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Hundreds of Bodies Found In Damascus Suburb; Tropical Storm Isaac threatens Gulf Coast; New Fabric Converts Heat To Electricity; Jury Tells Samsung To Pay Apple $1 billion
Aired August 27, 2012 - 08:00:00 ET
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KRISTIE LU STOUT, HOST: I'm Kristie Lu Stout in Hong Kong. And welcome to News Stream where news and technology meet. And we begin in Syria where the opposition says a military helicopter has gone down in Damascus suburb after a weekend of intense violence.
Also ahead, as Tropical Storm Isaac closes in, thousands in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama are told to leave their homes.
And sock shock, shares in Samsung electronics dive as investors react to a California court's decision.
Now Syria has suffered one of the deadliest weekend yet in its 17 month conflict. The opposition reports nearly 700 deaths. And now a regime helicopter has crashed in a Damascus suburb.
Now an opposition group says that rebels struck the gunship. Now the videos posted to YouTube show a chopper on fire, but as with much of the footage from Syria, CNN cannot independently confirm the authenticity of these clips.
Now a member of the Free Syrian Army tells AFP rebels downed the helicopter in revenge for a massacre in the Damascus suburb of Dariah (ph). Mass burials took place there on Sunday. And a warning, the video we are about to show you is very graphic.
Now activists say more than 200 bodies have been found. Now an activist says Dariah (ph) is now a ghost town. He says regime forces executed civilians.
The government has a very different take. It says that soldiers are pursuing terrorists and raiding their hideouts.
Mohammed Jamjoom is monitoring developments from Beirut Lebanon. He joins us now.
Mohammed, hundreds of bodies have reportedly been found in Dariah (ph). When were these people killed and why?
MOHAMMED JAMJOOM, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Well, Kristie, opposition activists tell us that Dariah had been besieged for over a week, that there had been intense clashes in the last several days between rebel Free Syrian Army members who had gotten into the town and the regime who was trying to drive out those rebel Free Syrian Army fighters.
We started hearing about reports of this massacre from activists on Saturday. On Saturday, reports started to emerge, tales of terror, really, activists saying that regime forces stormed into the town, that they started going house to house and killing people. It's not known exactly when those people died in the last several days, but these reports started emerging on Saturday. By the end of Saturday, there had been reports that at least 200 people have been killed as of yesterday. And early this morning, we're hearing that at least 245 bodies had been found in Dariah (ph).
Now that's one narrative of the events that happened there. The regime is saying that, in fact, that's not what happened. They're saying the regime soldiers entered the town because terrorists had laid siege on that town, that they drove out opposition fighters, killed and arrested opposition fighters, and that they were thanked by members of the town, residents of the town that were happy that the Syrian troops had entered that town and had made sure that they had driven out those rebel fighters.
Again, two very different version of events. What we know, though, is that we're seeing a lot of very disturbing, very grisly videos purporting to show these corpses, many corpses, many of them lying in hallways, many of them mass burial videos purporting to show mass burials that happened yesterday of these at least 200 people that were killed in the last several days in Daraiah (ph) -- Kristie.
LU STOUT: Shocking amount of violence there. And Mohammed, there has been a lot of speculation, meanwhile, about Syria's vice president Farouk al-Sharaa. Has he defected or not?
JAMJOOM: This is another very interesting question. And we're still not exactly sure what exactly is happening. We've heard two different versions of events even on this.
Last week, rebel Free Syrian Army members and opposition activists insisted that Syria's vice president had defected, that he was going to be spirited out of the country and he was going to be taken to Safety in Jordan. Well, in the last 24 hours we've seen video emerging on Syrian state television showing Mr. al-Sharaa in Damascus meeting with a high level Iranian official who was visiting Damascus. The Syrian regime insisted all last week that the vice president had not defected, that those reports were false.
But, in fact, when Eid holidays happened in Syria and the vice president was not seen with the rest of the high level delegation that was there celebrating the Eid, that only added fuel to the fire and the speculation only increased.
Now the rebel Free Syrian Army is saying they're aware now that Mr. al-Sharaa is in Damascus. They're saying that they were supposed to take him out of the country, but then there was a lack of communication between the different rebel groups that were trying to get him out of the country, that in fact he was not allowed to leave the country and that they were worried about his safety -- Kristie.
LU STOUT: And Mohammed, also questions about the military helicopter that crashed in Damascus today, what happened? And was it brought down by the rebels?
JAMJOOM: Well, this is in the town of Jobar (ph) and we've seen videos today purporting to show this helicopter gunship. Opposition activists say that it was firing on the town. Then there's a video that purports to show this helicopter coming down. Rebel Free Syrian Army members say that they shot it down in retaliation for the massacre that happened in Dariah (ph).
You see an aircraft burst into flames. And it appears to come crashing down to the ground. There are two different videos in which you see an aircraft come crashing down to the ground. Syrian regime has not commented on this yet, but opposition activists are saying that they were able to shoot down this helicopter and that it was in retaliation for the massacre that happened in Dariah (ph). We're awaiting more details. And we're hoping that they'll emerge in the next hours -- Kristie.
