Today in Tech: Could IBM's Watson become Siri for businesses?

August 28, 2012: 12:22 PM ET

Samsung plans to fight court injunction of its products; the Winklevoss twins splurge on $18 million L.A. mansion. 

IBM envisions Watson as supercharged Siri for businesses [BLOOMBERG]

Bernie Meyerson, IBM's vice president of innovation, envisions a voice-activated Watson that answers questions, like a supercharged version of Apple Inc. Siri personal assistant. A farmer could stand in a field and ask his phone, "When should I plant my corn?" He would get a reply in seconds, based on location data, historical trends and scientific studies.

Go west young men: Winklevoss twins buy $18 million L.A. mansion to dive into SoCal tech scene [TECHCRUNCH]

The Winklevoss twins, the 31-year-old Harvard grads who are probably best known for their years-long legal fight with Mark Zuckerberg over the founding of Facebook, have put $18 million of theirFacebook settlement cash toward buying a brand new bachelor pad in the Hollywood Hills, according to a report today out of TMZ. ... "The Winklevii have their eye on SoCal as the new Silicon Valley (which is home to Facebook and Apple) thanks to L.A.'s booming tech scene."

Samsung vows to fight ban [THE WALL STREET JOURNAL]

Samsung responded in South Korea on Tuesday with a one-sentence press statement. "We will take all necessary measures to ensure the availability of our products in the U.S. market," it said.

A Samsung spokesman said the company's options included filing to stop the injunction, appealing if the judge grants it, and modifying products.

How Android has evolved while steering clear of Apple's designs [VERGE FORUMS]

With the lawsuit, I think it was pretty obvious that Samsung was heavily inspired by Apple and went through a lot of effort to straight up copy them in some areas (look and feel of hardware, completely redoing Android's homescreen to include colorful rounded rectangles, etc.). The question is, how has Google avoided this? And what should they continue to do?

Active in cloud, Amazon reshapes computing [THE NEW YORK TIMES]

"I have 10 engineers, but without A.W.S. I guarantee I'd need 60," said Daniel Gross, Cue's 20-year-old co-founder. "It just gets cheaper, and cheaper, and cheaper." He figures Cue spends something under $100,000 a month with Amazon but would spend "probably $2 million to do it ourselves, without the speed and flexibility."

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JP Mangalindan is a San Francisco-based writer at Fortune, covering Silicon Valley. Since joining in 2010, he has written on a wide array of topics, from the turnaround of eBay to the evolution of net neutrality. A graduate of Fordham University, Mangalindan has also written for GQ, Popular Science, and Entertainment Weekly.

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