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It’s the end of the week, and there’s plenty to spy: press events, source code support, and patent fights, oh my! The remainders for Friday, September 23, 2011 are seeking something blue.

Amazon holding press conference on September 28th, tablet coming? (This is my next)

Apple won’t be the only one (reportedly) introducing new hardware this fall: According to invitations received by This is my next and others on Friday, Amazon’s set to unveil something on September 28 in New York City. Details are slim, but general speculation is that the company plans to reveal its first tablet computer. Really, as long as they don’t announce that Amazon is splitting its mail and ebook service in two and renaming the former, I’ll be happy. (Nobody wants to order hardcover books from Amazombo.)

Support for quad-core ARM CPU shows up in Apple’s Xcode, but why? (Ars Technica)

Lookie here: Apparently Apple has added support for a quad-core ARM processor into the compiler source code for Xcode, the company’s app development program. What does this mean? Any number of things. My personal favorite: Developers have too much free time on their hands if they’re digging through Apple’s source code rather than actively working on their own applications.

Privacy Win: Apple and Dropbox Join Fight to Reform Electronic Privacy Law (EFF)

“When the government comes knocking, who has your back?” Among other companies, Apple and Dropbox, according to a missive posted Thursday on the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s blog. Both companies have joined the Digital Due Process coalition, which focuses on overhauling the government’s outdated surveillance and privacy laws in regards to electronic communication. Unfortunately, just because Apple may have your back against Congress, I’d be wary about relying on the company in, say, a bar fight. (Although, who knows. There may be an app for that.)

VIA Sues Apple for Patent Infringement (VIA Technologies)

What would Friday be without some hot new legal action against everyone’s favorite Cupertino fruit company? In this round, Taiwanese x86 processor manufacturer VIA (“Very Innovative Architecture”) Technologies is alleging that Apple’s iOS devices (and Apple TV) are infringing upon several of its microprocessor patents; as such, VIA has filed a complaint with both the ITC and a lawsuit in the US District Court of Delaware. The patents cover such fascinating technology as “double operand load,” “bi-directional conversion,” “transfer of integer and floating point data,” and “the ability to file angry lawsuits years after infringing devices have been on the market.”

Samsung vows to step up legal action against Apple for ‘free riding’ on its inventions (AppleInsider)

VIA’s not the only one with a beef against Apple, oh no: Top dog in this match goes to South Korean electronics giant Samsung. On Friday, the company declared that it was tired of being “passive” in legal battles with Cupertino, and planned on becoming “more aggressive” in the coming months. First move: Replace all the lawyers with attack dogs. With bees in their mouths. And when they bark, they shoot bees at you.

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