LU STOUT: All right. Mohammed Jamjoom reporting for us live from Beirut. Thank you.
Now let's go further north to Syria's second city. And activists have also reported shelling and air strikes in the commercial capital of Aleppo. Nick Paton-Walsh, he's been traveling with rebel fighters. And he experienced the dangers they face firsthand when trying to get to Aleppo.
NICK PATON-WALSH, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: This is what it's like to be with Syrian rebels around Aleppo, hunted from above by merciless government jets. That fly-by followed with relief they survived and one commander's anger that they must fight alone.
"Maybe the outside world pities us," he says, "but until now, we don't see any help. We need a no-fly zone and weapons and just a battalion of us can finish this."
Even though they say two-thirds of Aleppo supports them, they switch off headlights for the journey into a city that President Bashar al-Assad knows he must hold if he's to cling to power. They are young and cheered along. They have the will, but not the unified way ahead.
The rebel's we're traveling with have stopped to radio ahead to the unit in the next town to be sure that when they arrive they don't open fire at one. And a real example about how patchy coordination and communication can be (inaudible).
PATON-WALSH: We drive down a main road that locals tell them is safe in pitch black in case jets fly above. But ahead, Assad's forces lie in wait, opening fire with machine guns and grenades.
As we're moving down the word in towards Aleppo, our lights off, we took incoming fire, even had an RPG shot at us. And now everyone is staying very low and trying to work out what the next best move is, keeping all the lights off.
We couldn't even risk the tiny lights our camera makes when filming until we'd made it to some trees nearby.
They say there's been wounded, perhaps dead in the front rebel vehicles. They're trying to bring them back, but the major fear now is a jet has been circling overhead for the past 15-20 minutes. It keeps swooping low.
Their intense fear of not knowing if the bomber above can see them.
Later that day, state TV seems to headline this incident as a failed attack on an army checkpoint. The rebels must wish they were that organized. They lost two men and had many injured.
They later learn local rebels knew there was a military base on that road, but the information just never got to this unit.
The many think the rebels would eventually be victorious, because they know the areas they're fighting in better than the Assad forces, but tonight we witnessed on just a very local level how a lack of cooperation can be fatal. And you have to ask, really, what that means to the rebels' strategy nationwide.
PATON-WALSH: Questions when for now there are mostly prayers, that somehow this rebellion pulls together fast enough to bring the killing to an end.
Nick Paton-Walsh, CNN, Aleppo, Syria.
LU STOUT: Now in Afghanistan, a gruesome attack. The interior ministry says that Taliban insurgents are suspected in the beheading of 17 people, including two women. It happened in a village in southern Helmund Province. And there are unconfirmed reports that the victims were holding a party with dancing and music attended by both men and women. And that is condemned by the Taliban. And beheadings may have been a very brutal punishment.
Now coming up next here on News Stream, two typhoons and a potential hurricane. We are tracking three powerful and dangerous storms.
Plus, people in Israel line up to buy gas masks as growing talks Israel may launch a strike on Iran's nuclear facilities. But is this just saber rattling?
And it two just two-and-a-half days, a U.S. court tells Samsung over $1 billion to Apple for infringing its patents. What's next for the Korean tech giant? We've got the details and analysis later right here on News Stream.
LU STOUT: Welcome back.
Now we are tracking three powerful storms around the world. Tropical Storm Isaac is expected to intensify as it barrels through the Gulf of Mexico. Now forecasters predicts that it will strengthen into a hurricane before it makes landfall in the U.S. And thousands in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama have been told to evacuate their homes ahead of Isaac's arrival. Now forecasters say that Isaac is following the same path Hurricane Katrina took exactly seven years ago.
And here in Asia Typhoon Tambin, which drenched Southern Taiwan last week, it appears to be looping back for another run at the island. And this revisit, it comes after the stronger super Typhoon Belavin stopped Tambin in its tracks and is spinning the smaller typhoon back around.
Now Belavin itself slammed the Japanese island of Okinawa on Sunday and it is expected to make landfall on the Korean Peninsula on Tuesday. So we have a lot of storm activity to stay across. We've got Mari Ramos at the world weather center for the very latest -- Mari.
MARI RAMOS, CNN WEATHER CORRESPONDENT: Yeah, quite a mess when it comes to these tropical cyclones right now. And Bolavin, like you mentioned, one of the strongest ones to hit Okinawa probably in the last 30 or 40 years at least. It's a very impressive looking storm and it still looks pretty impressive as it continues to barrel to the north and east.
We'll talk about the forecast in just a moment, but let's go ahead and head back over here toward Okinawa. I want to show you the pictures of what it looked like. And these pictures are from James Reynolds. Let's go ahead and roll the video. Pretty impressive at night, that's when the typhoon roared ashore. You could see just the sheets of wind and rain moving across the area.
Now, the rain was pretty significant and the wind in excess of 200 kilometers per hour that affected that area.
