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  • Aug. 27, 2012, 1:45 PM
    Apple (AAPL +2.2%) roundup (non-patent): 1) Pictures of the next iPhone's front assembly suggest it will have an NFC chip. That could indicate Apple is prepping a mobile payments solution, perhaps one that also leverages its Passbook app and AuthenTec. 2) Japanese blog Macotakara claims the iPad Mini will be called the iPad Mini, and that the next iPod Nano will feature a Wi-Fi radio and iTunes download support. 3) NPD believes Apple is preparing to launch a 13" MacBook Pro sporting a retina display.
    | Aug. 27, 2012, 1:45 PM | 13 Comments
  • Aug. 27, 2012, 11:52 AM
    Apple's (AAPL +2.1%) sell-side fans are celebrating the company's win over Samsung (SSNLF.PK), though most see only a moderate impact on Android (GOOG -1.4%). BI estimates just 4% of Samsung's Q2 smartphone sales came from the U.S. Three issues that will be closely watched: whether Apple obtains an injunction on Samsung's hit Galaxy S III; what hardware changes Samsung will make to avoid legal trouble; and whether those changes will only apply to U.S. versions.
    | Aug. 27, 2012, 11:52 AM | 9 Comments
  • Aug. 27, 2012, 7:35 AM
    Investors continue to bid up Apple following its big court victory over Samsung. AAPL +2.4% to a record $679 premarket. GOOG -1.4%, MSFT +1%, NOK +11.7%.
    | Aug. 27, 2012, 7:35 AM | 32 Comments
  • Aug. 27, 2012, 12:29 AM
    More on Apple-Samsung: Though Samsung is appealing to the CAFC, the odds could be tough: an AP article notes only 19% of the cases handled by the CAFC in the 12 months ending March '11 were overturned. However, since then, Apple and Research In Motion have managed to get patent-related jury verdicts of $625M and $147M, respectively, tossed out. Expect Samsung to focus on verdict inconsistencies and evidence of prior art (and the jury's possible overlooking of the evidence).
    | Aug. 27, 2012, 12:29 AM | 4 Comments
  • Aug. 27, 2012, 12:03 AM
    Samsung (SSNLF.PK) is down 6.9% in Seoul after losing big to Apple (AAPL). Much of Samsung's $4.5B Q2 net profit was tied to smartphone sales, hence the risk of U.S. injunctions and less competitive products is being taken seriously. Still, some think Android (GOOG) can remain competitive even if it can't use the software patents Samsung was declared to infringe, and others see Apple's efforts to portray Samsung products as Apple clones giving Samsung a marketing boost.
    | Aug. 27, 2012, 12:03 AM | 11 Comments
  • Aug. 26, 2012, 3:44 AM
    Apple (AAPL) has until tomorrow to outline which Samsung devices it wants to ban from being sold in the U.S. following the U.S. company's massive patent win. A hearing is provisionally set for Sept. 20. Following the verdict, Samsung (SSNLF.PK), might need to postpone introducing new devices so that it can make design changes. Meanwhile, the WSJ, Bloomberg (I,II) and Reuters provide accounts of jury's deliberations.
    | Aug. 26, 2012, 3:44 AM | 59 Comments
  • Aug. 25, 2012, 9:46 PM
    "Come on. This is farce," says tech legal site Groklaw, incredulous Apple-Samsung jurors took only 21 hours to deliberate over a 700-question form one lawyer says would take him 3 days to understand. Groklaw is also unimpressed with contradictory statements from jurors, several verdict inconsistencies, and the fact jurors reached a decision without reading a 109-page instruction form (.pdf). Some lawyers are predicting this case will reach the Supreme Court, due to the issues it raises about UI and design patents. (more)
    | Aug. 25, 2012, 9:46 PM | 106 Comments
  • Aug. 25, 2012, 4:47 PM
    A bit of non-patent Apple (AAPL) news: AllThingsD reports the iPad Mini will be announced at a separate October event, rather than at the expected Sep. 12 event where the next iPhone will be introduced. This is in-line with recent speculation, and (if accurate) means Apple won't record any Mini sales in FQ4. (Apple-Samsung coverage)
    | Aug. 25, 2012, 4:47 PM | 16 Comments
  • Aug. 24, 2012, 9:04 PM
    Samsung (SSNLF.PK), unsurprisingly, plans to appeal its harsh legal loss to Apple (AAPL). Apple's response to the jury's verdict: "We applaud the court for finding Samsung’s behavior willful and for sending a loud and clear message that stealing isn’t right." Samsung's response: "It is unfortunate that patent law can be manipulated to give one company a monopoly over rectangles with rounded corners, or technology that is being improved every day by Samsung and other companies." (more)
    | Aug. 24, 2012, 9:04 PM | 78 Comments
  • Aug. 24, 2012, 8:55 PM
    Google (GOOG) -0.8% AH in response to Apple's (AAPL) huge patent win over Samsung (SSNLF.PK). The software patents Google acquired via Motorola Mobility, some of which recently became the subject of an ITC suit, are now more important than ever in defending Android. Microsoft (MSFT) has to be pleased with the verdict, given it could boost OEM interest in Windows Phone.
