Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Asian markets drifted lower Monday in early trading as Apple’s court victory in a high-stakes patent dispute sent shares of Samsung Electronics and its affiliates into a tailspin.
After more than three weeks of trial in the U.S. and two days of deliberations, the nine-person jury said Friday that Samsung copied Apple’s iPhone and iPad and ordered the South Korean firm to pay more than $1 billion in damages.
Samsung said it will ask the judge in the Northern District Court of California in San Jose to overturn the jury’s verdict and will appeal the decision to a higher court.
The verdict battered shares of Samsung Electronics Co. and its affiliated companies. Samsung, the world’s largest maker of smartphones, memory chips, display panels and televisions, plunged 7.1 percent in Seoul.
Samsung Electro-Mechanics, which supplies electronics components to its larger affiliate, tumbled 6.8 percent.
South Korea’s benchmark Kospi fell 0.3 percent to 1,914.82.
Hong Kong’s Hang Seng dropped marginally to 19,866.57. Benchmarks in Singapore, Taiwan, New Zealand and mainland China also retreated.
Japan’s Nikkei 224 index rose 0.3 percent to 9,101.22 and Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 added 0.3 percent to 4,3361.60.
Even though the Friday verdict does not affect Samsung’s Galaxy S III smartphone, analysts said Samsung’s current and future products could also face attack from Apple. The U.S. decision is part of a wider global patent dispute between the world’s two largest smartphone makers — involving more than 50 cases in nine countries.
Benchmark crude for October delivery rose $1.29 to $97.45 per barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract fell 12 cents to finish at $96.15 per barrel on the Nymex on Friday.
In currencies, the euro fell to $1.2502 from $1.2519 late Friday in New York. The dollar rose to 78.76 yen from 78.70 yen.
NASA astronaut Mike Hopkins
On December 28, 2013, Expedition 38 crew member Mike Hopkins participating in the second of two space walks to replace a degraded pump module on the International Space Station. (NASA astronaut Rick Mastracchio is reflected in his helmet!)
The Soyuz TMA-10M
The Soyuz TMA-10M headed towards the International Space Station with crew members from Expedition 37 onboard.
40 years ago the Apollo 8 mission flew up to the moon, orbited it ten times and then returned to Earth. This picture was taken from that flight and shows the Earth as it seemingly rises in similar fashion to a sunrise.
Sunrise from Expedition 36
NASA Flight Engineer Karen L. Nyberg of Expedition 36 took this photo of the sun rising -- a sight they saw nearly 16 times per day due to the speed of the International Space Station's orbit around the earth.
A pair of NanoRacks CubeSats -- nanosattelite spacecrafts carrying experiments -- were launched by Expedition 38.