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Apple notches win against Android (week in review)

Apple wins injunction against Galaxy Tab, while London rioters turn to social media. Also: Anonymous going after Facebook?

Apple scored a legal victory in its legal tussle with Samsung Electronics over Android devices.

Apple has been granted a preliminary injunction by a German court that bans the Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1 from being sold in nearly all European Union nations. The ban includes all nations in the EU except for the Netherlands. As with prior complaints, Apple claims the Galaxy Tab is illegally copying technology used in the iPad.

The battle is part of a wider conflict between Apple and the various companies supporting Android. With Google's mobile software gaining momentum, Apple is attempting to take the wind out of Android's sails with lawsuits against several of its key supporters.

Meanwhile, the U.S. International Trade Commission, which has the power to block imports, will review Apple's claim that the HTC violated five of its patents for technology Apple says is used in a dozen Android smartphones and the Flyer tablet.
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Social networking fanning London's flames?

The British cities experience serious rioting, and rioters reportedly exploit Twitter and BlackBerry's free Messenger system to facilitate looting.
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•  RIM blog hacked in warning over London unrest
•  Sony warehouse burns in London riots

Anonymous: Facebook's going down November 5

The hacktivist group says it will take action on the symbolic (for Brits and "V for Vendetta" fans) date of November 5, Guy Fawkes Day. The reason for the intended destruction? Why, privacy.
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Sprint to launch cloud services in 4th quarter

The carrier plans to offer hosted collaboration services that will target businesses as it looks to tap into another growth area.
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•  How much iCloud storage will you need?

Security flaw found in feds' digital radios

A pink $30 girl's wireless toy can jam expensive digital radios used by the FBI, Secret Service, and other federal agencies, CNET has learned.
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Prosecutors file charges in prototype iPhone case

San Mateo County District Attorney's office tells CNET it's filed misdemeanor theft charges against two men who allegedly sold a prototype iPhone last year to the Gizmodo gadget blog.

Verizon workers go on strike

The landline phone company and its workers in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states are too far apart in their contract negotiations, and union leaders call their first strike in 11 years.
•  Verizon strikers organizing through Facebook
•  Verizon reportedly blocking tethering for jailbreakers
•  Verizon CFO: We expected the next iPhone sooner

Google begins rollout of games on Google+

Google's social network has finally begun the rollout of games, letting Google+ users play social Web games without leaving the site.
•  Massachusetts woman sues over Gmail snooping
•  FTC looking into Android, too, in Google probe

HTC to acquire majority stake in Dr. Dre's Beats

HTC is planning to integrate some of the Beats technology into their phones in deal worth more than $500 million, sources tell CNET.
•  HTC's Beats deal: Hear no evil?

Twitter finally bids adieu to old design

The company says that all users are now on the "New Twitter" design that it launched in September.
•  New Twitter features focus on you, those you follow
•  Twitter acquires gear-sharing site Bagcheck
•  Twitpic founder says Heello to Twitter clone

Market meltdown likely to hit tech spending

Are chief financial officers, the folks who control IT budgets, really going to be enthusiastic about spending on tech projects amid market volatility?

How IBM's 5150 PC shaped the computer industry

The landmark personal computer, introduced by IBM 30 years ago, launched the PC revolution, changing the way people work, communicate, and play.
•  IBM executive says PC era is in its twilight

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