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July 24, 2012, 12:55 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 …
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.
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
Benjamin Mayo:
How Many People Use Twitter's Own Apps?  —  On the latest Talk Show, Gruber wondered what the spread of Twitter clients really is.  It made me realise that no one has really explored how many people use Twitter's own apps.  I thought I'd (try to) find out.
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.
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.
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.
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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 …
Bryan Bishop / The Verge:
Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 unboxed, has 2GB of RAM and phone messaging capabilities  —  Since being announced way back at MWC, Samsung's Galaxy Note 10.1 has seen a steady stream of leaks and design tweaks, and now it appears to have landed in the hands of one new owner.
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 …
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
Greg Finn / Marketing Land:
“Subscribe” For Pages Being Tested By Facebook  —  Last week a fan spotted an abnormal occurrence that was showing on our Facebook page; a “subscribe” button.  Nestled directly to the right of the Like button, the subscribe button appeared, mirroring the subscribe for users implementation.
More: WebProNews
Meghan Kelly / VentureBeat:
Report suggests malware hits Iran atomic organization, blasts AC/DC at night  —  A purported Iran scientist working for the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran e-mailed an SOS to F-Secure Chief Research Officer Mikko Hypponen this weekend, saying the AEOI was under a cyber attack.
Larry Dignan / ZDNet:
Box rolls out Windows Phone app, bolsters Qualcomm ties  —  Summary: For Box customers, Windows Phone is the No. 3 platform—at least in terms of interest.  —  Larry Dignan  —  Follow @ldignan  —  Box is betting on the Windows Phone platform with a native application.

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