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Here’s our daily pick of stories about Apple from around the web that you shouldn’t miss. Today’s installment: HP swears its new laptop designs weren’t inspired by the MacBook Air, a setback in Proview’s iPad trademark case, and Apple’s potential trump card in mobile payments.

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With so many people writing about Apple, finding the best stories and reports isn’t easy. Here’s our daily pick of stories about the company from around the web that you shouldn’t miss:

  • Engadget caught up with an HP exec to ask about the similarities between its latest HP Envy SpectreXT ultrabook and Apple’s MacBook Air. Here’s what they were told: “The thing is that you have to design what’s right, and that is that sometimes the wedge is the right solution, silver is the right solution. I see a lot of differences as much as the similarities.” The whole explanation is worth reading.
  • Proview, the company suing Apple over the iPad trademark in China, can’t sue Apple on its home turf in California. The Wall Street Journal has the story on the judge’s decision.
  • Forbes tackles the coming mobile payments battle and argues that Apple could easily trump all competitors by taking almost no fees: “Apple’s prize is simply to boost sales of high margin iPhones. The mobile wallet will be a key selling feature and create yet another means to lock people into the iOS platform.”
  • John Battelle talks with Internet thinker Lawrence Lessig about how businesses, more than governments, are working to regulate and control the web. Money quote: “Apple has fully normalized the iNannyState.”
  • Ars Technica has a good update on the eight-year-old class-action lawsuit against Apple for allegedly quashing competition with its iTunes music service. iPod owners who bought their devices during a certain period are now allowed to join the suit.

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