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July 24, 2012, 11:10 AM

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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.
Ryan Tate / Wired:
YouTube Fights Horrible Commenters by Naming Names  —  YouTube is pushing its notorious commenters to name themselves.  —  When you comment on, or upload a video, YouTube will now urge you to “start using your full name on YouTube,” and ask if the video-sharing site can begin displaying …
Gina Smith / ReadWriteWeb:
Mark Zuckerberg Wins Approval For His First-Ever Patent Application - From 6 Years Ago  —  In the last few months, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg took his company public, got married and scored a nearly $6 million home loan at just over 1%.  What could possibly top all that?
More: CNET
9to5Mac:
Noted analyst shares predictions for next-generation iOS devices, MacBooks, iMacs  —  MacRumors reports on new research notes from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.  The reports are broken down into discussions about the next-generation iPod touch and iPod nano, iPad mini and iPad, and 13-inch MacBook Pro and iMac.
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.
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.
Ian Hardy / MobileSyrup.com:
4G LTE BlackBerry PlayBook launching July 31st, will retail for $550  —  Here it is!  The much talked about launch of RIM's 4G LTE-enabled BlackBerry PlayBook tablet is upon us.  This tablet was originally announced back at Mobile World Congress in 2011, but subsequently delayed.
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Benchmark, Greylock And Others Go In For $18.6M On Nextdoor, A Facebook For Local Communities  —  Localized social network Nextdoor is announcing an $18.6 million dollar round today, led by Benchmark Capital and followed on by DAG Ventures, Greylock Partners and Shasta Ventures.
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.
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.
Darrell Etherington / BetaKit:
Apigee Raises $20M, Looks to Grow API Business Internationally  —  Apigee, the Palo Alto-based company that provides application programming interface (API) support, management and service, today announced a new $20 million round of venture investment, led by Focus Ventures …
Rip Empson / TechCrunch:
August Capital Raising $550M For Sixth Venture Fund, “Sticking To What Works”  —  August Capital, the 17-year-old Sand Hill venture capital firm, is raising a new $550 million investment fund, according to documents filed this morning with the SEC.  —  August Partner Howard Hartenbaum …
More: VentureBeat and PE Hub BlogThanks:@ryanlawler
Owen Thomas / Business Insider:
Yahoo Employee Makes A HOPE Poster With Marissa Mayer's Face Instead Of Obama's  —  There are posters hanging on the walls of Yahoo's Sunnyvale headquarters.  They depict the company's new CEO, Marissa Mayer, in the style of Shepard Fairey's iconic “Hope” poster.
More: Betabeat and Marketing PilgrimTweets: @alexia and @kentbrew
Andy Greenberg / Forbes:
Hacker Will Expose Potential Security Flaw In Four Million Hotel Room Keycard Locks  —  Brocious demonstrating his unlocking tool on an Onity lock in a New York City hotel.  —  The next time you stay in a hotel room, run your fingers under the keycard lock outside your door.
More: The Verge and CNET
Jamillah Knowles / The Next Web:
Speak up: The EU Commission wants to know your thoughts on Net Neutrality  —  The European Commission has launched a public consultation seeking answers to questions on transparency, switching and certain aspects of internet traffic management, with a view to its commitment to preserve the open and neutral character of the Internet.
More: The Verge

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