That was at night. It lasted throughout the entire night. And then when the sun came up, similar situation. The wind was still going through there. The rain was still coming down very heavily. Surprisingly, there were little reports of damage. One of the things that James, our storm chaser there had said is that the construction on the island is made to withstand strong typhoons, because they do get so many of them every single year. But this was a particularly strong storm that moved through there.
Come back over to the weather map. It could be a little different now that Bolavin is headed into another area. Even though it's expected to weaken and his this area with a minimal -- as a minimal typhoon, it could have a widespread impact over the region, because this area, less accustomed to getting tropical cyclones and will get some very heavy rain as well. So that's going to be a huge concern.
As far as the rain goes, I want you to notice something, while most of the heavy rain will remain offshore here, we'll do -- we will see some very heavy rainfall across both North and South Korea and then also back over here across parts of western Japan as the storm moves on through and pulling a lot of moisture there off the water. So that's a concern. And watch out for the threat of flooding and mudslides.
Farther to the south you mentioned Tambin. You can see it right over here. That storm is expected to make that little loop around again. Winds right now 120 kilometers per hour. That second landfall could happen across the southern tip of Taiwan probably within the next 24 hours and then begins to pull parallel to the coastline. Watch out here as we head to the Shenzhen coastline, because that could have an impact on your later and then possibly after that into the Korean Peninsula.
So a very crowded weather map when it comes to that part of the world.
And of course we still have the situation developing in the Americas. That right there is Tropical Storm Isaac before it came through here, of course, you may remember that track that took it along the Caribbean Islands. And of course passing right over Haiti there, the Dominican Republic and also across Cuba and the Bahamas. And Haiti, of course, there was a big concern about the storm. Gary Tuchman tells us more.
GARY TUCHMAN, CNN CORRESPONDENT: It always seems to amaze me after we cover tropical storms or hurricanes, the sunshine that is left behind. But it doesn't mask the grief that is left behind. The United Nations is telling us here in Haiti at least six people were killed from Tropical Storm Isaac, including an eight year old girl here in the capital Port au Prince when a wall collapsed in her house.
We're also being told that at least 30,000 people have now been taken to temporary shelters. What's notable about that is most of those 30,000 people were also in so-called temporary shelters from the earthquake of 2010, the temporary tents which have basically become permanent tents.
We spent the last two days before the tropical storm arrived and after the tropical storm arrived in one particular tent camp in Port au Prince, thousands of families lived there, almost nobody evacuated.
When the storm came, at the heart of it at 2:00 in the morning, buses did pull in and some people did get on those buses to evacuate. No one was killed or hurt in that camp, however scores of tents were destroyed and those people are now looking for homes. Some of those people are among the 30,000 who have been taken to temporary shelters, but people don't know who have lived in those tents what they're going to do next, just a lot of despair.
There's also a situation with cholera. At least 6,000 people have come down with cholera since 2010. The United Nations is now reporting six new cases in the last few days, so they will keep a look out for a disease outbreak.
It could have been, the tropical storm, but there's still a lot of grief in this nation.
This is Gary Tuchman, CNN, in Port au Prince, Haiti.
RAMOS: Yeah, scary stuff there in Port au Prince. So much misery there after that earthquake and now of course with all the rain that came with the storm.
This is what Isaac looks like now. There's some rain left over in Cuba, also of course here across Florida. And Kristie the main concern with this storm now is that it's a very large storm and you can see how large the wind field is with this weather system. Even in Havana they're still experiencing some strong winds all the way up here into Tampa. And it's getting gusty even along the northern portion of the Gulf coast region.
Now there was a hurricane hunter plane -- there's been. There's one in there right now in the center of this storm going back and forth kind of analyzing and seeing what's going on. And one of the things that they're finding already, and they're doing light tweets on this and I'll go ahead and tweet that address right after I get off air here so you can follow what the hurricane hunter plane is saying. And what they're saying right now is that it appears that the eye is reforming and that the storm is getting stronger. So we could be looking, of course, at least at a category one hurricane moving in this general direction.
The northern portion of the Gulf coast -- the Gulf of Mexico here -- is very vulnerable to flooding. It's very flat and it floods very easily. That's a huge concern. And then of course you have the city of New Orleans below sea level and can flood very easily as well. And like you mentioned, this is coming on the anniversary right smack in the day seven years after Katrina hit. A much weaker storm, but of course shattered nerves and still a significant threat.
Back to you.
LU STOUT: That's right. You're talking about a low lying area. And of course the strengthening storm. This is a storm to watch. Mari Ramos on the story for us, thank you.
Now Isaac's intensity, it prompted officials to announce over the weekend that the Republican National Convention in Tampa would last three days instead of four, starting Tuesday instead of Monday.
But now it appears that the delay may have been unnecessary. Now forecasters say Tampa, the site of the convention, will likely be out of Isaac's reach. Now officials say that they stand by the delay and are not considering a Friday session.
Now it is a safe bet that Isaac will not be the only name shaking things up at the convention, national conventions for both political parties are stages for riveting political drama. And Jonathan Mann shows us there's never a dull moment.
JONATHAN MANN, CNN CORREPSONDENT: Remember this? In 2000, Vice President Al Gore embraced wife Tipper in a passionate and prolonged kiss before giving his acceptance speech for the Democratic presidential nomination.
