Apple Asks Judge to Keep Patent Pressure on Samsung

Apple wants discontinued Samsung devices banned — and for good reason.
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Samsung Phone Studied for Possible Security Gap

The security platform for Samsung Electronics Co.’s best-selling Galaxy S4 smartphone suffers from a vulnerability that could allow malicious software to track emails and record data communications, according to cybersecurity researchers at Israel’s Ben-Gurion University of the Negev.

Barcelona Is Samsung’s Next Destination in Global Quest for Developers

The Korean electronics giant plans a daylong developer event in February, in conjunction with next year’s Mobile World Congress.
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Seoul Court Rules That Apple Didn’t Violate Samsung’s Patents

A Seoul court ruled that Apple Inc. didn’t violate some of Samsung Electronics Co.’s patents, dealing a rare blow to the South Korean smartphone maker in its home turf.

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MasterCard and Samsung Team Up for NFC Payments in Australia

MasterCard is partnering with Samsung to bring tap-to-pay functionality to Australian shoppers who own a Samsung Galaxy S4 and have the Commonwealth Bank of Australia app loaded on their phone. The payment method can be used by tapping the phone against NFC terminals that support MasterCard’s PayPass technology, with no need to open an app.

LG G Pad and Sony Ultra Z Both Get the Google Play Treatment

The Google Play edition isn’t quite a Nexus device, but represents another pure Android option.
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Samsung Says It Has Sold 10 Million Galaxy Note 3 Phablets

Samsung said on Tuesday that it has now sold more than 10 million of its Galaxy Note 3 devices, a milestone also reached by the prior two Note models and the Galaxy S, SII, SIII and S4.

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Google’s Moto G Skating on Thin Margins

The Journal has a “teardown” analysis of Google’s new Moto G smartphone, and the results may not be good news for Apple or Samsung.

Apple Wants Samsung to Pay $15 Million of Its Legal Tab, Now Over $60 Million for Current Case

The request, made in court filings this week, follows a trial and retrial in which juries found Samsung liable for infringing on various Apple patents.
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Jury: Samsung Owes Apple Another $290 Million