October 5th, 2011
05:29 PM GMT
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London (CNN) – The heated rivalry between two of the world’s technology giants just got hotter. Samsung intends to file court injunctions in France and Italy to stop Apple selling its latest flagship iPhone model, the iPhone 4S, in both countries when it releases later this month.

Samsung is accusing Apple of two patent infringements, both dealing with wireless telecommunications technology.

Samsung’s move will not come as much of a surprise to Apple or its lawyers. Both companies have been aggressively pursuing each other through the international legal system for most of 2011 with over 20 claims filed in 10 countries since April.
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October 5th, 2011
01:50 PM GMT
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Editor's note: Watch Frederik Pleitgen at Adidas headquarters during Marketplace Europe, on CNN International, October 20 at 18:45 GMT.

Herzogenaurach (CNN) – It is always good to see companies that live the philosophy they try to sell.

For German sports and clothing firm Adidas, that is an active, dynamic lifestyle. Enter the company's headquarters in Herzogenaurach, near Nuremburg in Bavaria, and the place looks more like a giant activity centre then an office complex for human resources and marketing departments.

There's a beach volleyball court, running tracks and even a soccer stadium that seats about 2000.
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October 5th, 2011
05:04 AM GMT
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Hong Kong (CNN) – China says it could be on the march to a trade war with the United States. That’s after the U.S. Senate on Monday passed a key test vote that targets countries believed to keep their currencies artificially weak.

If the bill passes in the Senate – perhaps as early as this week – it would be the next step at shooting new tariffs onto exports from those countries. Looking between those Congressional crosshairs, this week’s legislation is clearly aimed at China.

The consistent clash takes place over the yuan, China’s currency, which China keeps loosely tied to the U.S. dollar and makes the country’s exports to the U.S. cheaper than those “Made in the USA.”
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