At the 1972 Republican convention, entertainer Sammy David Jr. surprised delegates and President Richard Nixon with a bear hug on live TV. Memorable moments as well as missteps as in a long roll call during vice presidential balloting 1972's Democratic presidential nominee George McGovern didn't start his acceptance speech until around 3:00 in the morning.
And darker days like 1968's Democratic national convention in Chicago which disintegrated into violence after anti-war riots exploded outside the convention home.
There was a time when these national party conventions were scenes of high drama and suspense. Delegates would arrive without knowing who would be the party's candidate.
REP. JOHN BOEHNER, (R) OHIO: It is my pleasure to call to order the second session of the 39th Republican National Convention.
MANN: But for most of the last three decades the selection of the party's presidential nominee has been a foregone conclusion. The last closely contested Republican convention came in 1976 when President Gerald Ford edged out Ronald Reagan. The last floor fight for Democrats was in 1980 when Senator Ted Kennedy challenged Jimmy Carter's nomination and lost.
TED KENNEDY: For me, a few hours ago this campaign came to an end.
MANN: Today, conventions are largely well scripted, choreographed affairs where the only surprises are usually orchestrated by the parties themselves to maximize media coverage. Their main role is to confirm the nominee that voters have already chosen in primaries and caucuses held throughout the country.
SARAH PALIN, FRM. GOVERNOR OF ALASKA: Arizona, 53 votes John McCain.
MANN: The conventions are when Republicans and Democrats unite and rally behind a candidate and focus on the fall campaign. They're also when most of the American voting public starts paying closer attention to the candidates and the issues. Now the real race for the White House begins.
Jonathan Mann, CNN, Atlanta.
LU STOUT: You're watching News Stream. And up next, Israel on edge: Israelis line up to get gas masks as tensions with Iran escalate. But is the war of words just talk? That's ahead on News Stream.
LU STOUT: Coming to you live from Hong Kong, you are back watching News Stream.
And there is growing speculation that Israel may launch a strike against Iran's nuclear facilities and that it could happen before the pivotal U.S. presidential elections in November. Now Frederick Pleitgen reports many Israelis are not taking any chances, they are lining up to get gas masks.
FREDERICK PLEITGEN, CNN INTERNAITONAL CORRESPONDENT: A common sight in Jerusalem these days, gas mask distribution as a possible armed conflict with Iran seems to be looming. Nahal Shatreet (ph) brought her children here to get outfitted.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I hope we will not need the mask, we will not have to use them. It is very, very scary.
PLEITGEN: Every day brings new rumors and theories. Alon Ben David, a prominent Israeli TV reporter says the Netanyahu government is ramping up preparations for a strike against Iran's nuclear facilities.
ALON BEN DAVID, ISRAEL CHANNEL 10: The Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appears very determined to launch a strike against Iran before U.S. elections, that means before November. So any time between now and November is the window of opportunity.
PLEITGEN: An upcoming report by the International Atomic Energy Agency is expected to find that Iran may be accelerating work on its nuclear program. And with Tehran recently showing off new short range missiles, Israel's leadership believes there is little time left to act, says Ben David.
BEN DAVID: His sense is that these are the last minutes to remove that existential threat from Israel, what he sees in his eyes existential threat. And he really believes that if he won't do it, no one else will.
PLEITGEN: A direct swipe at the U.S. Washington is against unilateral Israeli action. The Obama administration saying there is still time for sanctions to work. And even a majority of Israelis believe their country should not go it alone, according to a recent poll.
Political analyst Uri Dromi believes the Netanyahu government isn't doing enough to get the American government on board.
URI DROMI, POLITICAL ANALYST: I'm surprised that he's not working enough to gain the confidence of the American relation and other elements to gain support for this.
PLEITGEN: As Israel ramps up its preparations for repercussions of a possible strike against Iran's nuclear facilities, many here fear they might be involved in a war before year's end.
But just how close Israel really is to launching a strike on Iran's nuclear facilities remains unclear. Some analysts say if they were really on the brink of an attack, they certainly wouldn't be talking so much about it.
Fred Pleitgen, CNN, Jerusalem.
LU STOUT: Coming up on News Stream, Samsung takes a billion dollar blow in court. And now it's also taking a loss on the stock market. We'll look at the far reaching fallout from its legal war with Apple.
And remembering the first man to ever walk on the moon, a tribute to Neil Armstrong.
LU STOUT: I'm Kristie Lu Stout in Hong Kong. You're watching News Stream. And these are your world headlines.
A military helicopter has crashed in the suburbs of the Syrian capital Damascus. Activists say it was brought down by rebels. Now the violence is escalating across Syria. The opposition reports almost 700 deaths over the weekend alone.
Residents of Okinawa, Japan are cleaning up after powerful Typhoon Bolavin stormed through on Sunday with maximum sustained winds of 185 kilometers an hour. Bolavin drenched the island. It knocked down trees and power lines. A handful of minor injuries were reported. Bolavin is expected to reach the Korean Peninsula by Tuesday morning.
