Apple and Samsung head back to Supreme Court this week


Apple and Samsung will clash again tomorrow.
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Samsung and Apple will go back to the Supreme Court this week as part of their never-ending legal battle over patents.

The Tuesday hearing will concern how much of the $399 million patent-infringement damages awarded against Samsung the South Korean tech giant should actually pay.

Samsung reportedly pauses production of troubled Note 7


Galaxy Note 7 that exploded while charging.
Has this been the most disastrous smartphone release in history?
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The South Korean media is reporting that Samsung has suspended production of its Galaxy Note 7 smartphones, following one of the most bungled smartphone launches in history.

Over the weekend, AT&T confirmed that it will no longer issue new Note 7 handsets, while T-Mobile has also said it is halting sales. This follows news that Samsung’s supposedly fixed replacement handsets have also been running into battery problems causing them to burst into flames.

Apple scores $119.6 million from Samsung in ‘slide to unlock’ lawsuit


Samsung vs Apple lawsuits will never end.
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The U.S. Court of Appeals gave Apple another victory today in its five-year-long legal battle with Samsung.

Apple won its appeal in an 8-3 ruling that reinstated a previous patent-infringement verdict that awarded the company $119.6 million. The judges in the case said it was wrong for the three-judge panel to throw out the verdict in February and suggested Apple could be owed even more money.

Even flaming Galaxy Note 7 can’t scorch Samsung profits


Galaxy Note 7 that exploded while charging.
Samsung's not revealing Note 7 recall costs, though.
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Samsung’s booming chip and display business was enough to offset the cost of having to recall its Galaxy Note 7 smartphones, according to a Q3 regulatory filing the South Korean tech company made today.

The company’s 7.8 trillion won ($7 billion) profit grew 5.6 percent by quarter to beat expectations. However, things might be a bit more complex than they initially appear.