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August 24, 2012, 10:30 PM

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Howard Mintz / Mercury News:
Apple wins $1 billion victory over Samsung  —  In a verdict that would have warmed the heart of late Apple CEO Steve Jobs, a federal jury on Friday handed Apple a resounding legal victory in its bitter patent war with Samsung, ordering the South Korean tech giant to pay more than $1 billion in damages for …
Billy Gallagher / TechCrunch:
Apple Awarded $1.049 Billion In Damages As Jury Finds Samsung Infringed On Design And Software Patents  —  The jury in the landmark Apple-Samsung trial ruled mostly in favor of Apple, including awarding Apple $1,049,343,540 in damages.  Samsung, on the other hand, was granted a total of $0 in damages.
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple and Samsung issue official statements on today's rulings  —  Following Apple's major win against Samsung in United States court regarding mobile device patents, both companies have issued statements.  The first statement comes from Apple's PR head, Katie Cotton, who is grateful for the jury's time and effort.
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
After meeting with Apple execs, analyst expects no television solution any time soon  —  The company's prospects for a near-term TV breakthrough appear to be bleak  —  FORTUNE — It's hard to know what to make of the signals coming out of the meetings with individual analysts Apple's (AAPL) executive staff has been holding lately.
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
Evernote Announces Evernote Business With Company-Wide Sharing And Phone Support  —  Evernote CEO Phil Libin just announced a new product aimed at small- and medium-sized companies (or small- and medium-sized teams within large enterprises) — appropriately, it's called Evernote Business.
Jeff John Roberts / paidContent:
Wall Street Journal offers free Wi-Fi in NYC and San Francisco  —  Newspapers have been trying all sorts of gimmicks, from paywall promos to “open houses,” to get readers to discover their websites.  The latest by the Wall Street Journal is clever: thousands of free Wi-Fi hotspots throughout New York City and San Francisco.
Andrew Gill / WBEZ:
Empire State Building shooting leads to social media payday for one Instagrammer  —  As the world tries to figure out the motives of the Empire State Building shooter, one random Instagram photo provides a window into the dirty underbelly of photo licensing for wire services.
Jim Tanous / The Mac Observer:
MacBook Pro Mountain Lion Battery Life: 10.7 vs 10.8 vs 10.8.1  —  TMO TALK (139)  —  Shortly after the launch of OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion, users of portable Macs began to report significant reductions in their battery life on Cupertino's latest cat.  Reports varied, but independent testing showed …
Elinor Mills / CNET:
Court affirms $675,000 penalty in music-downloading case  —  Joel Tenenbaum, penalized $675,000 for illegally downloading 31 songs online, looks on as court upholds the size of the damages fee.  The fee had been lowered once; then reinstated.  —  A federal court in Massachusetts today upheld …
Susan Decker / Bloomberg:
Apple Cleared Of Infringing Two Google Patents By ITC  —  Apple Inc. (AAPL) didn't infringe two patents owned by Google Inc. (GOOG)'s Motorola Mobility unit for wireless technologies used throughout the electronics industry, a U.S. trade agency said today in a decision that reduces the likelihood of an import ban on the iPhone.
Donna Tam / CNET:
iPhone trails at No.7 in China's smartphone market, report says  —  The Chinese hold Apple's products in high regard, but the iPhone is too costly and isn't hooked into China Mobile's network, analysis firm IHS says.  —  Despite Apple's popularity in China, the iPhone is only No. 7 …
Chris Ziegler / The Verge:
Microsoft and RIM battle for third place, but is four a crowd?  —  There is a business principle that you may be familiar with.  The leader in the market, for one reason or another, is always the most successful.  The second person can be quite successful, the third one has to struggle …
More: eWeek
Scott Merrill / TechCrunch:
Twitter Joining the Linux Foundation  —  The overwhelming majority of web-based services today rely on Linux.  More and more of these companies are joining the Linux Foundation, the “nonprofit consortium dedicated to fostering the growth of Linux.”  The Linux Foundation provides a neutral ground …
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
Carriers Love BlackBerry 10, Says RIM  —  Research In Motion's new BlackBerry 10 operating system and the handsets on which it will run are still months away from shipping, but the company's leadership is already showing them off to their carrier partners.  And it says responses so far have been quite positive.
More: eWeek and IntoMobileTweets: @2bluesolutions
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
The Rest of MOG Finds a Home: Radio Chain Townsquare Buys Ad Network  —  In July, headphone-maker Beats bought MOG's music streaming service.  But it didn't buy all of MOG — the company still operated a Web ad network focused on music blogs.  —  Now that has been sold, too.

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