Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 14th Mar 2010 15:12 UTC
Legal It's no secret to anyone that while Apple sued HTC, the lawsuit is more about Google than HTC itself. Since Android is open source, and owned by no one, it's kind of hard to go after Google itself, and as such, HTC was the prime target, since it is the number one Android smartphone maker. The New York Times has an in-depth article up about the subject, with a whole boatload of quotes from people within the two companies, and it paints a picture of all this being a highly emotional and personal vendetta - especially from Apple's side.
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Product Quality
by jimmystewpot on Sun 14th Mar 2010 22:32 UTC
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I am finding the Apple law suites really interesting. I don't believe that all of the patents that are being referenced by Apple as being valid. However there are many which can easily by passed with alternative's which are just as east if not easier to use. There are others which can be seen as a true innovation and therefore should be patentable. The key here is that apple expects everyone to play by their rules when the reality is that they live in a very strange place... The rules that apple play by are extreme and controlling and often contradictory to technology advancement... There are so many patents which they don't license to people to develop further and enhance the usage.. If the whole industry played like this would we all be at the 'technological' level that we are today? Could you imagine a world if Xerox or whoever it was that invented the GUI didn't license it? it would be very different to what we have today.

I believe passionately in the need for patents to be licensed so that we can all grow and improve.

I am by no means a fan of google, but I really appreciate their products and their open API's. It makes developing tools and so on so much easier. I think that is one of the big differentiators between google and many of their competitors in that they understand the need to integrate even if you have to do it on their terms. This is a fundamental difference with apple who rarely integrate anything openly.

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