Europe vs. Apple: Facing the Music

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When Norway's consumer protection agency filed a complaint last June against Apple (AAPL), the Cupertino (Calif.)-based digital music and computing giant barely blinked. After all, with sales booming around the world, how much damage could a small band of critics in a nation of 4 million people wreak?

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