Now in the U.S., the outer bands of Tropical Storm Isaac pounded parts of South Florida with heavy rain and winds. The storm is now heading to the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico and is expected to become a hurricane. Forecasters say it will likely make landfall near New Orleans Tuesday or Wednesday. Now that city was devastated by Hurricane Katrina seven years ago this week.
Now Pakistan's prime minister is getting more time to try and resolve a long running corruption dispute. Raza Pervez Ashraf appeared before the supreme court today after the government resisted orders to help reopen a corruption case against Pakistan's president. It said he is serious about revolving the issue. Now the court has given him until September 18 to do so.
Now shares of Samsung electronics fell in South Korea today as the company grapples with a U.S. jury verdict that it pay over $1 billion for infringing Apple's patents. And the jury took just two-and-a-half days to come up with their decision saying that Samsung copied the look of the iPhone and rejecting Samsung's counterclaims.
Now the Korean Times says that Samsung held an emergency meeting on Sunday. The executive told the newspaper that the decision was, quote, "absolutely the worst scenario for us." The company says it will appeal, but it is still a big blow. Shares of Samsung electronics dropped almost 7.5 percent in Seoul trading on Monday.
But Samsung is more than just a big stock in South Korea. Now Paula Hancocks explains how South Koreans are taking in the news.
PAULA HANCOCKS, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORREPSONDENT: It is very big news here in South Korea that Samsung has been ordered to pay Apple $1 billion in damages for patents violations. It is the biggest company in this country. And it is highly respected. There is a joke here in South Korea that you can actually live a Samsung life. You can be born in a Samsung hospital, live in a Samsung residents, watch a Samsung TV, drive a Samsung car, take out Samsung life insurance before passing away at a Samsung medical center. It touches on most parts of Korean society, which is why everybody we spoke to on the streets today have heard about the case and have an opinion.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: If Samsung has to pay, then like all the other like development or like investment will be cut off. And they're not going to share their ideas.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Nine people in the jury focused on their nationalism because Apple is a symbol of American technology.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE (through translator): Technically, maybe Samsung was inspired by Apple.
HANCOCKS: There was a much smaller court case here in South Korea on Friday which found that both Apple and Samsung had actually infringed on each other's patents. In all, the two tech giants are currently fighting around 30 similar court battles around the world.
Paula Hancocks, CNN, Seoul.
LU STOUT: Let's take a closer look at the ruling and start with the bounce back patent, that's when you scroll to the end of a webpage and instead of just stopping the page just keeps scrolling and then it bounces back into place. Now the jury found that Samsung violated that patent on 21 different devices. You can see all the Ys on the paper here showing that the jury agreed with all of Apple's claims.
And here, the jury was asked whether Apple infringed any of Samsung's patents. And as you can see every box has an N on it, showing again that they sided with Apple.
Now one member of the jury spoke to Cnet about the decision. And he specifically pointed at this piece of evidence, it's this slide. And it's showing a Samsung phones both before and after the iPhone. And the juror said that there were several heated debates, but that slide, plus revealing emails and unconvincing video testimony from Samsung executives helped seal the case in Apple's favor.
And finally, here's a list of damages they eventually came up with, divided by each Samsung product. And if you add them all up, it's just over $1 billion.
Now joining us from New York with more on this story is Nilay Patel, the managing editor at the Verge. Many thanks again for joining us here on News Stream.
This was a very complicated case as we discussed last week with 109 pages of jury instructions. We thought it was going to take a long time to reach a decision, but the jury did it in just two-and-a-half days. So what's your read on the verdict.
NILAY PATEL, MANAGING EDITOR, THE VERGE: Well, you know, the 109 pages of instructions, I think, the jury isn't lawyers. And you can't really expect them to be lawyers. So I think they made a decision that Apple was right after two days of debate. And then they filled out the form to indicate and reflect that Apple, they thought Apple was right. And, you know, that's reflected in how they ruled completely against Samsung, right.
Samsung had a number of claims of patent violations against the iPhone and the iPad. And the jury said, well, you know Apple is right and Samsung is wrong. And that's exactly how the jury form came out.
So ultimately, I think, there was a bit of emotion involved. I think that the jury felt more convinced that Apple presented evidence of Samsung executives and designers looking at the iPhone and suggesting specific changes to their products. And they made a decision that reflects that.
LU STOUT: It was a sweeping victory for Apple, wasn't it. If we look back at Apple and if we look back at Steve Jobs back in the day, he didn't wage war on Samsung. Let's take a look at this quote from his book. He said -- you can't forget this one, "I'm going to destroy Android, because it's a stolen product. I'm willing to go thermonuclear war," unqoute.
He declared thermonuclear war on Google, not Samsung, but Google. So what does the verdict mean for Google and Android?
PATEL: You know, this case was -- is very unique in terms of the global smartphone litigation that Apple has against other Android makers. Apple isn't actually suing Google directly in any case. With Samsung in this case particularly, they had it pretty good, right, in terms of what Samsung had done. Samsung had definitely looked at the iPhone and definitely made a number of products that reflected design or copied the iPhone.
