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July 24, 2012, 1:45 PM

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Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
Apple seeks $2.5 billion in damages from Samsung, offers half a cent per standard-essential patent  —  With their California trial approaching fast, Apple and Samsung made filings during the last few hours that shed light on what's at stake and on why the parties haven't been able to settle their dispute so far.
Jeff Blagdon / The Verge:
Apple wins European ban on Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7, loses 10.1N appeal  —  A ruling from the Dusseldorf Higher Regional Court in Germany turns a new page in the ongoing legal saga between Apple and Samsung, clearing the way for the Korean maker's redesigned Galaxy Tab 10.1N, but banning the smaller Galaxy Tab 7.7.
Jordan Robertson / Bloomberg Tech Blog:
Apple Warms Up to Hackers, Plans Presentation at Black Hat  —  Attendees are seen through a Black Hat logo during the Black Hat and Defcon hacker conferences in Las Vegas.  —  In the 15 years that computer hackers have gathered in Las Vegas for the Black Hat conference …
Jeff John Roberts / GigaOM:
Craigslist sues competitor PadMapper over listings  —  Craigslist has followed up on earlier threats and filed a lawsuit against popular apartment listing site PadMapper.  The case raises questions over whether Craigslist is stifling innovation or simply protecting its data.
More: TechCrunch
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple to Update iPod Touch with 4-Inch Display, A5 Chip, Buffed Aluminum Rear Shell?  —  In line with a fresh report from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claiming that Apple will be updating the iPod touch later this year with an “all-new” design using the same in-cell touch display technology rumored …
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Roger Cheng / CNET:
AT&T posts Q2 profit of $3.9B, sells 3.7M iPhones  —  The telecom giant posted earnings per share that topped Wall Street expectations thanks to cost cuts and lower wireless turnover.  —  Follow @RogerWCheng  —  AT&T posted a modest increase in its second-quarter profit even as it sold 3.7 million iPhones in the period.
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Verizon and Redbox Start Testing Their New Web Video Service: Here's What to Expect  —  Back in February, Verizon and Redbox announced a joint-venture video service but said little else about it.  —  Now they're back, and they're saying a little bit more: The service has a name …
Rob Copeland / MSDN Blogs:
Hardware accelerating everything: Windows 8 graphics … In computer graphics, high performance is a guiding principle.  In the early days of personal computing, discrete, add-on graphics cards were mostly focused on specialized applications such as CAD/CAM and gaming.
Ryan Lawler / TechCrunch:
Airbnb Acqui-Hires Brian Pokorny And The Batch/DailyBooth Team To Boost Mobile Adoption  —  Airbnb has grown dramatically over the last year, announcing last month that it topped 10 million total nights booked, with more than 200,000 active properties listed on its site.
Seth Weintraub / 9to5Mac:
Martin Scorsese does Siri commercial in NYC cab  —  This is the fourth ad in Apple's line of popular Siri commercials.  Martin Scorsese (via MacRumors) follows Samuel L. Jackson, Zooey Deschanel, and a pair of stinkers with John Malkovich.  Scorsese is found in his natural environment—on the streets of Manhattan in the back of a cab.
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
All eyes on Apple's earnings: Estimates are sharply divided  —  The pros are looking earnings of $10.32 on sales of $37.2B.  The indies are at $12.29 and $41.45B.  —  FORTUNE — It's one of the most closely watched corporate events of the season: Apple's (AAPL) earnings report for the most recent quarter …
Matt Richtel / New York Times:
Silicon Valley Worries About Addiction to Devices  —  Stuart Crabb, a director in the executive offices of Facebook, naturally likes to extol the extraordinary benefits of computers and smartphones.  But like a growing number of technology leaders, he offers a warning: log off once in a while, and put them down.
More: Betabeat
Dan Primack / Fortune:
Nice-ira: Andreessen Horowitz returns first fund twice over  —  Silicon Valley firm hits major milestone. … Andreessen Horowitz has returned its debut fund two times over, following news that VMWare (VMW) will acquire Nicera Inc. for more than $1 billion in cash, Fortune has learned.
Jolie O'Dell / VentureBeat:
Y Combinator startup Chute lands $2.7M, connects dots between developers and media  —  Chute, a startup that helps developers quickly and easily bring multimedia content into their apps, has just sealed a $2.7 million funding deal with a few of the usual suspects in Silicon Valley early-stage investment.
Stuartdredge / Music Ally:
DJ Shadow distributes through BitTorrent... and gets paid for it  —  Two years ago, DJ Shadow told his fans that “I won't give my art away”.  Now he's become the latest and most high-profile musician to distribute a ‘bundle’ of music and content through a partnership with BitTorrent.  Yes, for free.
More: GigaOM and TechCrunchThanks:@stuartdredge
Jordan Crook / TechCrunch:
Viber Updates iPhone, Android Apps To Version 2.2: Group Messaging, Improved UI, Enhanced HD Calling  —  Viber has just released version 2.2 of the app for both Android and iPhone, bringing some much-requested features to the platform for the very first time including group messaging and improved call quality.
Jon Fingas / Engadget:
Lenovo IdeaTab S2110 quietly goes on sale as the Gobots of transforming tablets  —  Lenovo's 10-inch IdeaTab S2 was one of the belles of its CES ball in offering a distinctly Transformer Pad-like experience for those not beholden to ASUS' view of the world.  While there wasn't much attention given …
Claudia Cruz / Mountain View, CA Patch:
Hacker Hostel ‘Illegal,’ Says Code Enforcement Unit  —  The novel idea to rent beds to engineers and developers per night in Mountain View houses not compliant with city code.  —  Two weeks ago Mountain View Patch wrote about the ‘hacker hostels’ in the city based on an article first published in The New York Times.
Thanks:@itod
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
And here it is!  Comcast's 305 Mbps tier  —  For $300, people in the Northeast, presumably in areas where Comcast competes with Verizon's fiber to-the-home offering, can soon get 305 Mbps service from Comcast.  Upload speeds will be 65 Mbps.  The nation's largest broadband provider unveiled its rumored …

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