Apple must declare Samsung not copycat

Samsung scores a sweet victory against Apple in a U.K. court, and the new version of the creepy Highlight app aims to be a hyper-local Twitter.

Thursday's top stories will fill you up on patent spats, better maps and creepy apps:

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There's a laughable twist in the never-ending global patent battle between Apple and Samsung. A U.K. judge (the same judge that said Samsung's tablets were "not as cool" as the iPad) ruled that Samsung did not copy the iPad's design. But the judge also ordered Apple to publish a notice of this fact on its U.K. website and in British newspaper ads for six months. Awkward.

Nokia has promised "something amazing" to be announced Sept. 7. Nokia just posted a $1.7 billion net loss for the quarter. It needs amazing.

Microsoft set a date: Windows 8 will arrive Oct. 26. But still no word on when the Surface tablet will land.

And if you're still hanging on to Windows XP or Vista, you won't be able to install Office 2013. Microsoft said the new Office will only work on Windows 7 and Windows 8 .

If you use Bing for maps, well you'll see its slightly better with some higher resolution images .

Merchants on Foursquare can now post status updates to communicate with loyal customers. If you've checked in often somewhere or marked that you like a place, you'll see updates from that place in your feed. But it's only if you're in the same town as that merchant. Afterall, you don't want updates on a place you visited on vacation.

Highlight, the app that was labeled "creepy" when it debuted at SXSW, has a few updates . Now it will let you post messages for anyone nearby. It's purpose is to be a super-local Twitter feed. Let me know if you end up finding useful purpose for it.

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