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Cupertino confirms that it’s betting on a small Middle East hardware company, even as many of its employees may be dealing with the labyrinth that is CES. And one Spanish company may be pressing its luck by trying to flush Apple in court. The remainders for Wednesday, January 11, 2012 are all in.

Apple Acquires Israel-Based Flash-Memory Part Maker Anobit (Bloomberg Businessweek)

Apple spokesman Steve Dowling confirmed that the company had indeed purchased Israel-based flash memory company Anobit, as rumored last month. Dowling reiterated Apple’s standard boilerplate for acquisitions, saying “Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to time and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans.” Added Dowling, “Maybe we’ll be using their technology in upcoming iOS or Mac devices. Maybe we’ll just have the staff make us all smoothies. Who could possibly stop us?

Strong Apple contingent expected at CES (Reuters)

While Apple is not exhibiting at the Consumer Electronics Show, that hardly means the company is in the dark about what’s happening there. One source told Reuters that more than 250 Apple employees could be roving the floors of the Las Vegas Convention Center. Another report claims that Apple iOS marketing chief Greg “Joz” Joswiak was also prowling the tables, but he may merely have been confused with this well-known poker player.

Spanish tablet computer maker NT-K brings indictment against Apple for alleged extortion (FOSS Patents)

You may remember that last November Apple lost a case it had brought in Spain against a small Android tablet maker, in which Cupertino had alleged that the firm, NT-K, had pirated its products. Now NT-K has struck back, filing an indictment against Apple for extortion. We’re sure that it’s all just a misunderstanding due to the language barrier. I mean, Apple was probably just trying to make conversation when it said “Niza Android tabletas. Sería una vergüenza si algo llegara a suceder a ellos.

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