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March 1, 2013, 10:25 PM

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Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
Judge strikes $450 million from $1 billion damages award in Apple v. Samsung: second trial needed  —  Judge Lucy Koh, the federal judge presiding over two Apple v. Samsung cases in the Northern District of California, has just entered an order striking (or, more precisely, vacating) $450,514,650 …
Colleen Taylor / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Is Now Officially Calling Itself A ‘Technology Company’, Ditching The ‘Digital Media’ Tagline  —  Yahoo today issued its annual 10-K report to the Securities And Exchange Commission.  These kinds of forms have a lot of boilerplate language that is reused again and again — often …
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
Einhorn's Greenlight Drops “Silly” Apple Suit  —  Hedge fund magnate and famous Apple bull David Einhorn has dropped his lawsuit against the company in which he holds some 1.3 million shares.  Einhorn's Greenlight Capital on Friday withdrew the suit it brought against Apple over a proxy proposal …
Zach Epstein / BGR:
BlackBerry coup confirmed: iPhone, Android users make up half of Z10 sales in Canada, one-third in UK  —  BlackBerry (BBRY) is at the start of a very long haul as the struggling smartphone maker attempts to stage a comeback for the ages.  Early sales of the company's first next-generation …
Jamie Rigg / Engadget:
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Facebook holding an event to show off a ‘new look for News Feed’ on March 7th  —  Facebook has just sent out an invite to press with the text ‘come see a new look for News Feed’.  The event will be held at Facebook's Menlo Park headquarters on Thursday March 7th, 2013 at 10am PST and we'll be on site.
Ben Lovejoy / MacRumors:
Apple Offers Refund After British Boy Spends $2500 on In-App Purchases in 15 Minutes  —  A five-year-old boy in the UK accidentally made £1700 ($2550) of in-app purchases in a freemium game in just 15 minutes after asking his father to type in the password for a free download, reports the BBC (via Gizmodo).
Bloomberg:
Google Defeats Publishers Over Copyright in German Parliament  —  Google Inc. (GOOG) and other news aggregators may continue to show short news items on their Internet sites without being required to pay, German lawmakers decided in a parliamentary vote today in a blow to publishers including Axel Springer AG (SPR) and Bertelsmann SE.
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
The Raspberry Pi: One year since launch, one million sold  —  The Pi super-charged DIY projects and offers a perfect teaching tool.  —  The folks who built the Raspberry Pi knew they had a great idea, but they probably didn't anticipate just how successful it would be.
Elizabeth Spiers / Fast Company:
Exclusive: Andrew Mason's Last Interview As Groupon CEO  —  One month ago, I interviewed then-Groupon CEO Andrew Mason for a forthcoming Fast Company feature on the future of Groupon.  His performance—at turns, defensive, weary, combative, and naïve—foreshadowed his firing on Thursday.
David Hsieh / DisplaySearch Blog:
Smaller Tablet PCs to Take Over in 2013?  —  The launch of the iPad mini in late 2012 has been seen as an acknowledgement by Apple that smaller size (7-9") tablet PCs would become a larger part of the market than larger sizes (9.7" or 10.1").  Key aspects are more attractive prices and the ability …
Alex Wilhelm / The Next Web:
FTC: Chairman was unaware of Google's donation to ceremony celebrating his work during investigation  —  The FTC has responded to yesterday's controversy regarding Google and its director stating that he knew nothing at the time of the donation in question.  This implicitly states …
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Chris Welch / The Verge:
At last, Microsoft brings Photosynth panorama app to Windows Phone 8  —  After previously making the panaroma app available for iOS (and Windows Phone 7 after that), Microsoft is finally bringing Photosynth to Windows Phone 8.  As you'd expect, Microsoft has tapped into WP8's feature set …

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