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Best of the Tech Blogs: Apple and Samsung Both Lose in Korea


Plus, the era of the Kodak moment ends, as the company decides to sell its film business

This column highlights the most interesting and useful business and financial commentary about the tech sector from around the Web each day.

Link: Samsung, Apple Both Come Away Losers in South Korean Patent Trial
"While nine jurors in California attempt to turn days worth of allegations and testimony into a binding legal verdict, the Apple (AAPL) / Samsung patent fiasco finally came to a head in Samsung's native South Korea. According to the Wall Street Journal, both companies took a licking when it came to a verdict passed down by a South Korean court earlier today.

"Here's how the sordid situation breaks down."

Link: End of an Era: Kodak to Sell Its Film Business
"Kodak (EKDKQ) is selling the business that made it famous.

"The company revealed yesterday that it's selling its traditional print film business as part of an auction to raise cash.

"The sale extends to Kodak's entire personalized imaging and document division, which includes kiosks that develop photos, photo paper and still camera film products, and even equipment that snaps souvenir photos at theme parks."

Link: Verizon Grows Even Larger: FCC Approves Spectrum Deal With Big Cable
"Federal Communications Committee has approved a deal that will see Verizon (VZ) purchase a portion of wireless spectrum from a handful of big cable television providers, the federal committee announced today.

"The deal's approval should help alleviate some of the spectrum crunch currently experienced in the wireless industry and speed up existing wireless networks - with Verizon's new 4G LTE getting the most benefit, of course. However, concerns sprout from groups such as Verizon competitors, federal regulators, and special interest groups about giving the nation's largest wireless carrier even more spectrum."

Link: Facebook Tackles (Really) Big Data with 'Project Prism'
"Today, countless websites are facing the epic amounts of online data that first hit Facebook (FB) a half decade ago. But according to Facebook engineering bigwig Jay Parikh, these sites have it so much easier.

"That's because many of the web's largest operations - including Facebook - spent the last few years building massive software platforms capable of juggling online information across tens of thousands of servers. And they've shared much of this 'Big Data' software with anyone who wants it."

The Next Web
Link: Expanded Deal Brings Hundreds NBCUniversal TV Episodes Amazon Prime Instant Video
"Internet giant Amazon (AMZN) this morning announced that it has reached an expanded content licensing agreement with NBCUniversal Cable & New Media Distribution.

"Under the terms of the deal, hundreds of TV episodes from shows like Parks and Recreation, The Starter Wife, Heroes and Battlestar Galactica will be added to Prime Instant Video."

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Link: VMware's New "pro" Fusion Safely Deploys Business Apps to Macs
"VMware's (VME) Fusion for Mac is among the company's most successful consumer products, used by millions of Mac owners to run Windows (MSFT) and Linux virtual machines. But VMware is now reaching into its expertise in IT to pitch Fusion to businesses, with a new professional version designed to provision (mostly Windows) applications to employees or contractors who use Macs."
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