James NiccolaiDeputy News Editor, IDG News Service

James Niccolai covers data centers and general technology news for the IDG News Service, and is based in San Francisco.

Apple scores big win in Samsung patent case

A nine-person jury found that Samsung did indeed violate Apple patents and ordered the smartphone maker to pay Apple a little more than $1 billion in damages.

Apple hardware engineering chief Mansfield retires

The Apple executive in charge of hardware engineering for the iPhone, iPad and other Apple products is retiring from the company, Apple said Thursday.

Google says new 'Jelly Bean' version of Android coming in July

Google has taken the wraps off the next version of its Android operating system, known as Jelly Bean, which adds improvements to search, voice typing, and notifications.

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Judge clears Google of Java copyright infringement

A U.S. judge has ruled that the Java application programming interfaces used in Android are not protected by copyright, marking a defeat for Oracle in its lawsuit against Google.