August 20, 2012, 12:45 PM

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Samsung CEO Said To Speak With Apple Today About Suit  —  Samsung Electronics Co. (005930)'s chief executive officer will talk with his counterpart at Apple Inc. to see whether they can resolve their smartphone patent dispute before a U.S. jury begins deliberating, according to a person familiar with the matter.
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Samsung's deleted Apple e-mail problem goes poof  —  Judge neutralizes a potentially damaging jury instruction  —  FORTUNE — The text at right is what Judge Judy Koh was prepared to tell the jury about the Samsung's policy of automatically deleting e-mails that might have been relevant to its patent battle with Apple (AAPL).
Nick Wingfield / New York Times:
Verdict in Apple-Samsung Trial May Echo Through Tech Industry  —  SAN JOSE, Calif. — This week, nine jurors are expected to hunker down in a federal courthouse here to decide a case that could change how the world's smartphones and tablet computers look and work.
Jessica E. Vascellaro / Digits:
Apple-Samsung Trial: The Jurors' Final Exam  —  This week, the high-profile patent brawl between Apple and Samsung gets handed to the nine men and women on the jury.  —  If you have ever wondered what it actually is that jurors get called to do, check out the complicated worksheets below from Samsung and Apple.
Michael Kan / PC World:
HTC Loses US$40 Million From OnLive Restructuring  —  Taiwanese smartphone maker HTC said on Monday it will have to book a US$40 million loss from its investment in U.S. cloud gaming service OnLive, which is restructuring after nearly going bankrupt.  —  HTC announced the investment loss …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Andrew Wallenstein / Variety:
Hulu CEO faces big changes  —  Jason Kilar set for mega payday; owners to alter content deals  —  “Outline transition plan for new CEO.  Discuss potential candidates and process.”  —  These sentences are the topmost bullet points of a confidential internal memo regarding the business of Hulu obtained by Variety.
Wall Street Journal:
Groupon Investors Give Up  —  Backers Retreat From Young Internet Firms That Haven't Lived Up to Hopes  —  Some of the early backers of Groupon Inc., including Silicon Valley veteran Marc Andreessen, are heading for the exits, joining investors who have lost faith in companies that had been expected to drive a new Internet boom.
Wall Street Journal:
Best Buy Names Former Carlson Chief as New CEO  —  Best Buy Co. has chosen a new chief executive to lead the company as it struggles with falling sales and manages a public back-and-forth with founder Richard Schulze, who proposed to take the retailer private earlier this month.
Surur / WMPoweruser:
StatCounter data shows Windows Phone overtaking Blackberry in US by November 2012  —  More by virtue of Blackberry's plummeting market share than amazing Windows Phone growth, it seems the installed base of Windows Phone is set to overtake that of Blackberry in US by the end of November 2012 (around week 47).
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
One Month After Selling To Microsoft For $1.2B, Yammer CEO Predicts End Of Silicon Valley  —  There is a pretty fascinating debate happening right now on David Sacks' Facebook page.  Exactly one month after the Yammer sale to Microsoft closed, Sacks is feeling pretty bearish about the startup ecosystem.
More: Business Insider, DealBook and BetabeatTweets: @mbaratz
Nick Bilton / NYT Bits:
Disruptions: The Next Wave for the Wristwatch  —  Cellphones have already muscled onto watches' turf as a time-telling tool.  Now, some of the biggest technology companies are eyeing your wrist, too.  —  Companies like Apple, Nike and Sony, along with dozens of start-ups, hope to strap a device on your wrist.
Tweets: @billg

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