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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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Sony files patent for hybrid DualShock/Move controller

Sony files patent for hybrid DualShock/Move controller

Heads up, PlayStation fans. Sony filed an interesting patent last year and it has just been made public today. The patent is for a hybrid DualShock/Move gaming controller, meaning that you could use it as a normal controller just like any of Sony's other DualShock devices, or you could split it apart to make two Move controllers.

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Apple gets Samsung Galaxy devices banned in the Netherlands

Apple gets Samsung Galaxy devices banned in the Netherlands

The Apple-Samsung saga continues, folks. Today, a Dutch court has now banned several Samsung Galaxy devices from selling in the Netherlands. Apple has been rewarded the ban from the court because Samsung was accused of infringing on an Apple patent relating to the navigation interface in photo galleries.

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HP and Nomadix settle patent lawsuit

HP and Nomadix settle patent lawsuit

HP and network gateway hardware developer Nomadix have settled a patent infringement lawsuit that dates back to 2009, where Nomadix sued HP, as well as a handful of other, smaller companies, for unauthorized use of the company's patents. Nomadix said they were seeking damages and injunctions over use of their "fundamental innovations" in mobile computing and network access technology.

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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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Samsung requests Apple and HTC settlement details

Samsung requests Apple and HTC settlement details

This past weekend, Apple and HTC reached a settlement to end the legal squabble between the two companies. Now Samsung, who has been engaged in a series of lawsuits with Apple across the world, is poking around the deal. Earlier today, the Korean company submitted a formal request in court that, if granted, will require Apple to fork over a copy of the license agreement.

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Apple granted patent for page-turn animation

Apple granted patent for page-turn animation

If you've been a long-time iOS user and also read your fair share of ebooks, then you'll know that Apple implemented a pretty cool page-turning animation when reading ebooks, meaning that sliding your finger across the screen to go to the next page resulted in the page actually turning, just like it would with a real book. And finally, USPTO has granted Apple the patent for that animation.

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Apple and Samsung can add products to lawsuit, judge rules

Apple and Samsung can add products to lawsuit, judge rules

On November 6, we reported that Apple and Samsung, in their seemingly never-ending patent war, sought to have additional items added to the existing lawsuit between the two companies. Judge Grewal was reported to have expressed concern that not allowing the companies to add products would trigger a new series of lawsuits. Now, ten days later, he has ruled in favor of the requests.

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Apple closes at five-month low, shares down 20%

Apple closes at five-month low, shares down 20%

Concerns have been voiced lately about Apple's happenings, such as the company's changes in management, Foxconn's continual difficulty in keeping up production levels for the iPhone 5, and a slowdown in earnings growth. Despite the recent announcements and launches of the iPhone 5, the iPad mini, and the 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro, among others, Apple still closed today at the five-month low of $558. This comes in contrast to the company's all-time high of $705.07 back in September.

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Apple seeks to add Galaxy Note 10.1, Android Jelly Bean to Samsung lawsuit

Apple seeks to add Galaxy Note 10.1, Android Jelly Bean to Samsung lawsuit

The Apple and Samsung patent wars have reached the point to where mentioning the ongoing battle is almost cliche. Now, adding to the chronicles is Apple's latest move, wherein it states that Samsung is violating its patents with the Galaxy Note 10.1. In addition, the fruit-logo'd company is also seeking to have Android Jelly Bean added to its current lawsuit against the Korean company.

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Wisconsin tosses Apple vs Motorola court battle early

Wisconsin tosses Apple vs Motorola court battle early

It would appear that the courts in Wisconsin do not have a taste for gadget wars as this week they've been reported to be tossing out the Apple vs Motorola case that'd be brewing for some time. This update has not been commented on by Apple, but Motorola has been vocal in their glee that the case is no more, making sure to be clear that they do still want to reach a resolution with Apple in one way or another. This case - and the results even after dismissal - remains rather important as Google now owns Motorola, making this essentially a case between two larger titans.

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FTC reportedly recommends lawsuit against Google over patents

FTC reportedly recommends lawsuit against Google over patents

The FTC has been nosing around Google for a while now, having formally launched a probe back in June to look into whether the company is guilty of blocking competitors’ access to essential technology patents. Earlier this month, we reported that Google was looking into settling the issue. Now it seems the FTC has formally recommended that the company be sued.

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