In Apple and Samsung’s new war, Google is a wide-awake giant

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SAN FRANCISCO — Officially, it’s Apple vs. Samsung Electronics in another tech patent faceoff in a San Jose courtroom this week. But there is one unnamed party in the case — Google.

In a lawsuit, Apple is seeking about $2 billion in damages from Samsung for selling phones and tablets that Apple says violate five of its mobile software patents. Samsung, meanwhile, says Apple violated two of its patents.

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