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The (putatively) true Hollywood story behind Apple’s acquisition of AuthenTec, a (possible) sneak preview of the new iPhone dock-connector port, and the judge in the Apple-Samsung case exposes a troubling drug habit (sort of). Extra, extra, read all about the remainders for Thursday, August 16, 2012.

Why Apple really bought AuthenTec: It wanted “new technology” for upcoming products, and quickly (The Next Web)

An SEC filing on last month’s acquisition of AuthenTec by Apple suggests that the purchase was centered on new technology—likely, 2D fingerprint sensors—developed by the security firm that it was shopping to consumer electronics companies. Apple wanted the rights to that technology, and apparently it wanted them quickly, leading some to theorize that the tech might find its way into Apple’s next iPhone. Or, alternatively, a really excellent fingerpainting app.

Get ready to throw away your chargers and docks: First pictures of Apple’s new mini connector for iPad mini and iPhone 5 leaked (The Daily Mail)

Speaking of the next iPhone, The Daily Mail has posted pictures from a French website, which purport to be of the ribbon cable for the rumored new dock-connector port for the iPhone and iPad. Take a step back from that for a moment: Pictures of ribbon cable in a UK tabloid. What’s next, a National Enquirer cover screaming “MacBook Fans Not as Asymmetric as Thought!”

Apple v. Samsung judge, at wit’s end, asks if lawyers are “smoking crack” (Ars Technica)

When presented with a 75-page list of objections to witnesses that weren’t likely to be called, the judge overseeing the Apple-Samsung case exclaimed: “You want me to do an order on 75 pages tonight? When, unless you’re smoking crack, you know that these witnesses are not going to be called?”

Once again proving that being a judge is the best job ever.

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