That's not so much the case anymore. That's not the case with Samsung's latest products. It's not the case with other vendors like HTC or Motorola. Some of these (inaudible) and design patent claims aren't being asserted in any other case by Apple.
So Steve Jobs said, you know, Android is a stolen product, but Apple as a company, you know, they have to pursue a more rational legal strategy. And they have to go and assert their rights where they can against products that make sense.
So this case was very unique, because I think it's clear that, you know, Samsung had really tried to produce products that looked like the iPhone to consumers, other vendors haven't done that. And I don't think Samsung is doing that anymore.
LU STOUT: What does the verdict mean for the consumer? I mean, Samsung, after the verdict was out, it said that it will lead to fewer choices, it will lead to less innovation and potentially high prices. Do you agree with that?
PATEL: You know, that's one side of looking at a patent debate. You know, after every period of rapid innovation there's a period of sort of rapid litigation. But ultimately what this is going to do, it's going to force Samsung, it's going to force the other Android vendors, it's going to force Google to start rapidly differentiating their products away from Apple's. And if that leads to more different products, I think that's ultimately a win for consumers. If that leads to them being more cautious, that's a loss.
But I don't think Google is a cautious company. I don't think Samsung is a cautious company. And I think what we are actually going to see is the proliferation of more different, in some cases dramatically better products.
LU STOUT: OK. Well, that's good to hear for the consumers out there, including you and me.
Now Samsung, they lost every part of its case against Apple, but there was a bright spot, and the only bright spot for Samsung was the jury did not think that the Galaxy Tab, it's tablet copied the iPad's design. But my question is, what is Apple thinking then. Do you think Apple is going to appeal that decision?
PATEL: Oh, absolutely.
You know, Samsung used to -- before the case, Samsung characterized it as, quote, "Apple's black rectangle problem." And I think what the jury was persuaded by was that slide you showed. There was a period of phones before the iPhone that Samsung made. And there was a period of phones after. And the iPhone clearly changed how those phones were made.
There wasn't necessarily similar evidence for the iPad. And there aren't so many other ways to make a largescreen tablet, other than putting a big screen on the front of it. And so the jury said, no, the Galaxy tab is the obvious design here, it's the -- it's not infringing the iPad. It looks different. And I think Apple if they want to protect the iPad, they're going to -- they're almost certainly going to appeal that decision and see if they can convince a court that the iPad design is unique enough in the market, that consumers immediately see it and know it's an iPad.
LU STOUT: Yeah. And let's show that slide again for viewers who may have missed it of Samsung phones what they looked like before the iPhone, after the iPhone, this a key piece of evidence that led the jury to make its decision that Samsung was guilty of infringing the iPhone.
What's next legally for Samsung? Will Samsung appeal? Should they appeal?
PATEL: Oh, Samsung will almost certainly appeal. You know, they've got to decide where to put sort of the weight of their legal efforts now. They've got to look at the verdict, look specifically -- it's over 700 discrete decisions that the jury has made here. They've got to decide which ones they're going to focus on to attack. And they've got to, you know, convince the judge most importantly in the next two weeks not to triple the damages in this case.
So the jury awarded Apple $1 billion in damages. And they also found that Samsung had willfully infringed these patents. And when you find willful infringement the judge has the ability to triple those damages.
So they've got to convince the judge that -- to leave the damage award alone and they've got to focus on their appeals efforts.
LU STOUT: All right. Nilay Patel of The Verge, thank you so much for joining us. Once again, take care.
PATEL: Thank you for having me.
LU STOUT: Now the trial, it also allowed us to get a rare glimpse into the design process at Apple as the court documents revealed never before seen prototypes like this, a metallic iPhone concept. And there was also this iPad. And it was reportedly built as far back as in 2004, that's a full six years before the iPad was released.
So why wasn't it released sooner? Well, this slide might explain. The original iPad, the prototype rather, it was one inch thick. And that is not the only example out there of how Apple plans ahead. This prototype was created before the original iPhone was released. It doesn't even have a camera. Steve Jobs originally did not want one on the iPhone. And if it looks familiar to you, well it should. It is a very early version of what would eventually become the iPhone 4.
So are there glimpses of the future hidden among the mockups? Well, could this, for example, this oddly shaped device represent what the iPhone could look like one day? Well, perhaps, but I'd rather draw your attention to this, an elongated iPhone. Now rumors say that the new iPhone will have a longer screen. While it might not look exactly like this prototype it shows how far ahead products and concepts are developed at Apple.
Now coming up next here on News Stream, saddle up. We're taking you to one of the world's biggest rodeos. And it is a long way from Texas. That story straight ahead.
LU STOUT: Welcome back.
Well, it is the golf contest with the football match atmosphere: the Ryder Cup. It is less than a month away. And Europe's team has been finalized.
Alex Thomas is in London. He's got more -- Alex.
ALEX THOMAS, CNN SPORTS CORRESPONDENT: Kristie, Ian Poulter and Nicholas Colsaerts are the two wild card picks of Europe's Ryder Cup captain Jose Maria Olazabel. They join the 10 players who have already qualified for the match against the United States next month.
