Morning News Read 9 October 2013
- "THIS WOULD MAKE HER THE MOST POWERFUL WOMAN IN THE WORLD": So said a CBS News commentator about Janet Yellen, nominated by President Obama to head up the Federal Reserve. (NY Times)
- LIBYA: Everyone still up in arms over the rendition of an Al Qaeda suspect by US soldiers on the streets of Tripoli should know the Libyans signed off on it. (NY Times)
- SHUTDOWN: Another day, another meeting between the White House and Congressional Republicans; shutdown enters Day 9 as the GOP tries new tack: defaulting on the nation’s bills wouldn’t be such a bad thang. Oy veysmir. (WashPo / NY Times)
- Note to Repubs: Senate chaplain Barry C. Black has had enough of your sh*t. (USA Today)
- And CNN counted 217 votes yesterday to end the shutdown. Today, it has 219. Your move, John Boehner. (CNN)
- TAKE SARAH PALIN WITH YOU: Climate change thaws Alaska’s permafrost, and as a result the state is sinking. (USA Today)
- NORMAN HOCKED-WELL: The artist’s “Sport” painting, recently sold for more than $1 million at auction, has gone missing. (LA Times)
- Three Americans not named Walter White, Jesse Pinkman or Todd win the Nobel Prize in chemistry. (AP)
- Troubled by recent attacks on Egyptian citizens, the U.S. has suspended the remainder of $1.2 billion in aid to the country’s military regime. (WSJ)
- WHYPHONE: Samsung unveils the latest version of its popular Galaxy phone with a curved screen… because, um, I’m not sure exactly. (NBC)
- An undercover police officer, who rode with the bike gang that assaulted a father in front of his terrified wife and kid, is probably the world’s stupidest cop. (NY Daily News)
- And finally… INSTAGRAM NOT ON THE MENU: A study shows that foodies who takes pictures of their meals are more likely to lose their appetites… after seeing what their food looks like in photos. Up next: a study that says selfies make you masturbate less. (NY Post)
(Hilarious stock photo by Shutterstock via the Post)
Apple won a decisive victory on Friday in a lawsuit against Samsung, a verdict that will give Apple ammunition in a far-flung patent war with its global competitors in the smartphone business.
The nine jurors in the case, who faced the daunting task of answering more than 700 questions on sometimes highly technical matters, returned a verdict after just three days of deliberations at a federal courthouse in San Jose, Calif. They found that Samsung infringed on a series of Apple’s patents on mobile devices, awarding Apple more than $1 billion in damages.
That is not a big financial blow to Samsung, one of the world’s largest electronics companies. But the decision was closely watched because it could help shape the balance of power in the growing smartphone and tablet computer business. It could also give Apple a tool it can use to more aggressively protect its innovations from a fleet of rivals flooding the market with competing devices.
While Apple received far less than the $2.5 billion it had asked for in the trial, lawyers said there was little question which side won. “This is a huge victory for Apple,” said Mark Lemley, a law professor at Stanford University.
The jury found that various Samsung products violated Apple patents covering things like the “bounce back” effect when a user scrolls to the end of a list on the iPhone and iPad, and the pinch-to-zoom gesture that users make when they want to magnify an image. Samsung was also found to have infringed Apple patents covering the physical design of the iPhone.
In its decision on a countersuit by Samsung, the jury added some sting by finding in favor of Apple across the board. Samsung had asked for more than $422 million from Apple, contending it had violated Samsung’s patents, but got nothing.”
The New York Times, "Jury Awards $1 Billion to Apple in Samsung Patent Case."
Looks like I’m getting a Windows phone next. :-)
Did Apple mislead a German court to prevent Samsung from shipping their Galaxy tablet computers to Europe? Looks like it did.