FORTUNE -- Did you miss the report Monday about the Samsung Galaxy S3 that caught fire in the pants pocket of a Swiss teenager, sending out shoulder-high flames and inflicting second- and third-degree burns on her right thigh?
I'm not surprised. These things can happen in any device powered by lithium-ion batteries, and the news of such incidents tends to fly under the radar.
Unless, of course, the device that catches fire is made by Apple (AAPL). Then -- whether it's an iPod in Japan, a MacBook in California or an iPhone in Finland -- the Internet lights up like a Christmas tree and doomsday pundits start weighing in.
Take, for example, this Your Gadget Guide video from last March titled "Apple iPhone 5 Catches Fire - Apple Going Downhill?"
Fair is fair. Where are the YouTube videos about Samsung's decline?
An obscure piece of regulation has the potential to wreck havoc on supply chains -- and could boost the price of your iPad.
By Jia Lynn Yang, writer
The lithium-ion battery is the unsung hero of our gadget-obsessed times. It's everywhere: in laptops, cameras, medical devices, BlackBerrys, yes, even iPads.
Regulators at the Department of Transportation are less thrilled with the rechargeable batteries and say they can self-combust in mid-flight, so they're proposing MOREApr 26, 2010 10:22 AM ET
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