Tagged With apple vs samsung

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Word is trickling in through the wire that Apple just scored another US court victory over Samsung. What does that mean? For now it looks like the United States International Trade Commission has ordered Samsung to stop selling and distributing devices that infringe on two Apple patents.

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The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Apple has finally signed a deal with something called Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co to make its guts for future iPhones and iPads. Specifically, TSMC will start mass-producing 20nm chips for Apple in 2014, paving way for longer battery life in Samsung-less iPhones and iPads.

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Judge Lucy Koh has given Samsung a huge discount on the damages it owes Apple. Originally billed to pay Apple over $US1 billion, Judge Koh has cut $US450,514,650 from Samsung's tab. The new total that Samsung owes is $US598,908,892. Still an unfathomable amount of money but an unfathomable amount of money less now.

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Everybody's knows about Steve Job's famous intentions to go thermonuclear on Android if necessary, but it seems that current CEO Tim Cook wasn't necessarily on the same tactical page. According to Reuters, unnamed sources with knowledge of the situation say that Cook was opposed to suing Samsung when the trouble started brewing, because Samsung was such a big parts supplier for Apple.

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Because the court system is an inescapable never ending maze of appeals and paperwork, a ruling doesn't seem to mark the end of anything. Even when the court said Samsung had to pay a billion dollars to Apple back in August, it can rule something differently tomorrow. Or at least, tweak and overturn something. Today, Judge Lucy Koh ruled that Samsung's infringement of the Apple patents were not 'willful' which means Samsung might be able to get a coupon on the billion it owes Apple. Maybe.

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The Apple vs Samsung battle is trucking along, and this time there's more bad news for Samsung. Yesterday, a somewhat censored version of presiding Judge Thomas Pender's suggested sanctions was published by the ITC and it includes not only an import and sales ban on the infringing products, but also the posting of a bond for 88 per cent of the value of those phones.

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After trying to be snarky and biting with its court ordered apology to Samsung, and being reprimanded by the UK court and told to fix it, Apple has now put a second, simple, much less back-handed "Samsung's dumb and we're the coolest" apology on their UK webpage. Hopefully this will be the end of it. 

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The smartphone fanboy wars seem both ridiculous and eternal. It's like everywhere you go on the internet, a simple statement of preference — even one that isn't pig-head and disparaging — can serve as the flash point for a fanboy skirmish. Isn't it about time we signed a peace treat?