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Steve Jobs apparently tried to talk to Samsung before going nuclear, Apple takes home a victory over one clone maker, and fake iPhones aren’t what they used to be. The remainders for Thursday, September 29, 2011 are groovin’ on a Thursday afternoon.

Steve Jobs Pushed Talks With Samsung to Address Patent Dispute (Bloomberg)

No less than former Apple CEO Steve Jobs tried to get Samsung to check itself before it wrecked itself. As the two companies engage in their legal patent wrangling in Australia, it has come to light that Jobs had initiated contact with Samsung before Apple launched legal proceedings, apparently in an effort to give the Apple rival and supplier “a chance to do the right thing.” This was a step up from Apple’s previous effort, which consisted of FedEx-ing Samsung’s entire executive team and board of directors DVDs of the influential 1989 Spike Lee joint.

Apple wins key battle against Psystar over Mac clones (CNet)

To continue on a legal bent, Apple this week won a decision in the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals over Psystar (remember them?). In an initial district court case, the Mac clone-maker was ruled to have infringed upon Apple’s trademarks, and this week’s judgment upholds that earlier decision. Allow me to be the first to say: Psyonara, suckers.

Apple’s iBookstore opens in 26 new countries (Pigs, Gourds, And Wikis)

On Wednesday, we heard that Apple was rolling out the iTunes Store in a bunch of European countries. Now it appears to be expanding the iBookstore as well, with an additional 26 nations now able to purchase ebooks from Apple’s storefront.

Apple kills boxed software for school stores (9 to 5 Mac)

When I was in college we used to have to buy our software in boxes. Drive—sometimes walk—to actual physical stores and hand over hard-earned cash. You kids today, you don’t know how good you’ve got it—downloading software from reliable online stores and getting competitive pricing. You won’t even miss these poor boxes being yanked from Campus Store shelves. Ask not for whom the bell tolls, Aperture box—it tolls for thee.

Fake iPhone ring busted in China: report (Reuters)

Chinese authorities have arrested a group manufacturing fake iPhones. Apparently the devices featured inferior battery life and were only slightly cheaper than the real iPhone. Hey, counterfeiters—you’re doing it wrong.

iPhone 5 Supports HSPA+, as appeared in China Unicom Slides (MacPost)

Oh, you thought you could skate by without an iPhone 5 rumor? Think different. Apple’s Chinese carrier partner, China Unicom, gave a presentation saying that the forthcoming smartphone will support HSPA+ networks, which should deliver blazing fast 3G performance where available. How do I know it’s so much better? It’s got a plus after it, guys.

Product News:

Espresso 2.0 - Version 2.0 of Mac Rabbit’s Web development environment folds in CSS style-editing tools from CSSEdit 3; improvements to Web Preview and X-Ray features, such as HTML5 local storage and element inspection; enhancements to Core Editing and Languages features, including better Code Folding and built-in support for several languages; and many other updates and bug fixes. $79; updates are free if you purchased Espresso 1.x or CSSEdit after April 10, 2009 or $29 otherwise.

Quora for iPhone - Question-and-answer site Quora has released an iPhone app, which lets you submit questions and answers, keep up with topics of your choice, and browse nearby topics. Free.

Elements 2.0.2 - Second Gear’s Dropbox-powered Markdown-enabled text editor has been updated to version 2.0.2, reworking the Dropbox engine for better speed and reliability, cleaning up the rendering of the Markdown preview, improving the Web view styling, tweaking the interface, and making additional bug fixes. $5.

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