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IN THE NEWS: APPLE V. SAMSUNG: WHAT THE JURY VERDICT MAY MEAN

SAN JOSE, California (AP) -- In court, Apple came out the winner in its legal battle against Samsung. But some analysts say in the end, it's consumers who may get the short end of the ruling. A federal jury ruled this past Friday that Samsung stole some of Apple's technology to craft some of its smartphones and tablets -- and must pay the California company $1 billion. Some analysts say the ruling may reduce the number of smartphone options for people to choose from. Samsung, which is based in South Korea and is the leader among smartphone makers, vows to fight the ruling. It has already said it will ask the judge to toss out the jury verdict.

IN THE NEWS: U.S. MILITARY USING CYBER ATTACKS IN AFGHANISTAN

UNDATED (AP) -- It's an unusual admission from a senior U.S. military official. The official says the U.S. military has been launching cyberattacks against its opponents in Afghanistan. Marine Lieutenant General Richard P. Mills' comments came last week at a conference in Baltimore during which he explained how U.S. commanders see cyber weapons as an important part of their arsenal. Mills says in 2010, he used cyber warfare "with great impact" against enemies.

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Mills' speech: http://slidesha.re/RJHtXk

ON THE WEB: GIVING CREDIT WHERE IT'S DUE?

CYBERSPACE (AP) -- Way back in the day, you could find out about the people who made your favorite music by reading the liner notes tucked inside the cardboard sleeve of an album. You could do the same when you peeked at the little booklets inside a CD -- if your eyesight was sharp enough. But with more albums and singles being sold online, the Grammy people want to make sure people to know who is behind the musical acts they listen to. It has launched a campaign to give listeners more information about songs other than the main performer. It's called "Give Fans the Credit."

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Grammy site: http://www.grammys.com

Give Fans the Credit site: http://www.givefansthecredit.com

IN STORES: MICROSOFT'S NEW LOGO

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Microsoft is giving its corporate logo a makeover -- just before it launches the latest version of its operating system. It's the first time Microsoft has changed its logo since February, 1987 -- a quarter of a century ago. To give you an idea how long ago that was, the Internet was barely around back then -- and cell phones were considered a luxury. The new logo is Microsoft's attempt to signal that it has changed its thinking and its products who are using technology much differently than they did back in 1987, when desktop computers were the main weapon of choice in communicating with the outside world.

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Microsoft blog on new logo: http://bit.ly/PIR90G

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.


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