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Apple claims HTC infringes 20 of their patents

Apple filed a patent infringement lawsuit Tuesday against HTC, claiming that the Taiwanese company is infringing 20 Apple patents. The patents are related to the iPhone user interface and the smartphone’s underlying architecture and hardware, Apple said in a statement. HTC phones include those that use Google’s Android mobile OS. The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court in Delaware and with the U.S. International Trade Commission. While Apple’s filings make frequent reference to HTC Android products that allegedly infringe the patents, the ITC filing also lists as exhibits and instances of unfair importation and sale a number of HTC devices including the Touch Pro, Pure, Imagio and Tilt that run Windows Mobile.

Vendors seek to improve cloud security

EMC, Intel and VMware are joining forces to improve security and regulatory compliance in cloud computing with a proof of concept to be demonstrated at this week’s RSA Conference in San Francisco. The goal is to establish a “hardware root of trust for a cloud environment,” creating resource pools within private clouds that share common physical characteristics and the same security policies, said Sam Curry, CTO for global marketing in EMC’s RSA security division.

AMD to ship six-core processors this year

Advanced Micro Devices on Tuesday said its first six-core processor for desktops will ship in the second quarter of this year. The processor will be called Phenom II X6, an AMD spokesman said. The company displayed a working unit of the chip in a desktop at the Cebit trade show being held in Hanover, Germany. The company declined to comment on specific details about the chip, including the speed and cache size. However, the company has said it would go into desktops targeted at enthusiasts like gamers. AMD already offers six-core Opteron chips for servers.

Intel shows off hybrid netbook-slate computer

Intel on Tuesday introduced its new Convertible Classmate netbook design, which includes slate-like features for users to read electronic books, surf the Web or take notes. The chip maker has added more functionality so users can take advantage of a larger 10.1-inch touchscreen. The screen will be able to swivel around and fold over the keyboard, transforming the device into a slate, which is a handheld device similar to a tablet PC, with on-screen keyboards that allow users to play games, read e-books or surf the Web.

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