Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 6th Jul 2011 14:00 UTC
Microsoft Well, paint me red and call me a girl scout, I totally did not see this one coming at all. This is so utterly surprising it made my brain explode. Hold on to your panties, because this will rock your world. After pressuring several smaller Android vendors into submission (and yes, HTC is still relatively small compared to other players), Microsoft is now moving on to the big one: Redmond is demanding $15 for every Samsung Android device sold. Samsung's choices are simple: pay up, or face another epic lawsuit.
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risky business
by fran on Wed 6th Jul 2011 22:43 UTC
fran
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2010-08-06

Real risky business being a software developer in the US it seems.

When you go about writing some piece of code you are likely infringing some vague mundane patent that might come back to haunt you if you become a financial threat to big companies.

Some of the comments here are from programmers implying patentless software system create hungry programmers. This is not true and you can also argue the contrary. There are a lot of countries without software patents where the IT industry is flourishing.

Bill Gates himself said that he would not have been able to succeed if Microsoft where a startup today.

Anyhow have you also heard about the APPP party.
The Anti Powerpoint Party.
It came about when some really fed up Swiss calculated that powerpoint is costing it's country $2.5 Billion dollars a year.
Powerpoint with Apple's Keypoint cost europe about 110 Billion Euros.

This equals exactly the first Greece bailout package last year. 110 Billion Euros.

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/07/05/anti_powerpoint_party/

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/business/8656649.stm

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