Boy, you go on vacation for a bit and a lot of news breaks. I'm assuming you know most of the big news from the last 10 days or so, but here are some of the recent stories that have caught my eye:
- As we know, the iPhone 5 will be unveiled next week on Sept. 12.
- In the long-running Apple v Samsung patent-infringement trial, the jury found against Samsung--to the tune of US$1 billion. The result wasn't nearly as bad as the over $400 billion Apple was asking for, but if the verdict is upheld, it could cost Samsung a lot more to redesign its products and change its business. Samsung will appeal.
- Just because the U.S. trial is over doesn't mean the two companies are done in court: They're set to meet in German court next.
- This week, a hacker group said it had obtained 12 million Apple UDIDs (Unique Device Identifiers, the unique number assigned to some Apple devices) from an FBI laptop. Which, of course, led to the question: What's the FBI doing with millions of UDIDs? Well, if the FBI is to be believed, nothing. The agency said that not only did it not obtain the UDID data, but that there was no security breach. For its part, Apple said it didn't give the FBI any UDIDs.
- Rumor has it that Apple may not be releasing a TV product--either a TV or set-top box--in 2012, according to a new report.