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July 27, 2012, 7:05 PM

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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
Wall Street Journal:
Apple, Google Line Up to Bid for Kodak's Patents  —  Battle lines are forming in Eastman Kodak Co.'s patent sale ahead of Monday's initial bid deadline.  —  At least two groups are expected to bid on Kodak's trove of 1,100 patents, with a bevy of technology and patent heavyweights picking sides …
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Apple's Mountain Lion Off to a Roaring Start  —  Thanks to its easy download and low price, Apple's Mountain Lion appears on pace to be one of the most quickly adopted operating systems in history.  —  After just its first 48 hours on the market, Apple's new Mountain Lion already accounts …
Aaron Souppouris / The Verge:
Google+ traffic soars: 66 percent increase in nine months  —  Traffic analytics site ComScore has revealed a large increase in visits to Google+.  According to ComScore, the number of unique visitors to the social network has increased by 66 percent over the last nine months …
Jason Schreier / Kotaku:
Multiple Law Firms Are Now Investigating Zynga For Possible Stock Shenanigans  —  Bad news just got worse for the makers of FarmVille.  It looks like a whole lot of lawyers are about to pounce on one of gaming's biggest companies.  —  Following news that Zynga insiders sold large amounts …
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.
American Banker:
VeriFone CEO on Square's Latest Funding Round?  ‘Pets.com’  —  Square is close to raising $200 million, according to reports, for an implied valuation of $3.25 billion — nearly as much as its well-entrenched point of sale competitor VeriFone, which is currently worth about $3.7 billion.
More: Business InsiderTweets: @karaswisher
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.
More: hueniverse and digitaltrends.comTweets: @stshank
Mark Gillett / The Big Blog:
What Does Skype's Architecture Do?  —  In the last few days we have seen reports in the media we believe are inaccurate and could mislead the Skype community about our approach to user security and privacy.  I want to clear this up.  —  At Skype, we continue to be humbled and grateful …
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 …

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