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And to think, a decade ago, Apple spent a little over a half a million dollars on Washington lobbying efforts . In a potential major setback for Apple Inc., a federal judge who will preside over a coming antitrust trial that will determine whether it engaged in a conspiracy to raise prices for e-books said on Thursday that the government is likely able to prove its case against the computer maker. The four-week promotion applies to all models of the iPhone when purchased with a new two-year contract on AT&T, Sprint or Verizon. For lack of a better verb, I think the media kind of fucked it up. – Ashton Kutcher’s current view of Twitter. The new actions include a second complaint to the U.S. International Trade Commission and a federal suit in Southern California. Same song, new verse. But not quite as much fun this time. A federal trade panel has ruled that Microsoft Corp.'s Xbox doesn't infringe on wireless patents owned by Motorola Mobility, another in a series of legal decisions that could quiet patent litigation surrounding popular consumer electronic devices. Google is nowhere near as dominant in advertising as it is in search, but the FTC may be interested in taking a closer look at the business. Dish Network Corp. took one step closer to arranging $9 billion in committed financing for its $25.5 billion bid for Sprint Nextel Corp. Telefonica and MTS talk about what comes after dumb pipes.