July 22, 2012, 12:15 AM

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Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
Apple and Google subsidiary Motorola Mobility both appeal Judge Posner's ruling  —  When Judge Posner dismissed an Apple v. Motorola Mobility patent infringement lawsuit in Chicago about a month ago, I analyzed his decision in detail and agreed with him in many ways, though I also predicted …
Rian van der Merwe / Elezea:
The real reason we're upset about Sparrow's acquisition  —  When the news hit that Sparrow has been acquired by Google, you could almost hear the collective sigh from those who use and love this wonderful iOS and Mac OS X email client.  Many people (myself included) took to Twitter to voice …
Harry McCracken / Techland:
Why Google or Facebook Buying Your Favorite Startup Means It's Probably Toast  —  When I learned this morning, via Twitter, that the small company behind Mac/iOS e-mail app Sparrow was being bought by Google, I almost didn't need to read the startup's announcement to know the upshot.
Ellis Hamburger / The Verge:
‘Sparrow for Windows’ was never an official Sparrow client, not even close to ‘weeks away’  —  We've just heard from sources close to Sparrow that the man behind “Sparrow for Windows,” Panos Tsimpoglou, was never hired by Sparrow CEO Dom Leca, and was never officially associated with the company's brand.
Tom Simonite / Technology Review:
Microsoft Mulls a Stylus for Any Screen  —  Adding a camera to a stylus could let it interact with any device—even one without a touch screen.  —  Microsoft is considering whether to release a stylus that could, after a software upgrade, interact with almost any existing display or device.
Dana Mattioli / Wall Street Journal:
Kodak Loses Patent Case Against Apple, RIM  —  Eastman Kodak Co. has lost a patent case against Apple Inc. and Research In Motion Ltd., dealing a blow to the onetime film giant's efforts to raise billions of dollars by selling off its intellectual property.  —  Kodak filed a complaint …
More: AppleInsider and CNET
Robert McMillan / Wired:
Darpa Funds Hack Machine You'd Never Notice  —  PwnieExpress' all-new Power Pwn.  All Images: PwnieExpress  —  If you saw this bad boy under your desk, would you say anything?  —  It may look like a surge protector, but it's really a remote access machine that corporations can use to test security and log into branch offices.
Anna Heim / The Next Web:
Audio brand Beats buys back 25% of its own shares from HTC  —  Audio equipment brand Beats is buying back 25% of its shares from HTC, the smartphone manufacturer announced today.  As you may know, the brand is best known for its “Beats by Dr. Dre” headphones.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
More Problems For Apple In Portugal?  Apparently It's Getting Sued For 40M Euros By A Reseller [Report]  —  Another legal tangle for Apple in Portugal?  Just days after a consumer rights group in the country said it was preparing to bring legal action against Apple over the wording …

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