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Samsung seeks a retrial of the retrial in Apple copycat caseview story

http://www.talkandroid.com – The Samsung vs Apple war is one of those wars that may never end. Last year’s famous copycat trial ended with a $1.05 billion reward for Apple, but $410 million of it was dropped by judge Lucy Koh after some mistakes were found in the jury’s calculations. (IT news)

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The AllSeen Alliance leaves me with that WTF feeling.view story

http://phoronix.com – 1. First off the name of the foundation and what the project is about, invokes an involuntary FACEPALM. 2. Next is the source code license. ------------------------------------ The Alliance will release project code under the ISC License and provide no other rights for such code other than those expressly granted in that license. (HowTos)

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TalkAndroid Weekly Recap for December 2 – December 8, 2013view story

http://www.talkandroid.com – We had another busy week at TalkAndroid so here’s a recap of all the top stories. As we head into the winter, all eyes will be focused on the Galaxy S 5 and the successor to the HTC One (M8). What does Samsung and HTC have in store? Google already updated KitKat to 4.4.1 fixing the Nexus 5 camera among other enhancements. (IT news)

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Apple Files With U.S. Government For More Information Request Transparency As It Releases First Reportview story

http://techcrunch.com – Today, Apple has released its first ever report on government information requests, detailing exact numbers of account information and data requests internationally. (IT news)

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LXer: Microsoft & Friends Define ‘Commitment to Openness’view story

http://www.linuxquestions.org – Published at LXer: The legal papers were filed by Rockstar Consortium, a patent troll owned by Microsoft, Apple, BlackBerry, Ericsson, and Sony. They hold 6,000 plus patents purchased in an auction for $4.5 billion from bankrupt Canadian telecom Nortel. Google had been bidding against Rockstar for the same patents, but dropped out after placing a $4.4 billion bid that didn’t hold up. (HowTos)

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Apple Swipe Keyboard Patent Shows Cupertino Knows Typing On iOS Is “Tedious”view story

http://techcrunch.com – Apple’s iPhone needs a much smarter keyboard. I’ve said it before, but here’s evidence Cupertino itself realises that hen-pecking individual letters is a “tedious task”. (IT news)

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Wait, When Did Software Become So Boring?view story

http://techcrunch.com – Maybe I’m just jaded and cranky. But as I wandered through Startup Alley at TC Disrupt this week, and even as I watched many of the Battlefield contestants, I found myself fighting eye-glazing ennui. Apps and services that help you connect and collaborate with others. Tools that help you build or use apps and services that help you connect and collaborate with others. Sigh. Been there. (IT news)

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Apple Exploring Earbud Tech That Can Compensate For Specific Fit In Each User's Earview story

http://techcrunch.com – The USPTO is big on Apple patents this morning, with a new application published around earbud technology spotted by AppleInsider. Apple’s own earbud designs have been mostly underwhelming, even if the last change for the stock set that comes with iPhones and iPods was an improvement. (IT news)

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The FSF is hiring: Seeking a full-time outreach and communication coordinatorview story

http://www.fsf.org – The Free Software Foundation (FSF), a Boston-based 501(c)(3) charity with a worldwide mission to protect freedoms critical to the computer-using public, seeks a motivated and organized tech-friendly Boston-based individual to be its full-time outreach and communication coordinator. This newly created position, reporting to the executive director, will work closely with our campaigns, licensing, an (Software)

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Perforce: Linux, Open Source Commitment Highview story

http://www.thevarguy.com – Should companies that produce mostly proprietary software invest in Linux development? In one sense, that seems as illogical as the artisanal-organic bread guy from the local farmers’ market buying shares in Wonder Bread. (IT news)