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August 20, 2012, 11:35 AM

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Bloomberg:
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.
Jessica E. Vascellaro / Wall Street Journal:
Jury's Turn in Apple-Samsung Trial  —  SAN JOSE, CALIF.—A federal court jury this week is set to begin tackling a question that has consumed the mobile-device market: Did Samsung Electronics Co. rip off features of Apple Inc.'s iPhone and iPad?  But there are actually many questions.
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.
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:
Cloud-gaming service OnLive reveals details behind its asset sale and new investor  —  After a wave of criticism about how it treated its employees, cloud-gaming service OnLive revealed details behind the sale of its assets to a newly formed company.  —  The new company will continue …
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.
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
Matthew Green / A Few Thoughts …:
Dear Apple: Please set iMessage free  —  Normally I avoid complaining about Apple because (a) there are plenty of other people carrying that flag, and (b) I honestly like Apple and own numerous lovely iProducts.  I'm even using one to write this post.  —  Moroever, from a security point of view …

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