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Police tell Congress they want carriers keeping SMS logs for two years

Police tell Congress they want carriers keeping SMS logs for two years

Law enforcement representatives from both the state and local level have submitted a proposal to the US Congress that would require mobile carriers in the US to keep SMS logs for all users for at least two years, just in case they're eventually needed for future criminal investigations. The law enforcement reps say that the lack of a current requirement "can hinder law enforcement investigations."

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Do not photograph your voting ballot today – it may be quite illegal

Do not photograph your voting ballot today – it may be quite illegal

If you're heading to the polls today or already have earlier this morning, it's important that you take the time to be proud of yourself - but not with your smartphone's camera. Laws across these United States prohibit photography in some locations and polling locations in some states will straight up confiscate your camera-toting device if you pull it out before or after voting. If you're unsure of your state's laws regarding photographic equipment, (including, yes, your iPhone), it's better to just skip it - or just take a photo of your "I Voted" sticker instead.

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Galaxy Nexus ban lifted in Samsung vs Apple case

Galaxy Nexus ban lifted in Samsung vs Apple case

If you thought the Apple vs Samsung court battles were over, you were wrong - evidenced once again today by another big ruling: an overturning of a preliminary sales ban on Samsung's Galaxy Nexus. Of particular importance is this overturned ban from sales of the Galaxy Nexus because of its status with Google as one of their hero Nexus family phones, working with a "Vanilla" version of their Android software, not modified by the manufacturer, that is to say. Here the Apple vs Samsung court cases rage on beyond the one that appeared to be over for just a moment earlier this Summer.

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Apple and Samsung CEOs to discuss lawsuit ahead of deliberations

Apple and Samsung CEOs to discuss lawsuit ahead of deliberations

Apple and Samsung have both rested their cases in the trial relating to trade dress and patent claims, but the two companies will be discussing the case one more time to try and settle things before the jury is sent away to consider a verdict. Bloomberg reports that the CEOs of both companies, Tim Cook and Kwon Oh Hyun, will hold a telephone conference call to see if any resolution can be agreed upon.

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Google Patents search engine update nabs Prior Art Finder

Google Patents search engine update nabs Prior Art Finder

A brand new update has been released for Google Patents, a search engine specifically for users hoping to license their creations with the government without overlap. Users will now be able to utilize not only the archives included in Google Patents previous to today, but the European Patent Office has been integrated as well. This update also includes a brand new Prior Art Finder for those of you making it easy to find multiple sources for related content that existed at the time the patent you're looking at was filed.

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Samsung argues that Apple’s designs are “obvious”

Samsung argues that Apple’s designs are “obvious”

Apple rested its case in the trial against Samsung this week, and now the South Korean company is doing everything possible to prove its innocence. AllThingsD reports that Samsung attempted to dismiss allegations that its products copied the design of the iPhone, with senior user experience design Jeeyuen Wang testifying that the company didn’t copy any of Apple’s icons. She went on to say that Samsung tested multiple icons, ultimately falling back on familiar pictures such as the traditional telephone because users responded better to them.

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Apple vs Samsung: International Galaxy S, S II, and Ace cut from case

Apple vs Samsung: International Galaxy S, S II, and Ace cut from case

Yesterday, Apple concluded its arguments in the trial against Samsung, but the South Korean company immediately shot back, arguing that the Cupertino-based company failed to make its arguments and that the case should be dropped. AllThingsD reports that the judge presiding over the case, Lucy Koh, listened to an hour’s worth of arguments from both company’s lawyers, ultimately deciding that Apple’s case still had merit but that several smartphone should be cut from the lawsuit.

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Apple vs. Samsung trial reveals sales numbers

Apple vs. Samsung trial reveals sales numbers

Apple and Samsung are currently duking it out in court over various patent infringement allegations, and as part of the proceedings the two companies have had to submit detailed sales numbers for their smartphones and tablets. Apple normally reveals how many iPhones and iPads it has shipped during its quarterly earnings results, but this is the first time we’re getting a closer look at some of Samsung’s sales numbers along with detailed breakdowns in the United States.

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International community may soon outlaw cyber-attacks

International community may soon outlaw cyber-attacks

In a move that's certainly set to have some long-lasting consequences on the world's stage, as security experts at Kaspersy Lab speak with the United Nations on how acts of digital espionage - hacking, that is - should be outlawed. Though it's true that hacking is not an act that's technically legal in most places around the world - noone wants to have their computer busted into - it's not yet been agreed upon between the world's nations whether or not they should agree to outlaw digital attacks the way they did chemical warfare. It's more of a gentlemen's agreement not to be a jerk than it is a hard and fast set of rules.

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