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Is Apple Squandering their Riches? Judge Dismisses Apple’s patent lawsuit and more.

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Apple may be losing their sheen with investors, partners and consumers.

Here are the top tech stories and news of the day.

  • Apple squanders its riches - BetaNews’ Joe Wilcox examines the behavior of Apple as a corporate icon, and relates it to the behemoth of the 1990s, Microsoft. He sees negative perceptions, arrogance and a failure to innovate of late. Likening this to Microsoft, he sees a complete lack of consumer and analyst expectation for Microsoft, which is where Apple may be headed. Via BetaNews, more here.
  • Why Apple could be getting closer to building its own Mac chips - In 2005, Apple dropped their own internally designed PowerPC silicon for Intel’s x86 architecture, and hasn’t looked back for a while. Apple has begun to design their own ARM chips for iOS devices, and may be looking to replace the chips inside of the MacBook Air (and later their full MacBook lines). ARM chips are being used successfully in servers, and it shouldn’t be long before you see them in multiple PCs. Via GigaOM, more here.
  • Judge dismisses Apple lawsuit versus Motorola over standards-based patents – After Apple insisted that they would only pay $1 per product (instead of the 2.5% per product Motorola requested), Judge Crabb has thrown out the lawsuit over fair royalties. Via Engadget, more here.
  • GigaOM takes a look at how Tumblr has done it - Tumblr’s CEO believes that the sites ability to easily post, share and re-post all without comments. They chose to ignore comments to keep the ‘jerks’ off of the site. The eco-system has grown, and reached over 20B page views (and growing). Via GigaOM, more here.
  • Report: Internet Explorer 10 Is The Fastest Browser On Windows, Chrome 19 Wins On Mac - New Relic, a web application performance management firm, monitors 40B pageviews a month. It has found that IE10 performs the speediest on Windows 8, followed by IE9, Firefox 15, Safari 5 and Chrome 21. However, Chrome 19 is the fastest browser on both Mac and Linux platforms. Via TechCrunch, more here.
  • Google Chrome 23 in finished form brings Do Not Track, graphics boosts for Windows users - The latest version of Chrome offers the much needed Do Not Track feature which allows you to increase your privacy and thwart targeted advertisements. They have also included hardware graphical acceleration for Windows PCs. Via Engadget, more here.

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Bob Gourley, former CTO of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), is Founder and CTO of Crucial Point LLC, a technology research and advisory firm providing fact based technology reviews in support of venture capital, private equity and emerging technology firms. He has extensive industry experience in intelligence and security and was awarded an intelligence community meritorious achievement award by AFCEA in 2008, and has also been recognized as an Infoworld Top 25 CTO and as one of the most fascinating communicators in Government IT by GovFresh.