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August 28, 2012
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  • Apple asks that U.S. court block 8 Samsung phones
    In the wake of its federal court victory, Apple filed on Monday for a temporary injunction aimed at banning eight Samsung Electronics smartphones, most of them older models, including some Galaxy and Droid handsets, in the U.S. In its filing, Apple said it could legally block 28 Samsung products but offered a "tailored" menu designed "to address a portion of the immediate, ongoing irreparable harm that Apple is suffering." Any hard feelings between the companies are not expected to extend to the hardware side: Apple buys all of its iPhone and iPad chips from Samsung. Bloomberg Businessweek (8/27), Reuters (8/27), The Wall Street Journal (8/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Verdict may hurt Google's standards-essential patent claims: The federal court jury that awarded Apple $1.05 billion in damages also blocked Samsung Electronics' counterclaim that its own standards-essential patents were violated, a decision that could hurt Google's efforts to secure royalties on its own patents. As a result of the verdict, Google may attempt to circumvent the patent problem by issuing speedier Android updates. Reuters (8/28), CNET/Android Atlas blog (8/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Improving chip designs depends on advanced technology
    The pressure to keep shrinking the dimensions of semiconductors, especially those going into smartphones and other mobile devices, continues to drive the chip industry. Intel and other leading chipmakers are betting on extreme ultraviolet lithography to deliver the minute designs of future chips, but the technology has proved difficult to implement so far, this article notes. The Wall Street Journal/Dow Jones Newswires (8/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Apple verdict may help some rivals but could set back Asian vendors
    Shares of Apple's non-Android competitors rose Monday as investors bet that the company's patent victory will boost companies such as Research In Motion, Microsoft and Nokia, who remain aloof from the issues facing Android phones. "With this ruling, there's a real chance both Windows Phone and BB10 will get a second look. Of course, RIM has to ship it first," hedge fund manager Eric Jackson said of RIM's long-delayed BlackBerry 10 operating system. Some analysts said the verdict could prove challenging for Asian phone-makers that have relied on building Android phones. Total Telecom Magazine (U.K.)/Globe and Mail (8/28), The Wall Street Journal (8/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Wireless Emergency Alerts on your mobile device
    CTIA and wireless carriers representing nearly 97% of subscribers have partnered with the Federal Communications Commission and the Federal Emergency Management Agency to create a robust and reliable wireless emergency-alert system. Wireless Emergency Alerts is a national emergency-alert system that sends concise, textlike messages to users' WEA-capable mobile devices. Mobile users will not be charged for receiving these alerts and are automatically enrolled to receive them. Learn more about WEA on CTIA's website. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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