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Submission + - Apple patents Apple Store (

sosume writes: Apple finally convinced the US Patent Office to grant patents for its Apple Store design. Despite many thousand years and forms of prior art, this seems like a new form of abuse of the patent system.

Submission + - Samsung Galaxy phones banned in EU (

sosume writes: A court in The Hague has ruled on a EU-wide sales ban for the Samsung Galaxy S-, S-II and Ace smartphones, beginning Oct. 13. Basis for the statement is an Apple patent that relates to browsing photos.

Submission + - Sony adds rootkit to latest PS3 firmware (

sosume writes: You'd think that Sony had learned from the rootkit-cd fiasco, but they're at it again. According to PS3 hacker Mathieulh the latest firmware contains a phone home feature which enables Sony to inspect all files saved to a PS3.

Submission + - Apple censors posts about consumer report (

sosume writes: If you were looking for a message thread on Apple's support forums pointing to Consumer Reports' article 'not recommending' the iPhone 4, it's not there any more. Apple's support forum moderators deleted the thread. Bing cached it.

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