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John Ribeiro covers outsourcing and general technology breaking news from India for The IDG News Service.

US patent office rejects claims of Apple 'pinch to zoom' patent

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has rejected claims of an Apple patent that figures prominently in a patent infringement lawsuit against Samsung Electronics, according to documents filed by the South Korean company in a U.S. federal court.

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Apple's share of the smartphone pie is at a three-year low

Apple's share of the smartphone market dropped in the second quarter to its lowest level in three years, research firm Strategy Analytics said.

Apple and Amazon drop legal scuffle over 'Appstore' name

A lawsuit filed by Apple over Amazon.com's use of the term "Appstore" has ended after Apple decided to withdraw the case.

Apple asks for stay on ITC ban on iPhone and iPad models pending appeal

Apple has asked the U.S. International Trade Commission to stay a ban on certain iPhone and iPad models pending an appeal.

Boston University sues Apple for patent infringement

Boston University is seeking to ban Apple from selling some of its products, besides demanding damages for the alleged infringement of a semiconductor patent invented by a university professor.

Best Buy recalls MacBook replacement batteries after reports of fire

Best Buy has recalled about 5100 replacement batteries for Apple's MacBook laptops, after 13 reports that the battery caught fire, a U.S. consumer safety agency said.

Yahoo to issue inactive mail accounts to other users

Yahoo is resetting email accounts that have not been used for at least 12 months and issuing them to other users.

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Apple to pay $53 million to settle iPhone, iPod touch warranty suit

Apple has agreed to pay $53 million to settle a class-action suit in connection with warranties for its iPhone and iPod touch devices. The proceeds of the cash settlement will be paid to over 153,000 owners of the devices who were denied warranty coverage while Apple's "liquid damage policy" was still in force

Report: EU investigating Apple's iPhone agreements with mobile operators

The European Commission has sent a questionnaire to a number of mobile operators in the European Union, focusing on whether its distribution terms with these providers may put Apple at an advantage over other smartphone makers, according to a newspaper report.

Google Wallet makes payments possible through Gmail

Google is integrating Gmail with Google Wallet so that users can send payments as a mail attachment, even if the recipient doesn't have a Gmail address.

In ebook case, Apple says publishers had already taken measures to counter Amazon

Concerned about Amazon.com's low pricing of ebooks, publishers had taken measures as early as 2009 such as "windowing," a practice of delaying ebook releases to benefit sales of hardcover editions, Apple said in a filing in an ebook price-fixing lawsuit.

Judge says Apple, Motorola pursuing business strategy in court

A court in Florida said that Apple and Motorola Mobility have no interest in quickly and efficiently resolving a patent infringement lawsuit, but are instead using their litigations around the world as "a business strategy that appears to have no end."

Will Google Reader's demise revive RSS?

With Google Reader slated to end operations on July 1, people are looking for alternatives to get their daily RSS fix. And that could lead to a revival of sorts for RSS clients.

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Apple vs. Samsung, Round 2 to proceed in California court

A judge in California has ruled that a patent infringement lawsuit between Apple and Samsung Electronics will continue, after indicating earlier that she would like to put the case on hold pending resolution of an appeal in another patent dispute between the two companies before the same court.

Apple to settle lawsuit on in-app purchases by minors

Apple has reached a settlement in a class-action lawsuit that claimed that its app purchase policy did not prevent minor children from running huge expenses for in-app purchases.