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German court tosses patent troll's $2.2B patent suit against Apple

02/28/2014, 07:02 am

A German court on Friday threw out two patent lawsuits leveled against Apple by non-practicing IP licensing firm IPCom, one of which sought $2.2 billion in damages over alleged infringement of a wireless patent.

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California court ruling frees drivers to use map apps on cellphones

02/28/2014, 05:02 am

A California state appellate court on Thursday reversed a ruling of a man who was ticketed for using a mapping app on his iPhone 4 while driving, opening the door to reform of the state's laws regarding cellphone use while driving.

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Briefly: Apple adds 'Shop Accessories' section to Online Apple Store

02/28/2014, 04:02 am

In an update to the Online Apple Store early Friday morning Apple added a new section dedicated to accessories, which collects all first- and third-party products .

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Amazon reportedly looking into music streaming service for Prime members

02/27/2014, 07:02 pm

Amazon recently initiated discussions with major music labels in an effort to kickstart a streaming service for its paying Prime members, one report says, possibly signaling the entry of yet another service into the crowded Internet radio space.

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Apple retains title of 'most admired' company for 7th straight victory

02/27/2014, 08:02 am

For the seventh year in a row, Apple has been deemed the "World's Most Admired Company," edging out rivals such as Amazon and Google to take first place in the 2014 rankings.

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South Korea allows Samsung to continue use of SEPs in litigation, rejects Apple complaint

02/27/2014, 01:02 am

South Korea's antitrust authority, the Korea Fair Trade Commission, on Wednesday rejected an Apple complaint asserting Samsung is unfairly leveraging its portfolio of standard-essential wireless patents against rivals in ongoing litigation.

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Arizona governor vetoes gay discrimination bill Apple rallied against

02/26/2014, 08:02 pm

Arizona Governor Governor Jan Brewer on Wednesday vetoed a controversial bill that would have, in effect, legalized wide-ranging discrimination of homosexuals as an extension of religious freedom. Apple, along with a number of other major U.S. corporations, banded together to have the bill shot down.

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Director David Fincher may reteam with writer Aaron Sorkin for 'Steve Jobs' film

02/26/2014, 12:02 pm

David Fincher, the acclaimed director who was behind the camera for Aaron Sorkin's Academy Award winning "The Social Network," is said to be in talks to reteam for the film adaptation of Walter Isaacson's "Steve Jobs" biography.

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Apple officially appeals e-books antitrust ruling, asks for dismissal or retrial

02/26/2014, 02:02 am

Apple on Tuesday filed an appeal over a U.S. district court ruling that found the company responsible for e-book price-fixing, requesting a reversal of the decision or, barring that, a new trial in front of a new judge.

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Apple starts iBeacon product certification under 'Made for iPhone' program

02/25/2014, 06:02 pm

In a push for wider iBeacon adoption, Apple on Tuesday released specification requirements under the "Made for iPhone" program for third-party manufacturers looking to build products incorporating the Bluetooth LE-based technology.

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Apple updates retail store webpage with iOS 7-inspired design

02/25/2014, 04:02 am

Apple on Monday refreshed the "Apple Retail Store" section of its website with a clean aesthetic inspired by iOS 7, complete with "flat" graphics and copious white space.

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Tim Cook's early life in small town Alabama profiled by local newspaper

02/24/2014, 10:02 pm

Alabama paper AL.com on Monday published a profile of Apple CEO Tim Cook, offering a peek into the chief executive's formative days in Robertsdale through interviews with teachers, friends and his parents.

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Steve Jobs statue unveiled ahead of installation at Apple's Cupertino HQ

02/24/2014, 05:02 pm

Fittingly revealed on his birthday, a bust of Apple cofounder Steve Jobs was unveiled in Belgrade on Monday, with the art piece bound for the company's headquarters in Cupertino, Calif.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook remembers late Steve Jobs 59 years after his birth

02/24/2014, 01:02 pm

Monday would have been the 59th birthday of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs -- a fact recognized by his successor Tim Cook, who posted a pair of quotes from Jobs on his official Twitter account.

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Apple sues Chinese government agency over Siri patent dispute

02/24/2014, 09:02 am

Apple has targeted both a Chinese government agency and a Shanghai-based company in a new patent lawsuit related to the ownership of Siri, the voice-driven personal assistant found on iPhone and iPad.

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Samsung breaks from Android with redesigned, Tizen-powered Gear 2 smartwatches

02/23/2014, 04:02 am

Korean electronics giant Samsung on Saturday unveiled the second generation of its Gear smartwatch line, updating the wrist-worn device's industrial design and moving from Google's Android to the Samsung-backed Tizen operating system.

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Apple confirms OS X contains same SSL security flaw patched with iOS 7.0.6, says fix coming 'very soon'

02/22/2014, 09:02 pm

Apple on Saturday said it is working to fix a flaw in OS X that could in some cases allow hackers to intercept communication sent using SSL/TSL security protocols. The same error was patched in an iOS update the company rolled out on Friday.

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Apple and Samsung fail to reach settlement agreement ahead of patent trial, still willing to talk

02/22/2014, 12:02 am

In a court document jointly filed to the District Court for the Northern District of California late Friday, Apple and Samsung reported mediation talks had failed, but noted both parties are willing to continue discussions ahead of a patent trial scheduled to begin at the end of March.

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Apple acquires app testing and advertising company Burstly

02/21/2014, 02:02 pm

The latest target of Apple's recently-busy mergers and acquisitions staff is Silicon Beach company Burstly, a deal that could bolster both the iAd platform and the Xcode development suite.

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Samsung accused of strong-arming Korean media to suppress coverage of unfavorable film

02/21/2014, 01:02 pm

At least one Korean newspaper is thought to have been pressured by Samsung into retracting stories that make mention of a new movie following the life and death of a worker at one of the Korean conglomerate's semiconductor plants.

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