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Apple patents mobile scroll bar

Apple patents mobile scroll bar

Today comes news of a new Apple patent that could cause problems for most of the Android devices floating around out there. The patent in question is US patent 8,223,134, and it covers disappearing vertical scroll bars on touchscreen devices in a pretty broad fashion. With the patent covering things like portable devices with a touchscreen display, vertical scroll bars that disappear after a short time, and moving the vertical bar through touch, it's pretty easy to see why this have could have a negative outcome for Android and manufacturers working with Google's Mobile OS in general.

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Digg sale splits the company three ways for $16m total

Digg sale splits the company three ways for $16m total

Just yesterday one tiny chunk of the taking apart of the once-titanic social networking site Digg was leaked with a $500k price tag - today it seems that this is only one piece of the puzzle. This sale took place, according to TechCrunch in three waves, not just one. The first is said to have taken part some time before yesterdays deal with the Washington Post purchasing nearly the entirety of the staff that up until recently ran Digg and its many web-based ins and outs.

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Microsoft patent hints at scalable console

Microsoft patent hints at scalable console

The idea of a console that could be upgrade over time isn’t new, but Microsoft has filed a patent for that very concept. The company applied for the patent back in December 2010, which details a console that could “satisfy quality of service guarantees for multimedia applications such as game applications while allowing platform resources, hardware resources in particular, to scale up or down over time.”

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Apple denied emergency HTC handset ban

Apple denied emergency HTC handset ban

It wasn’t that long ago that Apple scored an injunction against the HTC One X and the EVO 4G LTE in the United States. The handsets were eventually let into the country once HTC proved the phones were no longer infringing Apple’s patent. Cupertino cried foul, saying that HTC continued to infringe the menu related patent on 29 devices. The company called on the ITC to issue an emergency ban, a request which has now been denied.

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iPen teased in Apple patent

iPen teased in Apple patent

The folks at Apple have once again pushed out a patent for a device they've never before suggested they'd go through with, this time an "iPen" complete with haptic feedback and a speaker. This device has been discovered by Patently Apple will likely never see the light of day, but was indeed filed by inventors Aleksandar Pance and Omar Leung for Apple back in the fourth quarter of 2010 and was published by the US Patent and Trademark Office today. Have a peek at what might have been - or what may be in the near future.

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Jury says Google doesn’t infringe on Oracle patents

Jury says Google doesn’t infringe on Oracle patents

In the case of Oracle versus Google, it appears that the jury's verdict is out and it's favoring Google. Reports are just coming out now from the San Francisco court room, where the jury has already been dismissed and the third phase of the trial, which would determine the damages payable to Oracle, has been canceled.

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Apple, Samsung CEOs fail to reach settlement

Apple, Samsung CEOs fail to reach settlement

After two days of court-ordered talks, Apple and Samsung have failed to reach a settlement. Apple CEO Tim Cook and Samsung CEO Choi Gee-sung were ordered to meet in San Francisco to negotiate an agreement to end their patent disputes. However, it appears that neither side would budge on their positions with Apple insisting that Samsung copied the designs of its iPhone and iPad and Samsung demanding Apple to pay royalties for using its wireless transmission technology.

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