Wednesday Morning Cyber Corner

IN THE NEWS: CLOSING ARGUMENTS END IN APPLE/SAMSUNG CASE

SAN JOSE, California (AP) -- Today, a jury in San Jose, California is to start deliberating the case between Apple and Samsung. But before the case was turned over, lawyers for both sides took their last best shot yesterday at swaying the panel to see things their way. A lawyer for Apple says Samsung had a "crisis of design" after the launch of the iPhone -- and the only way officials of the South Korean company could cash in on the Apple phone's success was to illegally imitate it. For its part, Samsung claims it was simply -- and legally -- giving consumers what they want: Smart phones with big screens. Apple says Samsung should pay it $2.5 billion for ripping off its iPhone and iPad technology when it put similar devices on the market.

IN THE NEWS: SETTLEMENT REACHED IN TEXTING-DRIVING CASE

MORRISTOWN, New Jersey (AP) -- There's been a resolution in the case of a New Jersey teen who hit a couple on motorcycle while texting and driving. The couple -- who each lost a leg when their bike was hit -- have settled their lawsuit for a half million dollars. An attorney for David and Linda Kubert says the amount is the most Kyle Best's insurance would cover. Meanwhile the couple's attorney still plans to appeal a judge's ruling that Best's girlfriend can't be sued in the case. The Kuberts believe she can be held liable for the 2009 accident because she sent Best the text to which he was responding. The girlfriend has said she didn't know Best was driving. Best pleaded guilty to distracted driving. He paid $775 in fines -- and was ordered to speak to high schools about the dangers of texting and driving.

ON THE WEB: MICHELLE OBAMA STARTS FITNESS REGIMEN EARLY

CYBERSPACE (AP) -- The early bird, in this case, gets the workout. Michelle Obama says she rises as early as 4:30 a.m. to start her fitness routine. She says she rises before the sun to make sure she exercises before her two daughters get up for school. The comments are made on the Web site iVillage -- where the first lady is serving as a guest editor this week.

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iVillage site: http://www.ivillage.com

IN STORES: WINDOWS UPGRADES NOW AVAILABLE

REDMOND, Washington (AP) -- If you want to be among the first to get your mitts on the newest version of Microsoft's operating system -- now's your chance. The company has started accepting orders for Windows 8. But you'll still have to wait until October 26 for the official release of the OS. Those who own a personal computer running an earlier version of Windows can buy the upgrade for $14.99 or $39.99. The $14.99 price is for PC owners who bought a Windows-based machine since June 2. Those who bought PCs before that have to shell out the higher price for the upgrade. The upgrade pricing will hold up until January 31.

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Windows Upgrade site: http://windowsupgradeoffer.com

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.


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