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May 6, 2014, 7:50 AM

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Kurt Eichenwald / Vanity Fair:
The Great Smartphone War: Apple vs. Samsung  —  For three years, Apple and Samsung have clashed on a scale almost unprecedented in business history, their legal war costing more than a billion dollars and spanning four continents.  Beginning with the super-secret project that created the iPhone …
Ina Fried / Re/code:
Apple-Samsung Jury Recalculates Verdict, but Leaves Intact Original $119 Million Award  —  A federal jury in San Jose on Monday recalculated its damage award, but left essentially intact its decision that Samsung owes Apple nearly $120 million in damages.  —  The move follows …
Brian Fagioli / BetaNews:
Lenovo announces two new 11.6-inch Chromebooks: the N20 for $279 and the N20p starting at $329  —  Lenovo announces N20 and N20p Chromebooks  —  I think it safe to say that the Chromebook movement has exceeded all expectations.  What first seemed like a silly Google experiment has blossomed into a legit Windows threat.
Rene Ritchie / iMore:
Apple is aware of iOS 7 mail attachment bug, working on a fix  —  A bug has been discovered in iOS 7 that causes email attachments to not be encrypted.  Before anyone panics, however, in order for an attacker to exploit the bug they'd need to a) steal your device and, b) …
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Christina Farr / Reuters:
Insight: Apple on medical tech hiring spree, a possible hint of iWatch plans  —  (Reuters) - Apple Inc is building a team of senior medical technology executives, raising hackles in the biotechnology community and offering a hint of what the iPhone maker may be planning for its widely expected iWatch and other wearable technology.
Harrison Weber / VentureBeat:
Google Search competitor DuckDuckGo teases major revamp, beautiful new design  —  DuckDuckGo, a privacy-focused search engine that skyrocketed in size following mass-surveillance leaks, will soon be completely redesigned.  —  According to a blog post from DuckDuckGo chief executive Gabriel Weinberg …
Joshua Ho / AnandTech:
Pros and cons of three key materials used to make smartphones: plastic, glass, and metal  —  A Discussion on Material Choices in Mobile  —  Within the past four years, the smartphone market has changed drastically.  Displays have dramatically increased in quality.  Battery life has increased.
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Paul Sawers / The Next Web:
John McAfee launches Chadder, a new encrypted private messaging app  —  Antivirus software pioneer John McAfee has launched a new messaging app called Chadder, with a focus on encryption and security.  —  The app is produced by Future Tense Private Systems (FTC), a company founded by McAfee …
Sean Gallagher / Ars Technica:
Hands-on: Android based Pwn Phone, a mobile penetration testing platform for white hat hackers  —  Android-based Pwn Phone is prepared to do evil for your network's own good  —  The Pwn Phone, with its external Wi-Fi adaptor case jacked into its USB port, is prepared to do evil for your network's own good.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
@WalmartLabs Buys Adtech Startup Adchemy, Its Biggest Talent Deal Yet  —  @WalmartLabs, the retailer's Silicon Valley-based innovation lab and R&D center, has now made its twelfth acquisition with the purchase of e-commerce technology company Adchemy, its biggest deal yet in terms of people.
Mike Beasley / 9to5Mac:
Apple welcomes new Senior VP Angela Ahrendts with 113,334 AAPL shares worth $68M  —  An SEC filing has revealed that Apple granted its incoming retail Angela Ahrendts 113,334 shares in the company.  At today's price (which hit $600 for the first time since the end of 2012), that comes out to about $68 million.
Larry Dignan / ZDNet:
EMC acquires Flash startup DSSD  —  Summary: EMC takes out stealth startup DSSD and plans to operate the Flash systems company as a standalone unit.  —  EMC said Monday that it has acquired DSSD, a stealth Flash storage system provider.  —  DSSD has developed a rack scale storage tier …
FaryaabS / SamMobile:
Exclusive: Samsung GALAXY Tab S - 2560×1600 AMOLED Display, Exynos 5 Octa, Fingerprint sensor and more  —  We are now in 2nd quarter of 2014 and Samsung has released 7 tablets, already.  However, the Korean giant isn't stopping just yet.  Samsung has a brand new tablet lineup in the pipeline and its calling it the GALAXY Tab S.

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