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postheadericon Morning Tech Wrap: Apple, Nokia, Facebook

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Samsung claims to have been blindsided by news that Apple won a preliminary injunction against the sale of its Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Europe.

The South Korean electronics giant said it had never heard of Apple’s filing to a German court, and that it had not been given the chance to present its side. “Samsung is disappointed with the court’s decision and we intend to act immediately to defend our intellectual property rights through the ongoing legal proceedings in Germany and will continue to actively defend these rights throughout the world,” a Samsung spokeswoman told CNET. “The request for injunction was filed with no notice to Samsung, and the order was issued without any hearing or presentation of evidence from Samsung.”

The problems between the two companies began in April when Apple filed a lawsuit against Samsung alleging a violation of intellectual property in the design of its mobile devices.

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Nokia is planning to stop selling feature phones and Symbian phones in the U.S. as it focuses on pushing its forthcoming range of Windows Phones to Americans.

In an interview with All Things Digital, the head of Nokia’s U.S. subsidiary said the company would be putting all its weight behind Windows Phones in the U.S. Nokia will also be focusing of sales through traditional wireless carriers, after previous carriers weren’t willing to subsidize or market the products.

“When we launch Windows Phones we will essentially be out of the Symbian business, the S40 business etc.,” said Nokia President Chris Weber. “It will be Windows Phone and the accessories around that. The reality is if we are not successful with Windows Phone, it doesn’t matter what we do [elsewhere].”

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Soon after Facebook released its new Messenger app, 9to5Mac has reported that it is hiding a video component.

A quick look at the files and code within the new Messenger has shown several references to a video calling, with filenames like “AdminVideoCall.png” dotted around undisguised. According to 9to5Mac, the code appears to be very rudimentary at this point, and there’s no certainty that the feature could be unlocked with simple tweaking in the same way the Facebook-for-iPad app was unlocked just a couple of weeks ago.

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Several reports have cited a YouTube video proclaiming that hacktivist and trolling collective Anonymous will bring down Facebook on Nov. 5. According to CNN, some members of Anonymous are calling for a complete boycott of Facebook to coincide with its own attack on the date known for Guy Fawkes Night in the U.K.

“Everything you do on Facebook stays on Facebook regardless of your privacy setting, and deleting your account is impossible,” says the speaker on the video, using the familiar modified voice often employed by Anonymous. “Even if you delete your account, all your information stays on Facebook and can be recovered at any time.”

The video also makes the claim that Facebook sells information to government agencies and security firms, a claim Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has denied many times over the years.


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Article source: http://blogs.forbes.com/parmyolson/2011/08/10/morning-tech-wrap-apple-nokia-facebook/

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