WASHINGTON — Abdullah al-Kidd, born in Kansas and once a star running back at the University of Idaho, spent 16 days in federal detention in three states in 2003, sometimes naked and sometimes shackled hand and foot, but was never charged with a crime.
On Monday, the Supreme Court agreed to decide whether he may sue John Ashcroft, the former attorney general, for what Mr. Kidd contends was an unconstitutional use of a law meant to hold “material witnesses.” Mr. Kidd says the law was used as a pretext for detaining him because he was suspected of terrorist activities.
“The iPad,” writes Deutsche Bank’s Chris Whitmore in a note to clients issued Monday, “is driving a rapid, unprecedented shift in the structure of the computing industry.”
To illustrate that point, Whitmore has taken a chart of domestic PC market shares over the past seven quarters as measured by IDC, which doesn’t consider tablets to be personal computers, and redrawn it with the iPad added in (see table on right).
Citigroup Inc. managed to grow its core businesses broadly in the third quarter. Revenue and profits rose from the year-earlier period despite wobbly capital markets as Chief Executive Vikram Pandit appeared to turn the ship in a new direction.