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May 21, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez, This post has been corrected. See note below.
Google and Samsung both made gains on rival Apple in two separate rankings released Tuesday, signaling the Cupertino, Calif., tech giant's grip on the electronics industry is loosening. Apple still held on to the top spots in both rankings but saw its ratings drop or barely grow while both Google and Samsung made significant gains. In Millward Brown Optimor's annual  BrandZ list , which ranks the top 100 company brands in the world, Google saw its value grow by 5% and jumped up two spots to take second place behind Apple.
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BUSINESS
August 1, 2012 | By Andrea Chang
SAN JOSE -- Samsung lawyer John Quinn has some explaining to do. After sending reporters links to blocked evidence in its patent trial against Apple on Tuesday, Samsung had to face the wrath of U.S. District Judge Lucy H. Koh. Again. Here's a recap of what went down in court earlier in the day: Before opening statements, Quinn approached the bench and asked Koh to reconsider her earlier decision that Samsung not be allowed to present evidence showing that Apple's iPhone was inspired by "Sony style.
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October 12, 2012 | By Andrea Chang
Busy day for Apple news and, as usual, rumors. First up, All Things D is reporting that Apple will introduce the iPad mini on Oct. 23 . Reporters and bloggers had expected a media invitation this week for a launch event Oct. 17, but it never materialized; that fueled speculation that the company was facing supply constraints and had to delay the release. All Things D speculated that the announcement will be held at Apple's Town Hall Auditorium in Cupertino, Calif. Separately, Apple has hired away a top engineer from rival Samsung.
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May 13, 2013 | By Chris O'Brien
New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman  is pressing leading cellphone manufacturers to do more to help stem a growing tide of mobile phone thefts.  On Monday, Schneiderman's office sent letters to Apple, Samsung, Google and Microsoft, asking for details about what they are doing to deter such crimes.  "Cracking down on violent and dangerous cell phone thefts is important for New Yorkers," Schneiderman said in a statement....
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March 22, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
First Apple. Then Samsung. Now Google? The Mountain View, Calif., tech company is the latest tech giant rumored to be working on a smart wristwatch, according to a report Thursday by the Financial Times . The device is rumored to be under development by Google's Android unit, which builds the operating system used by many smartphones and tablets. That means that unlike Google Glass, the company's smartphone-like glasses that are being built by Google X, the rumored Google smartwatch may be see as more of a viable product, according to the Verge . PHOTOS: Top 10 must-have smartphone apps Google did not comment on the smartwatch, according to the Financial Times, but the report points out a 2011 patent the company holds for a smartwatch that includes a "flip up display" as evidence that Google may be working on the device.
BUSINESS
August 27, 2012 | By Jessica Guynn
About $12.5 billion. That's how much Google paid for Motorola Mobility. The deal that handed the search giant patents to boost its intellectual property arsenal closed in May. But it's become more important than ever following Apple's resounding victory over Samsung on Friday as it wages a broader war against Android. A jury, after three days of deliberations in a complex U.S. District Court trial in San Jose, awarded Apple more than $1 billion after finding that Samsung had infringed on six out of seven patents by copying the look and feel of Apple's mobile devices.
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October 2, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Samsung scored a rare victory against rival Apple as a U.S. court judge on Monday lifted a ban on U.S. sales of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet. As the judge was issuing the order, Samsung filed its own patent infringement lawsuit against Apple's iPhone 5, escalating the global legal wrangling between the two electronic giants. U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh late Monday lifted the ban on sales of the tablet imposed in June. The judge imposed a temporary injunction prior to the August patent infringement trial that resulted in a $1 billion victory for Apple.
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February 18, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Samsung will announce its next flagship smartphone, believed to be called the Galaxy S IV, on March 14, multiple reports on the Web say. The reports hit the Web Monday after Eldar Murtazin, the editor of Russian tech site Mobile-Review.com, posted a tweet teasing he knew something the rest of us didn't. "Save the date for a big announcement - March 14 :)" the tweet said. PHOTOS: Tech we want to see in 2013 Then SamMobile.com, a news site that writes about Samsung rumors, released a report backing Murtazin's claim.
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July 22, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Samsung announced it will hold its own developers conference this fall, perhaps signaling that the South Korean giant is seeking to reduce its reliance on Google. The conference was announced with a teaser website that says it will take place Oct. 27 through 29 at San Francisco's Westin St. Francis Hotel. The announcement is significant, considering Samsung and Google each have been essential to the success the other has found in the mobile world over the last few years. Samsung regularly outsells its rivals by enormous margins when it comes to smartphones, and Google's Android operating system, used by Samsung, holds the largest market share for global sales of smartphones.
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October 7, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
New Samsung commercials featuring such characters as the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers to Dick Tracy show off numerous telephone watches from popular TV shows to promote the company's new Galaxy Gear smartwatch. The Galaxy Gear is a $300 device by Samsung that launched this month in the U.S. The gadget looks like a wristwatch but has a touchscreen, a camera and can run apps as well as send text messages. And as Samsung likes to point out in its commercials, the Galaxy Gear can also be used to make and receive voice calls.  PHOTOS: Top 11 hidden, cool features in Apple's iOS 7 In one of its new ads, the South Korean tech giant shows clips of popular TV show characters like George Jetson from "The Jetsons" and Michael Knight from "Knight Rider" talking into their wristwatches.
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