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August 20, 2012, 3:30 PM

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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.
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.
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).
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 …
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple Becomes Most Valuable Publicly-Traded Stock Ever  —  Milestones for Apple's stock are falling rapidly in recent days, with another strong performance today pushing Apple past Microsoft for the title of most valuable publicly-trade stock ever, a distinction Microsoft has held since December 1999.
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.
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).
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.
Larry Dignan / ZDNet:
Judge: Google didn't comply with blogger disclosure order in Oracle trial  —  Summary: “Google suggests that it has paid so many commenters that it will be impossible to list them all.  Please simply do your best but the impossible is not required,” says Judge William Alsup.  —  Larry Dignan
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.
Stephen Shankland / CNET:
Ethernet's future: How fast is fast enough?  —  Your PC may not need a faster network, but overall data usage on the Web is doubling every year.  The big question: Can the venerable Ethernet standard handle a terabit per second?  —  Slow network speeds got you down?
Ed Bott / ZDNet:
Microsoft radically overhauls license agreements for Windows 8  —  Summary: For Windows 8, Microsoft has completely rewritten its license agreements, replacing legalese with plain language and for the first time allowing retail customers to legally install cheaper OEM versions.  Here's what's new.
More: PC WorldThanks:@edbott
Mike Isaac / AllThingsD:
Quora Debuts Embedded Quotes to Better Court Publishers  —  Quora announced a new function on Monday that allows third-party publishers to more easily highlight Quora content on outside sites.  —  With “Embedded Quotes,” publishers can now click an embed link from underneath Quora user entries …

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