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Jobs' house burglar gets seven-year sentence

The man who broke into the Palo Alto, California, home of late Apple CEO Steve Jobs and stole laptops, iPads and other possessions has been sentenced to seven years in a California state prison.

Judge orders Apple, Amazon to settlement talks on App Store dispute

A federal judge in California has ordered Apple and Amazon.com to sit down and attempt to settle a lawsuit between them over Amazon's use of the "Appstore" name for its online application marketplace.

Apple's iPhone found to infringe Sony, Nokia patents

A federal jury in Delaware has found Apple's iPhone infringes on three patents held by MobileMedia, a patent-holding company formed by Sony, Nokia and MPEG LA.

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Judge urges 'global peace' in Apple-Samsung patent battle

A California judge asked Apple and Samsung to consider how to resolve their patent fight, at a recent hearing over the $1 billion in damages, accusations of juror misconduct, and legal maneuvers.

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California judge warns Apple, Samsung to follow court rules

Two days ahead of the first post-trial hearing in the patent infringement fight between Apple and Samsung, a California judge has signaled to lawyers for both companies that she expects them to follow her instructions and work by her rules.

RIM takes another hit: Nokia seeks to block sale of some products

Nokia has asked a California court to enforce an arbitration award that would prevent Research In Motion from selling products with wireless LAN capabilities until the companies can agree on patent royalty rates.

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Nokia enters the mapping wars with Here, its cross-platform location service

Nokia plans an ambitious expansion of its mapping and location-based services platform beyond its own smartphones to competing devices running OSes other than Windows Phone 8, it said Tuesday.

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Apple v. Motorola patent case gets tossed by Wisconsin judge

A highly anticipated patent infringement case between Apple and Motorola Mobility was dismissed by a Wisconsin district court Monday, hours before the trial was due to begin.

Samsung to get another crack at questioning Apple's Schiller

Apple executive Phil Schiller will have to provide further testimony to lawyers for Samsung Electronics as part of the appeal proceedings related to their big patent infringement case, a California court ordered Thursday.

Hundreds greet Apple's new store in Palo Alto

A queue of several hundred people, snaking around the block, greeted Apple's new store in Palo Alto, Calif., over the weekend.

Apple to open Palo Alto store on Saturday

Apple plans to open a retail store in downtown Palo Alto, California, on Saturday. The new store, less than two blocks from Apple's existing location, appears set to share the all-glass front common on Apple retail outlets but was still covered in black sheeting on Friday morning.

Thin laptops, including MacBook Air, meet eco-standard

An investigation of ultrathin laptops has found that they conform to the EPEAT environmental standard after all.

Australia kicks off launch of Apple's iPhone 5

The global launch of Apple's iPhone 5 began early Friday morning in Australia when stores in the country opened their doors at 8 a.m. The phone has attracted massive attention from consumers, and some analysts expect it to be Apple's biggest phone launch ever.

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 v Samsung: Five experts, five questions

Five experts with knowledge of the legal system, patent litigation and trials, and the U.S. smartphone market offer their assessment of the Apple-Samsung trial, as the jury begins deliberations.