Tech 2.0 for Thursday, December 6, 2012

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Updated: 12/06/2012 11:31 am

Software mogul John McAfee is in the custody of immigration officials in Guatemala. He could be deported to Belize Thursday. Authorities took McAfee into custody Wednesday for allegedly being in Guatemala illegally. After weeks in hiding, the 67-year-old Internet security pioneer emerged publicly Tuesday in Guatemala's capital, hundreds of miles from Belize, where his next-door neighbor was found dead. McAfee's lawyer filed a formal request for asylum with Guatemalan officials Wednesday. He said McAfee left Belize to escape police persecution. Belize authorities have said they want to talk to McAfee about the November 11th shooting of his neighbor, American businessman Gregory Faull.

It's Apple versus Samsung, the battle of the high-tech titans, round two. Not that it needs to be hyped -- the two companies return to court in a case that stands to cost Samsung a $1 billion payment to its bitter rival Apple. Today Samsung makes its bid to have the jury verdict tossed. A panel in California ruled that the Korean company ripped off Apple's designs for its iPhone and iPad -- finding that close to two dozen Samsung products used technology that Apple holds patents for. Meanwhile Apple isn't just seeking to maintain the status quo in the court battle; it's upping the ante. Apple is asking to add another half billion to Samsung's tab for the award. It also wants to bar many older Samsung products at issue from being sold in the U.S.

Worries over the Fiscal Cliff could be taking a bite out of Apple. Shares of the tech company took a tumble Wednesday, dropping more than six percent, the worst one-day fall in four years according to USA Today. Investors are blaming the sell-off on several factors, including the worries over the looming Fiscal Cliff.
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