Colsaerts will be the only rookie on Europe's team as they look to defend the trophy they've won in six of the last eight tournaments, while the 29 year old Belgians inclusions may raise a few eyebrows, Poulter's selection had been widely predicted. It'll be his fourth Ryder Cup. And he's won eight points in his previous matches.
Olazabel overlooked Padraid Harrington, a veteran of five Ryder Cups. And the Irishman missed the chance to push his claim by finishing just tied for 19th at the Barclay's Championship in the United States over the weekend.
Fellow European Sergio Garcia was the overnight leader attempting a second successive PGA Tour victory. And the Spaniard looked as if he'd make a winning start to the FedEx Cup playoff when he drained this long birdie putt at the sixth. Garcia moving to 10 under par.
Elsewhere, Tiger Woods was going in the wrong direction double boogeying the 12th hole to drop to two under.
And the 13th was almost unlucky for the former world number one as he dropped another stroke.
So it was another American, Nick Watney, who emerged as Garcia's biggest challenger overtaking the Spaniard with a birdie at the 8th hole. And he never faltered down the closing stretch finishing in style with a birdie at the last hole. Nick Watney, the 2012 Barclay's Champion. And he should be certainly a candidate for the U.S. Ryder Cup team.
Women's golf history was made on Sunday when a 15 year old player became the youngest ever winner on the LPGA circuit, taking the Canadian Open title. Lydia Ko was born in South Korea in 1997, but now lives in New Zealand. And the teen is clearly comfortable in the limelight. Here she is on the par 4 11th, her second shot landing just shy of the cup. That set up a birdie.
Now we pick up Ko on the par 4 15th sinking another birdie put to take a four stroke lead.
Her final round was 67, five under par. And that was good enough for a three stroke victory.
Ko overtaking Lexy Thompson's record as the youngest ever LPGA winner. Thompson was 16. Ko is the reigning U.S. amateur champion as well, but she's already proved she has what it takes to beat the pros.
Now in football, Real Madrid's longest unbeaten run in La Liga for 15 years has ended and may well be the reason the Spanish champions have finally agreed a deal to sign Luka Modric from Tottenham. Media reports in Spain suggest the Croatian midfielder will join for around $43 million. The need for Mourinho to increase his side's attacking options was underlined by shock 2-1 defeat against fellow Madrid club Getafe on Sunday night.
Real beaten despite Gonzalo Iguain firing them ahead in the opening hour and hour. It leaves last season's Primera Liga winners down in 15th place after their first two matches of the new season.
It is early days, of course, as it is in the opening day of the U.S. Open, the final grand slam tournament of the tennis season. And Roger Federer will be the favorite to life the men's singles title for the first time since 2008. If he does, he'll be the first man in 87 years to claim the championship at Flushing Meadows on six occasions, taking him past fellow five-time champions Peter Sampras and Jimmy Connors.
Federer is back to world number one. And with Rafa Nadal absent through injury, he has a great chance to add another Grand Slam crown to his collection.
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ROGER FEDERER, 2012 WIMBLEDON CHAMPION: It's been a great last 12 months. And I was injury free. And -- I mean, I always did believe that things, you know, turn for the better for me. I was going to be always very near to world number one. I mean, I wasn't far off, but I couldn't plan was Novak going on a 40 match win streak, or, you know, Rafa going for almost four grand slams in a row as well. So other guys also have their part to play in it. It's not only up to purely myself.
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THOMAS: Reaction on the show of course. We get underway at Flushing Meadows in just over two hours time. Sam Stosur will start the defense of her women's singles title against Croatia's Petra Martic. And that's followed by the new Wimbledon Olympic champion Andy Murray's opening match.
We'll bring you up to date on those matches in World Sport in three and a bit hours time. For now, Kristie, back to you in Hong Kong.
LU STOUT: All right. Alex Thomas there, thank you.
Now it happens every year in a Brazilian ranch down. One of the world's biggest rodeos, it draws nearly a million fans for a bull riding spectacle. Brazilian cowboys go head to head against some of North America's top bull riders. Shasta Darlington reports.
SHASTA DARLINGTON, CNN CORREPSONDENT: The gate snaps open and this cowboy hangs on for a full six seconds, just not enough. Lassos, bucking broncos, country glitz, and lightning fast cowgirls, even five year olds riding bare back on sheep. But this isn't Texas. We're in Bajetos (ph), one of the world's biggest rodeos in the heart of Brazil's rich ranch land.
The music has a familiar twang, but Portuguese is spoken here. And apparently the bulls are a lot bigger than back home in Oklahoma.
CHANCE RADFORD, BULLRIDER: Me, I prefer bigger bulls. He likes smaller ones.
LANE SCOTT, BULLRIDER: I'm a little guy.
RADFORD: The bigger bull, you can get more -- you got more to get a hold of. And the small one, they're fast and wormy. And that...
DARLINGTON: Agriculture is big business in Brazil, not surprisingly so is rodeo. Almost $10 million went into this year's show in Bajetos (ph), a corporate sponsored spectacle that lasts a week and a half and draws nearly 1 million country-loving fans.
