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July 24, 2012, 12:05 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Accused Movie Pirate Sues for Defamation and Millions in Damages  —  Since early 2010, hundreds of thousands of people in the U.S. have been sued for downloading and sharing copyrighted content on BitTorrent.  —  Since there are so many of them these lawsuits are hardly newsworthy anymore …
More: Betabeat
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 …
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.
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Pearltrees Comes To The iPhone, Goes Beyond Bookmarking And Adds Photos, Notes, Offline Mode  —  Few startups make it through a year without a pivot or two these days.  That really can't be said about social bookmarking service Pearltrees, however.  The company has stuck pretty closely to its roadmap ever since its launch in 2009.
More: The Next WebThanks:@pedaviet
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Tenaya Capital Closes ‘Oversubscribed’ $372M Fund, Seeks A New Kayak  —  Tenaya Capital, the venture fund spun out of Lehman Brothers in 2009 with a history of backing companies like Kayak, Palo Alto Networks and Zappos, has just closed its latest fund totalling $372 million — in its words …
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.

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