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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I think monopolies are extremely bad on all levels. Yet, I feel your post was excellent.

You mention that monopolies, with their hugely disproportionate cash flow advantage, may be able to do more for R&D than if the resources were distributed to many competing entities.

I guess this could be true, especially for things like cold fusion, or space programs, or certain medical cures, or other mega scale projects.

But I cannot think of a single software project where the resources demand nothing short of a full monopoly in order to build. Especially when we have ever more powerful computers in the home. There are fewer barriers to entry than ever before (ignoring software patents).

Many software giants tend to buy out much smaller companies for their low budget tech instead of deving it in house using their huge budgets. This seems to suggest that, at least for software, small companies can in fact beat the large ones at tech R&D, using far fewer resources.

Maybe you can provide a counter-example?

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