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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: December 13, 2012

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: December 13, 2012

Welcome to Thursday evening everyone. Today Verizon confirmed that Jelly Bean will begin rolling out to the Galaxy S III starting tomorrow, so get ready for that to drop. Apple released its iTunes Best of 2012 list today, while Facebook rolled out a native app for Android, which can boast speeds that are twice as fast. Google has brought double tap functionality to its mobile ads, meaning that you no longer have to worry about accidentally clicking an ad, and a US court has found that the iPhone infringes on three MobileMedia patents, with those patents revealed later in the day.

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Google and FTC close to settling patent case, sources say

Google and FTC close to settling patent case, sources say

Google has been dealing with the FTC quite a bit this year concerning multiple issues, one of which is patents. According to the FTC, Google breached antitrust law by trying to prevent competitors from using certain essential tech patents that it owns. Now it seems the tech company and the government agency are close to settling the matter, according to three sources who are "familiar with the matter."

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Apple and Google reportedly join forces to buy Kodak patents

Apple and Google reportedly join forces to buy Kodak patents

Apple and Google have a cordial relationship peppered with bouts of sparring and relentless competing for the world's mobile users. Now the two companies have formed an unlikely - although not surprising - joint effort to acquire Eastman Kodak's 1,100 patents, according to unnamed sources familiar with the issue. The patents will cost upwards of $500 million, with both companies having already tried acquiring them for lesser amounts independently.

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Verizon files patent for set-top box with built-in camera

Verizon files patent for set-top box with built-in camera

Just yesterday we found out that Verizon is starting a new program where it will deliver targeted advertisements to its mobile subscribers who choose to opt-in. The carrier seems to be continuing its targeting-advertising spree because last week they filed a patent for a set-top box that has a built-in camera that will be used to deliver targeted ads based on what activities you do in your living room.

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Samsung requests to have iPad mini added to lawsuit

Samsung requests to have iPad mini added to lawsuit

Following Samsung's recent victory in having the iPhone 5 added to the present lawsuit between it and Apple, the Korean company has now requested that the recently-launched iPad mini also be added. The Apple device allegedly infringes on two wireless technology patents and several other feature patents that are used for both varieties of the mini iPad. In addition, Samsung has also pursued whether it properly went after the iPod Touch, stating that it will do so if necessary.

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