Superman, Wonder Woman lock lips as power couple

By MATT MOORE — Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA — Wonder Woman and Superman are an item, locking lips in a passionate embrace as the pair realize that there’s no one out there like them.

The couple’s kiss is the culmination of a dramatic story in “Justice League” No. 12, which marks the first full year since DC relaunched its stable of heroes with new stories, new costumes and revised origins.

DC Comics co-publisher Jim Lee, who has drawn each issue of “Justice League” since its debut, called the canoodling in Wednesday’s issue not a stunt or an alternate reality smooch.
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Samsung to appeal Apple’s $1bn court win

Samsung says it will immediately appeal a US court verdict awarding Apple a massive victory over it on Friday.

A jury in San Jose, California has awarded $US1.049 billion ($A1.01 billion) to the US tech giant, according to court documents.

But analysts say the damages could be tripled because jurors found Samsung “wilfully” infringed on patents.

The jury rejected the South Korean electronics firm’s counterclaims its iconic iPhone and iPad were illegally copied.

Samsung reacted by saying it will contest the US verdict.

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Apple drops YouTube as iPhone 5 hints a Google-free phone

By Jonny Evans

The Apple [AAPL] decision to dump native YouTube support from iOS 6 is utterly inevitable as the company continues to punish Google [GOOG] for what Cupertino’s executives see as that firm’s duplicity regarding Android and the iPhone.

‘Special’ friends no more

There’s no doubt the relationship between the two companies has changed. Friends no more it seems unlikely anything more than a partial detente can ever emerge between the two.

The latest twist in the transmission sees Apple’s most recent iOS 6 beta abandoning the dedicated YouTube app. “Our license to include the YouTube app in iOS has ended,” Apple said in a statement to The Verge.

“Customers can use YouTube in the Safari browser and Google is working on a new YouTube app to be on the App Store.” The app will remain within iOS 5 and earlier and Google says it will introduce its own apps for Maps and YouTube. It’s also possible Google and not Apple terminated this deal.
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DreamWorks Plans Studio in Shanghai

By JAMES T. AREDDY

SHANGHAI—DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc. on Tuesday signed plans with Chinese partners to build a $350 million movie studio in Shanghai to capitalize on the success of its Kung Fu Panda film franchise as the studio looks to build up its presence in a fast-growing Chinese movie market.

The studio will be 45% owned by the California animation company, with the remainder held by media-related companies controlled by the Shanghai government. The partners also plan an entertainment zone that could bring the total investment to 20 billion yuan (US$3.14 billion) to be largely funded in China.

The foundation of the project is the animation studio, DreamWorks CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg said in an interview. “The talent must exist here in China if only they had the knowledge, training and opportunity,” he said.
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Virtual reality makes a comeback with Oculus Rift

By Chris Morris

Virtual reality got a bad reputation in the early 1990s. Proponents overpromised and underdelivered, with crummy graphics and headache-inducing headgear — not to mention prices that were so stratospheric, there was no way anyone could afford to buy a system.

It was a technology that became an afterthought — until game design guru John Carmack took an interest, at least. During the E3 conference in June, Carmack showed off the Oculus Rift headset, a virtual reality device he helped to create using (no joke) Oakley ski goggles, duct tape, and spare miniaturized rocket parts he had lying around his shop.
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Lenovo unveils lighter, quicker ThinkPad laptop

BEIJING—Lenovo unveiled a lighter, quicker ThinkPad notebook computer on Monday to appeal to customers who like the convenience of tablets and smartphones.

The ThinkPad X1 Carbon will go on sale later this month, the Chinese computer maker said.

Lenovo Group acquired the ThinkPad brand with IBM Corp.’s personal computer unit in 2005. Lenovo passed Dell Inc. last year to become the second-largest PC manufacturer after Hewlett-Packard Co.
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Billboard Hot 100 Singles – Week of Aug 4, 2012

1. Carly Rae Jepsen, “Call Me Maybe”

2. Maroon 5 f/ Wiz Khalifa, “Payphone”
3. Katy Perry, “Wide Awake”
4. Ellie Goulding, “Lights”
5. Gotye f/ Kimbra, “Somebody That I Used To Know”
6. Flo Rida, “Whistle”
7. Rihanna, “Where Have You Been”
8. David Guetta f/ Sia, “Titanium”
9. Usher, “Scream”
10. Pink, “Blow Me (One Last Kiss)”

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‘Hunger Games’: Target to Sell $999 Mockingjay Pin, Replica of Katniss’ Leather Jacket

The retailer moves towards upscale collectors items to coincide with the Lionsgate film’s DVD and Blu-ray release.

by Sophie A. Schillaci

Target is going high-end for The Hunger Games DVD and Blu-ray release.

In addition to offering pre-orders of the discs, the retailer has announced that it will be selling a solid 14-K gold Mockingjay pin, like the one Jennifer Lawrence’s Katniss wears in the film, for an astonishing $999.

But the high-end merchandise doesn’t stop there. Target, which is known for offering a variety of items at inexpensive prices, will also be selling a replica of Katniss’ leather hunting jacket for $349 and a lithograph autographed by 10 Hunger Games actors, including Lawrence and Liam Hemsworth, for $699. The catch: Only 100 of each item will be available for purchase.

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