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Apple Inc. (AAPL) News: Valid Patent Claims, Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) App for iPhones, Low-Priced Phablets & More

Apple’s crucial overscroll bounce patent claim is valid, U.S. patent office says (Macworld)
The U.S. Patent and Trademark office has confirmed four claims of Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s overscroll bounce patent, including a claim that played a crucial part in Apple’s $1.05 billion dollar lawsuit against Samsung, according to a document filed with a Californian court on Thursday. Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s “list scrolling and document translation, scaling, and rotation on a touchscreen display” patent describes a way to scroll past a document’s border. When a user reaches the edge and stops scrolling, the screen bounces back to the nearest display area. The most important claim in the patent is claim 19. During the Apple/Samsung billion dollar patent trial, the jury found that 21 accused products infringed claim 19, and the jury awarded damages regarding 18 of these products.

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)‘Ringleader’ says Apple did not raise e-books prices (Reuters)
An Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) executive at the center of an antitrust lawsuit by the U.S. government said on Thursday the company “didn’t care” what price publishers set for e-books. Eddy Cue said he was not surprised when publishers increased prices for new and best-selling titles after Apple entered the e-books market in 2010, but he disputed that Apple caused prices industry-wide to increase. “I didn’t raise prices,” he testified in federal court. Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) is the sole remaining defendant in a lawsuit in which it is accused of working with five major U.S. publishers to fix e-book prices and undo Inc’s market control. The publishers all reached settlements with the U.S. government.

Apple Inc. plans to launch iPhone ‘phablets’, low-priced models (Indian Express)
Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) is exploring launching iPhones with bigger screens, the so-called “phablets” as well as cheaper models in a range of colors, over the next year, said four people with knowledge of the matter, as it takes a cue from rival Samsung Electronics. The moves, which are still under discussion, underscore how the California-based firm that once ruled the smartphone market is increasingly under threat from its aggressive South Korean competitor. Apple is looking at introducing at least two bigger iPhones next year — one with a 4.7-inch screen and one with a 5.7-inch screen — said the sources, including those in the supply chain in Asia.

Office for iOS: Apple and Microsoft join up (The Independent)
Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) have released an official app for iPhones allowing users to browse and edit documents from Word, Excel and PowerPoint. The app is available to Office 365 subscribers – a web based platform that allows access to Office applications via the cloud. The new app might suggest a closer collaboration between Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) and Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL), especially following the slightly hidden announcement at WWDC that the default search engine for Siri will be Bing, not Google. Although the introduction of Office capabilities to iPhones will hopefully encourage more users to sign up for Office 365 (Microsoft’s best package costs £10.10 a month) Apple will also benefit – taking a cut on any subscriptions purchased directly from the iPhone.

Amid criticism, Apple website showing off alternate iOS 7 icons (Los Angeles Times)
The company’s mobile website is currently displaying icons for some of Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s iOS 7 apps that are different from those that Apple unveiled on Monday. Most notably…