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July 27, 2012, 11:25 AM

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Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Apple Buys Samsung's Android Security Partner AuthenTec For $356M  —  Amid fierce smartphone competition between Samsung and Apple that has spilled into a multinational patent battle, it looks like Apple may have opened yet another front on the M&A side: it is buying mobile security company AuthenTec …
Larry Dignan / ZDNet:
Why Apple wanted AuthenTec: Thwart Samsung, Android in BYOD  —  Summary: If Apple didn't buy AuthenTec, a cash strapped mobile security player, it's likely another rival would have.  Apple's courtship of the enterprise via the bring your own device continues.  —  Larry Dignan  —  Follow @ldignan
Facebook Investor Relations:
Facebook Reports Second Quarter 2012 Results  —  Facebook, Inc. (NASDAQ: FB) today reported financial results for the second quarter, which ended June 30, 2012.  —  “Our goal is to help every person stay connected and every product they use be a great social experience,” said Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook founder and CEO.
Somini Sengupta / New York Times:
Bryan Bishop / The Verge:
The iPad that never was: kickstands, curves, and ‘highly confidential’ Apple prototypes revealed  —  We already got a look at some early iPhone designs inspired by Sony and the iPod, but court documents have revealed an assortment of different looks that were considered for Apple's various iOS products …
Nick Wingfield / NYT Bits:
Microsoft Admits Risk in Tablet Plans  —  Sometimes the only way to get a straight answer from a company on a thorny topic is through its government filings.  —  In an annual report that it submitted to the Securities and Exchange Commission on Thursday afternoon, Microsoft finally conceded something …
Dan Levine / Reuters:
Apple U.S. margins for iPad roughly half of iPhone: court filing  —  (Reuters) - Apple Inc earned gross margins of 49 to 58 percent for U.S. iPhone sales between April 2010 and the end of March 2012, while gross margins on the iPad were much lower during much of that period, according to a court filing.
Stephen Shankland / CNET:
OAuth 2.0 leader resigns, says standard is ‘bad’  —  The standard grew too far away from its roots as a simple Web authentication technology, author Eran Hammer-Lahav says, and now is insecure and overly broad.  —  OAuth 2.0 author Eran Hammer-Lahav has declared the authentication standard a failure.
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John Ribeiro / Computerworld:
Samsung's Q2 smartphone shipments nearly twice those of Apple, say research firms  —  The smartphone market grew 32 percent year-over-year in the quarter to reach 146 million units, said Strategy Analytics  —  Samsung shipped nearly twice the number of smartphones as Apple during the second quarter …
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Apple Working on Advanced Display for Future Video Glasses  —  Apple has been toying with a heads-up display or video glasses since 2006 and they've already been granted a patent for their invention.  Then earlier this month Apple's video glasses project won a surprising second patent …
Jeff Blagdon / The Verge:
Motorola Android devices banned in Germany for infringing Microsoft's FAT patent  —  A Mannheim Regional Court has ruled on Microsoft's FAT patent case against Motorola, granting Microsoft's request for a ban on relevant devices, according to Florian Mueller of FOSS Patents.
Jeff John Roberts / GigaOM:
Apple digs in to protect ‘app store’ name  —  At a time when Amazon poses a growing threat to its dominant iTunes service, Apple is doubling down on efforts to drive its rival away from the term “appstore.”  —  In court filings last week, Apple demanded that Amazon provide an executive …
Nathan Ingraham / The Verge:
Amazon CFO 'doesn't see a way to do same-day delivery'  —  A few weeks ago, it seemed like Amazon might have cracked a solution to offering some customers same-day delivery, a service that could potentially devastate smaller competitors.  However, Amazon's CFO Tom Szkutak refuted that thought process on today's Q2 earnings call.

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