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Tech News: AOL Returns to Email and Apple Is Too Cool to Win a Lawsuit


Also, it looks like the Nexus 7 is about to get a storage upgrade.

This column highlights the most interesting and useful business and financial commentary on technology every day.

New York Times Bits
Link: AOL's Got Mail, Again, With Alto
"AOL's (NYSE:AOL) got mail, again. On Thursday, the company is beginning its rollout of Alto, a new e-mail program that it hopes will re-establish the company as the e-mailing juggernaut it was in the 1990s.

"'Yes, we're still in business,' stage-whispered David Temkin, a senior vice president of mail and mobile at AOL. 'We're still around.'"

Link: Apple Loses Appeal in Tablet Patent Dispute With Samsung
"Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) lost its appeal of a UK court's ruling that Samsung (PINK:SSNLF) did not copy the iPad with its Galaxy tablet, Reuters reports.

"In July, Britain's High Court ruled in favor of Samsung, explaining that Samsung's Galaxy tablet, despite certain similarities, is simply 'not as cool' as the iPad, and can therefore not be confused with that device.Britain's Court of Appeal now upheld the July ruling, which instructed Apple to run ads in printed newspapers and on websites stating that Samsung did not copy the iPad."

Ars Technica
Link: International Tablet of Mystery: $249 32GB Nexus 7 Leaks Appear
"Leaks on both sides of the Atlantic indicate that Google's (NASDAQ:GOOG) Nexus 7 is set to get a storage bump. The Register reports that a 32GB Nexus 7 has appeared in a holiday flyer for the catalog retailer Argos, while AndroidPolice posted a screenshot of a 32GB version on Staples' website, both versions priced the same as the current 16GB model.

"The Nexus 7 running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean originally launched in July with 8GB and 16GB configurations for $199 and $249, respectively. Google justified the minuscule storage with its stable of cloud services, the same strategy Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) has used with its 8GB-sized Kindle Fire."

CNET Webware
Link: Kixeye Chief: 'Zynga Is Burning to the Ground'
"Kixeye CEO Will Harbin, who abruptly found himself in the middle of a lawsuit with his social-game rival Zynga (NASDAQ:ZNGA), is firing back at the CityVille maker.

"'Zynga is burning to the ground and bleeding top talent and instead of trying to fix the problems -- better work environment and better products -- they are resorting to the only profit center that has ever really worked for them: their legal department,' Harbin said in an e-mailed statement to CNET."

Link: Verizon Activated 3.1 Million iPhones in Q3 2012, but Only 651K Were iPhone 5s
"In total, Verizon Wireless (NASDAQ:VZN) saw 6.8 million smartphones sold and activated in Q3, with CFO Fran Shammo noting that 3.4 million of them were running Google's Android operating system. Meanwhile, the carrier activated 3.1 million Apple iPhones in Q3 (up from about 2.7 million iPhones in the previous quarter), and Shammo not-so-slyly noted that 21% percent of those devices ran on the carrier's 4G LTE network.

"Since the only device that fits the description is the iPhone 5, that breaks down to about 651,000 iPhone 5s sold and activated since the device's launch in September."
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