People don't usually get access to this area. As you can see, cowboys are getting ready wrapping their hands. Right back here, we're really right in the middle of it. We got special access. This is where the cowboys climb up onto the platform, right over that bar, they jump on the bull and they head out into the stadium.
Each day of rodeo has its winners and its losers. One of the favorites is a local boy who just happens to be the world champion bullrider.
"The dream of every ranch boy is to make it here in Bajetos (ph)," he says.
Team USA gets off to a wobbly start. Most of them are tossed from their bulls before the full eight seconds are up. They have a simple strategy to make up for it tomorrow night.
RADFORD: Just stay on.
SCOTT: Stay on.
RADFORD: Just stay on. That's as simple as it gets. Just stay on.
SCOTT: Ride them.
DARLINGTON: It's worth the fight. The winning team will take home up to $65,000.
Shasta Darlington, CNN, Bajetos (ph), Brazil.
LU STOUT: Now up next it was an idea that was sparked around the family dinner table. And up next, we'll take a look at a material its inventors say can harness the heat from your body and turn it into electricity.
LU STOUT: Welcome back.
Now what if you can develop a fabric that could harness body heat as a source of electricity. Well, it's not as far fetched as you might think. And EcoSolution's Anna Coren tells us about a breakthrough that is called Power Felt.
ANNA COREN, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: David Carroll's family has a problem.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I don't know. I just think my mom talks too much on the telephone.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: The thing about it, though, is she likes playing on my phone. So she doesn't want me to have a low battery on my phone, do you?
COREN: A point of contention that's turned to inspiration.
DAVID CARROLL, WAKE FOREST UNIVERSITY: And (inaudible) is the one that suggested, well, maybe we could add something to the phone to generate power.
COREN: Taking his daughter's suggestion, Carroll got to work. In his lab at Wake Forest University, he and his students use elements so small they're undetected by the human eye.
CARROLL: Take that single wall of carbon nanotube that has the diameter that would allow it to slip right down the middle of the helix of DNA. We're been through pretty much all the naturally occurring materials on the planet. And there isn't really a material out there that's able to hold the heat back and conduct the electricity in a format which was flexible or inexpensive. So what we decided to do was to build such a material. And we can build those materials using nanotechnology.
COREN: And when it to designing a material that can fit on the back of a mobile phone, small size is a big advantage.
CARROLL: The most important idea behind the application is that it's invisible.
COREN: Layering carbon nanotubes with flexible plastic fibers, Carroll's team created a material that converts heat into Electricity with the feel and thickness of a fabric.
CARROLL: This is Power Felt. So this little swath right here is a piece of Power Felt. And all you have to do is grab it and warm it up on one end. If you do that, you can see the voltage go way up.
COREN: Carroll says Power Felt is relatively inexpensive to make, meaning the potential uses for the material go well beyond boosting mobile phone batteries.
CARROLL: The cost factor is the number one reason why eco technologies are not adopted. Solar Cells, for instance, is an excellent example. Power Felt is a way around that. It's an inexpensive way to collect the heat that's wasted normally and convert it into electricity at the cost of a fabric, at the cost of a felt.
But here's what it looks like if you make a shirt out of it. So this is a shirt that charges your battery. This is the Power Felt here. You can see that feels nice.
The next step, says Carroll, is partnering with a company that can product Power Felt on a larger scale. Not bad for an idea born around the kitchen table.
Anna Coren, CNN, Hong Kong.
LU STOUT: And now we want to take a moment to say farewell to the first man on the moon Neil Armstrong. He passed away Saturday at the age of 82 from complications following heart surgery. Now funeral plans are expected to be announced later today.
Now Armstrong was selected as an astronaut in 1962. His first space flight was Gemini 8. He performed the first successful docking of two vehicles in space.
And then came Apollo 11. On July 16, 1969, Armstrong lifted off with Buzz Aldrin and Mike Collins. No one knew if they would make it to the moon and back. And Armstrong became the first person to land on the lunar surface, though he almost ran out of fuel in the process.
And then he planted the first human footprint and said those famous words.
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NEIL ARMSTRONG, ASTRONAUT: That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.
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LU STOUT: Now Armstrong always insisted he meant to say that's one small step for a man, but he admitted I can't hear when I listen on the radio reception here on Earth, so I'll be happy if you just put it in parentheses. You can see we've done that for him on your screen.
Now this is one of the few images of Armstrong on the moon. And there are not many. Explained that's because it was his job to take the pictures. He also joked that Buzz Aldrin is more photogenic.
Now Armstrong never returned to the moon. And he retired as an astronaut the next year. He once said "I am and ever will be a White Sox pocket protector nerdy engineer."
Now it's unclear if the man frequently described as a reluctant hero will receive a state funeral as some fans have requested.
And in a statement, Armstrong's family says it has a simple request for people who want to pay their respects, they say honor his example of service, accomplishment and modesty. And the next time you walk outside on a clear night and see the moon smiling down at you, think of Neil Armstrong and give him a wink.
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