How Microsoft can play Apple’s game, plus 4 other Apple stories to read today


With so many people writing about Apple(s AAPL), 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:

  • Asymco looks at what may be driving Microsoft’s(s msft) shift from being a software vendor to building integrated hardware devices with software — and how the company can possibly make a decent margin on them the way Apple has.
  • A court in The Netherlands has ruled that the iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPad and iPad 2 infringe on a 3G patent owned by Samsung. Apple will be required to pay damages, but because it’s a FRAND patent, Samsung can’t get the devices banned in the country’s stores. (via The Verge)
  • In a courtroom on a different continent, Apple will face off with Motorola(s goog) today. Reuters has the background on what’s at stake. The two are in front of Judge Richard Posner, who has allowed one more injunction hearing after derailing a jury trial calling both sides’ various patent claims “ridiculous” earlier this month.
  • CNET explains why Siri’s new “eyes free” feature may first come to two Chevy(s gm) budget cars, the Spark and the Sonic.
  • The Wall Street Journal takes a look at how using FaceTime over cellular could quickly eat up many customers’ wireless data plans.

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