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Apple argues iPad case in Australia tablet row
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Sydney (AFP) Sept 26, 2011

American computer giant Apple claimed on Monday that Samsung Electronics' latest tablet computer infringes on patents relating to touch screen technology.

Lawyers for Apple addressed the Federal Court after the firm launched legal action against the South Korean company last month, accusing it of intellectual property infringements with the Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet.

Apple is seeking a permanent ban on the sale or promotion of the latest Galaxy in Australia, where it would compete with its popular iPad.

Samsung disputes the claims but has agreed to delay the product's Australian launch pending a decision by the court.

Earlier this month, Samsung launched a counter-claim alleging Apple's iPhone and iPad 2 tablet violate wireless-technology patents held by Samsung.

Apple attorney Steven Burley told the court Samsung's product was similar in "form, factor and shape" to Apple's iPad 2, although the case centres on at least three patents that relate to touch screen technology.

"It must have been as plain as the (Sydney) Opera House to Samsung that the Apple patents were right in front of its eyes, and they were wide open," Burley said.

"They ought to clear the way in advance rather than try to crash through."

A ruling is expected this week.

The companies are already embroiled in a patent dispute over smartphones and tablet computers in the United States, with both sides filing infringement claims against the other.

Legal action is also ongoing in Germany and South Korea.

-- Dow Jones Newswires contributed to this report --

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Amazon teams with Fox ahead of tablet launch
Washington (AFP) Sept 26, 2011 - Amazon is beefing up its movie and television catalog ahead of the expected launch of a tablet computer on Wednesday.

The online retail giant announced on Monday it has reached a licensing agreement with News Corp.'s Fox to stream movies and TV shows from the Fox archive to Amazon Prime members.

Amazon Prime members pay $79 a year for free shipping and receive other benefits such as unlimited streaming of movies and TV shows.

Fox TV shows include "24," "The X-Files," "NYPD Blue" and "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" while the Fox movie library includes "The Longest Day," "All About Eve," "9 to 5," "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" and others.

"We now have deals with CBS, NBCUniversal, Sony, and Warner Bros, and adding Fox will bring the total to more than 11,000 movies and TV shows available for unlimited instant streaming," Amazon founder Jeff Bezos said in a statement.

Amazon's partnership with Fox comes two days ahead of the expected release by the Seattle-based company of a tablet computer in a challenge to Apple's iPad.

Amazon is expected to tout the books, music, movies and TV shows available through its online store as a selling point for the device.

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Samsung says 10 million Galaxy S II handsets sold
Seoul (AFP) Sept 25, 2011
South Korea's Samsung Electronics, the world's second-largest mobile phone maker after Nokia, said Sunday it had sold 10 million Galaxy S II smartphones worldwide since the device debuted in April. Sales of the new model, an upgraded version of the firm's flagship smartphone, had doubled in two months after hitting the five-million mark in July, the company said. The new device was rele ... read more

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