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Appeals court nixes a Galaxy Nexus ban requested by Apple

The ruling reverses a lower-court sales ban on the Samsung smartphone, one based on the likelihood that Apple would prevail in a patent lawsuit.

Samsung got a much-needed break from the courts today, as an appellate court overturned a sales ban on its Galaxy Nexus phone. Today's ruling from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit found that the district court in California "abused its discretion" in imposing a preliminary injunction on Galaxy Nexus sales. The appeals court decision means that the case will go back to the court in California to be reheard, according to Reuters.The appeals court found several flaws in Apple's arguments for a Nexus ban. In one example, Apple claimed that the Quick Search Box used on the Nexus infringes one of its patents. But this search box is a feature of Android, not something specific to the Nexus. "The release of the allegedly infringing version of the Android platform predates the release of the Galaxy Nexus, but Goo…

Samsung claims iPad Mini, latest iPod violate its patents

The electronics giant expands its claim of patent infringement to cover Apple's latest iPad and iPod models in its current legal slugfest with the Cupertino colossus.Samsung charged Wednesday that Apple'siPad Mini, fourth-generationiPadand fifth-generationiPod Touchviolate its patents. The company asked a federal district court to add the products to its latest patent fight with the Cupertino, Calif., computer giant.
The Samsung complaint, which we've embedded below, alleges that Apple's latest products infringe the same patent as previous versions of its devices. Samsung essentially claims that "all Apple products including a built-in speaker and an external audio output port" infringe this particular patent, and thus argues that the newest Apple products should be included in the case.
Samsung previously moved to expand the case to include the iPhone 5, which Apple released after the initial suit was filed. The court agreed on Nov. 15. Apple, of course, pre…

The best Kindle Fire yet

The good:The Kindle Fire HD 8.9 has zippier navigation than its 7-inch counterpart, a beautiful high-definition screen, incredibly fast 4G LTE speeds, seamless streaming performance, and access to one of the best media eco systems available. The new Fire HD interface feels better suited on the 8.9-inch screen. The bad:Web performance is lacking compared with that of other tablets. Its physical design is fairly plain with buttons that are too flush with its chassis. The curated Appstore means many games and non-entertainment quality apps are not available. There's a $15 opt-out for ads. The bottom line:If you're looking for a pure media consumption experience, the Kindle Fire HD 8.9 delivers better than any tablet before it. People looking for something more utilitarian, however, will want to look elsewhere.If you're interested in purchasing a Kindle Fire this year, know that the Fire HD 8.9 is the version to get. Its larger, higher-resolution screen better facilitates Amazon…