    | Aug. 24, 2012, 8:55 PM | 20 Comments
  • Aug. 24, 2012, 7:15 PM
    More on Apple-Samsung: The jury rules Samsung (SSNLF.PK) owes Apple (AAPL) $1.05B in damages. Apple has been declared innocent of all of Samsung's software patent infringement claims, and Apple has been barred by patent exhaustion from enforcing two patents. No damages for Samsung. AAPL +1.3% AH. Expect Samsung to open lower in Seoul on Monday. Mobile patent plays such as InterDigital (IDCC) and VirnetX (VHC) could rally on the verdict. (more) (live blog)
    | Aug. 24, 2012, 7:15 PM | 32 Comments
  • Aug. 24, 2012, 7:01 PM
    More on the Apple-Samsung verdict: Samsung (SSNLF.PK) has been ruled guilty of infringing additional Apple (AAPL) patents via more than a dozen devices. The jury has also ruled Samsung's infringement of 5 patents was willful (could produce multiple damages), that its parent company induced subsidiaries to infringe, and that none of Apple's patents are invalid. One minor win for Samsung: the Galaxy Tab is deemed innocent of copying the iPad's design. (live blog)
    | Aug. 24, 2012, 7:01 PM | 62 Comments
  • Aug. 24, 2012, 6:49 PM
    The jury handling the Apple-Samsung trial has begun reading its verdict. Thus far, over a dozen Samsung (SSNLF.PK) devices have been ruled to be infringing on multiple Apple (AAPL) patents. One patent covers scrolling, and another multi-touch gestures. (live blog)
    | Aug. 24, 2012, 6:49 PM | 18 Comments
  • Aug. 24, 2012, 5:53 PM
    The jury deliberating over Apple's (AAPL) California trial against Samsung (SSNLF.PK) has reached a verdict, but hasn't announced it yet. The news comes as the ITC declares Apple isn't infringing 3 patents cited in a Motorola Mobility (GOOG) complaint, but orders an administrative law judge who reviewed the case in April to review the validity of a Motorola proximity sensor patent previously declared to be invalid.
    | Aug. 24, 2012, 5:53 PM | 30 Comments
  • Aug. 24, 2012, 5:11 PM
    Apple (AAPL) roundup: 1) John Gruber and others speculate the iPad Mini won't be announced in tandem with the next iPhone during the latter's (rumored) Sep. 12 launch, given Apple's preference to keep the media spotlight on one device. 2) iPad Mini case pictures are leaking. They feature a small hole that many think could be for a rear microphone. 3) Piper's Gene Munster notes 75% of the non-iPad tablet market is controlled by 7" tablets, which the Mini would target. (earlier) (7" iPad survey)
    | Aug. 24, 2012, 5:11 PM | 6 Comments
  • Aug. 24, 2012, 12:28 PM
    After talking with Apple (AAPL) exec Eddy Cue, Pac Crest doubts an Apple TV set will arrive anytime soon. Cue argued the TV user experience is crippled by the forced bundling of pay-TV channels, and suggested Apple would offer an incomplete solution without a new distribution model content owners are unwilling to provide. This helps explains reports Apple is focusing on a set-top box for cable companies, though that market has its challenges as well. (Barclays) (a la carte efforts)
    | Aug. 24, 2012, 12:28 PM | 7 Comments
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Company Description
Apple Inc designs, manufactures, & markets mobile communication & media devices, personal computers, & portable digital music players, & sells a variety of related software, services, accessories, networking solutions, & third-party digital content.
Sector: Technology
Country: United States