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IN THE NEWS: SOUTH KOREAN COURT SPLITS DECISION ON APPLE/SAMSUNG SUIT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Even as a jury in California mulls over the legal arguments between Apple and Samsung, a South Korean court has issued a ruling in a similar case. The court ruled today that the technology rivals both infringed on each other's patents. As a result, the Seoul Central District Court has ordered a partial ban of both companies' products in South Korea. The court has told Apple to pull the iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPad 1 and iPad 2 from store shelves in South Korea. The court has also banned Samsung from offering the Galaxy S2 and other products. Sales of devices recently released by Samsung and Apple -- including the iPhone 4S and the Galaxy S3 smartphones -- aren't affected by the ruling. The court also ordered the two parties to pay compensation to each other.

IN THE NEWS: MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO POSING AS JUSTIN BIEBER ONLINE

MONTGOMERY, Alabama (AP) -- An Alabama man faces between 25 and 35 years in federal prison after pleading guilty to posing as pop star Justin Bieber online. Authorities say 31-year-old Christopher Patrick Gunn would pretend to be "The Beeb" online and offer young girls free tickets and backstage passes to concerts -- while urging them to send him explicit photos and of themselves. Gunn has pleaded guilty to producing child pornography. Authorities say Gunn used chat rooms and other social media outlets as part of what they call a far-ranging "online sextortion scheme" that included ruses other than posing as Bieber.

ON THE WEB: YOUTUBE PRESIDENTIAL CHANNEL

CYBERSPACE (AP) -- You can keep up with the action from the political conventions online. YouTube has launched a dedicated presidential campaign channel. It will feature live streaming video from the two parties' conventions and upcoming nationally televised debates. The site will also feature video content churned out by a range of news and information partners.

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YouTube site: http://www.youtube.com

IN STORES: FACEBOOK REDESIGNS iPHONE APP

MENLO PARK, California (AP) -- A lot of people check out Facebook from their iPhones. But the experience isn't exactly something they'd hit the "like" button for. For some time now, the app has been slow, balky -- and doesn't offer many of the features you get when you access Facebook on a computer. Now, Facebook is doing something about it. It has rolled out a new, faster version of its iPhone app. The social networking site has rebuilt the app from scratch to make it faster and less annoying. Among the changes, the app opens much faster than the older version. Same with photos and comments. And you can now "like" comments on photos, something you couldn't do with the previous versions of the iPhone app. The new version is free on iTunes.

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Online:

Facebook site: http://www.facebook.com

iTunes site: http://www.itunes.com

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.


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