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Could patent peace be at hand?

Apple and Google CEOs talk detente, while hackers promise to deliver "hellfire." Also: CNET goes inside Huawei.

As the tech world was focused on the Apple-Samsung patent trial, Apple and Google were talking to try to resolve the myriad intellectual property and patent disputes between the companies.

Apple's CEO Tim Cook and Google's Larry Page talked before last week's verdict in the Samsung-Apple trial and plan to talk in a few weeks, to a person familiar with dealings told CNET. Talks are also reportedly taking place between the companies at a lower echelon.
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When the Samsung decision got announced last Friday afternoon, Google immediately attempted to distance itself from the case, declaring that most of the patents in question "don't relate to the core Android operating system." Given the lopsided nature of Samsung's legal defeat, Google may believe the prospects of an Apple lawsuit are higher than they were just a week ago.

Meanwhile, Samsung is reportedly working to modify its products to ensure they don't get caught up in an injunction. The company is in talks with U.S. carriers, including Verizon Wireless, to determine the best way to modify designs across its Galaxy line. The products it plans to modify were cited as infringing in last week's landmark patent loss to Apple.

Apple-Samsung jury foreman recalls 'aha! moment'

The leader of the jury that decided the fate in the high-profile, high-tech court case goes on TV to discuss the group's process.
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Hackers vow 'hellfire' in latest major data leak

Team GhostShell says it published one million records, allegedly from banks, government agencies, consulting firms and others -- and claims there's more to come.
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FAA could reconsider electronic device policy for flights

The Federal Aviation Administration is forming an industry group to study when devices can be turned on during a flight.

Windows 8, Windows Phone 8 launch dates revealed

Expect September to be a month of Windows Phone 8 handset reveals, and official launch of the coming devices in late October.
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Inside Huawei, the Chinese tech giant that's rattling nerves in DC

A congressional committee wants to know whether this telecommunications powerhouse is a national security threat. Why? CNET went to China to find out.
•  Before Huawei can win the U.S., it needs to improve its phones

Google wants to shop Motorola's TV set-top biz around

Google has hired bankers to help it with a potential sale of the Motorola Mobility unit, according to Bloomberg.
•  Motorola teases first Intel-powered phone for Sept. 18 event

Publishers to pay $69 million over e-book price-fixing allegations

The companies signed the agreement with 54 attorneys general across U.S. states, districts, and territories.
•  Amazon inks deal to sell e-books through other retailers

Parts of Apple's Genius training manual leaked

Just what does Apple's Genius tech support staff learn before talking to you? A freshly leaked training manual breaks it down.
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Google Map Maker users can now share their maps via Google+

Your Google+ contacts can view and comment on the maps you create through the Google tool.
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NASA twin satellites to probe mysteries of the Van Allen belts

In a mission 11 years in the making, NASA launch a pair of Johns Hopkins University satellites into the Van Allen radiation belts to study their structure in unprecedented detail.

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