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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RE[2]: wow
by r_a_trip on Thu 7th Jul 2011 13:07 UTC in reply to "RE: wow"
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Also I could of sworn that Tom Tom got pimp slapped by Microsoft over Linux and Tom Tom settled.

If you would have followed that case, you would have known that Tom Tom caved, because they were financially very weak and did not have the resources to fight the absurdity of the ugly kludge MS has patented to make short and long file names possible in the ancient FAT file system.

That patent hasn't been thoroughly contested and the Linux kernel development team simply opted to forego the obsolete 8.3 naming convention and worked around the patent that way. Simple, cheap, effective.

I wouldn't point to Tom Tom as the poster child of strong, irrefutable proof that MS has a quality patent portfolio. Nor that Linux is toast.

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