Good morning, Austin. Here's a look at some of the technology-related stories generating news around the internet today:
Latest on Samsung, Apple patent fight
The U.S. Supreme Court has sided with Samsung in its patent dispute with Apple over design of the iPhone.
The justices ruled that Samsung may not be required to pay all the profits it earned from 11 phone models because the features at issue are only a tiny part of the devices.
Apple had won a $399 million judgment against Samsung for copying parts of the iPhone's patented design, but the case now returns to a lower court to decide what Samsung must pay.
The case is part of a series of disputes between the technology rivals that began in 2011. Apple accused Samsung of duplicating a handful of distinctive iPhone features for which Apple holds patents: the flat screen, the rounded rectangle shape of the phone, and the layout of icons on the screen.
At issue was how much Samsung is required to compensate Apple under an 1887 law that requires patent infringers to pay "total profit." Apple said that meant all the profits from the phone sales, while Samsung argued it was limited to profits related to the specific components that were copied.
And more on Samsung...
In other Samsung news, as the Korean technology giant continues to try to recover from the disaster caused by its exploding Galaxy Note 7 smartphones, CNet.com has a piece sorting through some of the reports and rumors about the debut of Samsung's next phone, the Galaxy S8.
Movement on the Microsoft-LinkedIn deal
Microsoft says the European Commission has given approval for Microsoft to complete its $26.2 billion acquisition of LinkedIn. The EU was the final regulatory agency that needed to sign off on the deal, and that means “the deal will close in the coming days,” said Brad Smith, Microsoft’s chief legal officer.
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