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IN THE NEWS: JURY GETS APPLE-SAMSUNG CASE

SAN JOSE, California (AP) -- Don't hold your breath waiting for a quick verdict in the case pitting Apple against Samsung. The jury has it -- but few experts expect it to be resolved right away. With so much money and market clout at stake, jury experts, courtroom observers and attorneys expect the deliberations to take a while. Consider: it took the judge more than two hours to read the 109 pages of instructions to the jury. And once they do decide the matter, jurors will have to fill out a 20-page form that includes dozens of check-off boxes.

Apple is suing Samsung for $2.5 billion dollars, claiming it ripped off its patents for the iPad and iPhone. Samsung claims it violated no Apple patents -- and that things Apple claims it came up with were actually created by other companies.

IN THE NEWS: UNLIMITED WIRELESS DATA WITH SOME COMPANIES

NEW YORK (AP) -- Remember unlimited wireless data? It used to be a part of the deal when you signed up for a smartphone or tablet -- but both AT&T and Verizon have choked off those "all you can surf" plans. Now, some smaller wireless companies are bringing unlimited data service back as they try to compete with the big boys. T-Mobile -- the nation's fourth-largest cellphone company -- says it will start selling an unlimited-data plan again on September 5. Earlier this week, number-five carrier Metro PCS cut the price of its own unlimited-data plan for a time. One drawback for those seeking unlimited plans: neither of them sells the iPhone.

ON THE WEB: GEORGE ZIMMERMAN DOWNSIZES ONLINE PRESENCE

CYBERSPACE (AP) -- Put up a page or posting for a controversial subject online -- and you will get a lot of discussions, pro and con. And for that reason, attorneys for the man who shot Trayvon Martin to death are pulling down a Facebook page it set up. The page had been up for three months. But attorney Mark O'Mara says it's being removed because it's sparked debates about evidence -- and arguments over George Zimmerman's guilt or innocence. Meanwhile, another Web site with information about Zimmerman's defense remains up.

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Online:

George Zimmerman Web site: http://GZlegalcase.com

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

IN STORES: SAMSUNG MUSIC HUB

DATELINE (AP) -- It's another effort by a company to get you to buy into your music. Samsung is out with its Music Hub service. It features online storage, unlimited song streaming, a radio player and music store. The service costs $10 a month in the U.S. for the main plan -- plus the cost of songs you buy. Some songs go for $1.49 -- 20 cents more than the top single on Apple's iTunes. One other catch: you need a Samsung Galaxy s III phone to use the Music Hub service.

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Online:

Samsung Music Hub site: http://www.musichub.com

Samsung site: http://www.samsung.com

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.


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