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Google pays $22.5 million to settle Apple Safari charges

By Jasmin Melvin WASHINGTON | Thu Aug 9, 2012 3:59pm EDT WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Google Inc will pay $22.5 million to settle charges it bypassed the privacy settings of customers using Apple Inc's Safari browser, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission said on Thursday. The deal ends an FTC probe into allegations that Google used computer code known as "cookies" to trick t...

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U.S. judge backs RIM in patent dispute with Mformation

By Euan Rocha TORONTO | Thu Aug 9, 2012 3:20pm EDT TORONTO (Reuters) - A U.S. judge has overturned a $147.2 million jury award against Research in Motion Ltd, ruling that the BlackBerry maker has not infringed a Mformation Technologies Inc patent covering a remote management system for wireless devices. Wednesday's ruling, outlined in court documents, gives RIM a mu...

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Virus found in Mideast can spy on finance transactions

By Jim Finkle BOSTON | Thu Aug 9, 2012 9:50am EDT BOSTON (Reuters) - A new cyber surveillance virus has been found in the Middle East that can spy on financial transactions, email and social networking activity, according to a leading computer security firm, Kaspersky Lab. Dubbed Gauss, the virus may also be capable of attacking critical infrastructure and was built...

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Samsung says not considering buying RIM or BlackBerry license

SEOUL | Thu Aug 9, 2012 3:48am EDT SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea's Samsung Electronics Co said on Thursday it has not considered acquiring Research In Motion or licensing the embattled BlackBerry phone maker's new mobile operating system. A lack of support from potential partners such as Samsung could mean more trouble for RIM, which is seeking various options to turn aroun...

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U.S. judge backs RIM in patent battle with Mformation

Thu Aug 9, 2012 3:38am EDT (Reuters) - Research in Motion Ltd said a U.S. judge had ruled the company had not infringed on Mformation Technologies Inc's patent and overturned an award of $147.2 million that a jury said the Canadian firm should pay. The verdict is a minor boost for RIM, whose stock has fallen more than 70 percent in the past year as customers abandon the BlackBerry i...

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Mobile app sparks Obama camp voter drive, privacy fears

By Eric Johnson CHICAGO | Wed Aug 8, 2012 9:05pm EDT CHICAGO (Reuters) - President Barack Obama's re-election campaign has taken its digital infrastructure to the streets, arming its ground troops with mobile software that maps Democratic voters and canvassing strategies - and raising the blood pressure of privacy activists who worry about possible misuse. The mobil...

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Starbucks embraces mobile payments with start-up Square

By Gerry Shih and Sarah McBride SAN FRANCISCO | Wed Aug 8, 2012 7:28pm EDT SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Starbucks Corp's (SBUX.O) deal to use Square Inc to process payments at its U.S. coffee shops is a big win for a 2-year-old startup that is beginning to threaten established payment processors and shake up retailing. As part of the deal announced on Wednesday, the wo...

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Google bolsters voice search app for iPhone

By Alexei Oreskovic SAN FRANCISCO | Wed Aug 8, 2012 3:15pm EDT SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Google Inc showed off enhancements to its voice-based search technology for Apple Inc's iPhone and said it was testing a new service that will combine its Web-based email with its search engine. The new version of Google's search app for the iPhone and iPad, expected to be avail...

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Judge in Google-Oracle case seeks names of paid reporters, bloggers

By Alexei Oreskovic SAN FRANCISCO | Wed Aug 8, 2012 12:13pm EDT SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A judge in the patent battle between Google Inc and Oracle Corp ordered the companies to disclose the names of journalists on their payrolls, stunning the legal and media communities. The highly unusual order was issued on Tuesday by U.S. District Judge William Alsup, who said ...

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Exclusive: Amazon seeks leader for patent acquisitions

By Alistair Barr SAN FRANCISCO | Wed Aug 8, 2012 12:00pm EDT SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc is recruiting a cadre of intellectual property experts for a push into patent acquisition and licensing, the latest turn in its intensifying battles with Apple Inc and Google Inc in mobile devices and digital content. Amazon has hired executive recruiting firm Argos...

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