtrak ridership up

Amtrak says ridership has increased in the first six months of fiscal year 2013, with ridership in March setting a record as the single best month ever in Amtrak’s history. The railroad says ridership grew nearly 1 percent from October 2012 to March despite disruptions from weather, including Superstorm Sandy. Amtrak said 26 of 45 routes had rider increases.

AT&T roaming deal

AT&T Inc. has agreed to a roaming deal with Boingo Wireless Inc. giving AT&T subscribers access to Wi-Fi hot-spot coverage in major airports around the world. AT&T customers who sign up for global data packages will be able to use the Boingo airport networks, according to a statement. Under the deal, Boingo subscribers can also log on to AT&T’s collection of Wi-Fi hot spots throughout the U.S., including airports, restaurants and sports arenas.

Canine TV

DirecTV will begin airing DogTV, a $5.99-a-month premium channel aimed at canine viewers. Under a multiyear agreement between DirecTV and DogTV, the channel will be available on the satellite service in the third quarter.

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