Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 11th Aug 2011 09:33 UTC
Legal Day 2 is underway in the Apple v. Samsung case in The Netherlands, a microcosm of what would have happened in Germany, had Germany implemented the concept of due process. Most interesting bit so far? Samsung is using the Knight Ridder tablet from 1994 as a case of prior art. I was unaware of this device, but be sure to watch the video - this is an iPad. Amazing. This doesn't actually surprise me though - my father worked at a large newspaper company his entire life until he retired a few years ago, and in the early '90s, he already attended demonstrations of devices like this, taking home promotional material that amazed my child brain. This was supposed to be the future of newspapers, until development on these kinds of devices suddenly halted - my father never understood why. Update: Forgot to mention that like yesterday, Andreas Udo de Haes, editor at, present in the court room, is covering this. This time, in English. Update II: Samsung has presented 20 cases of prior art for both tablets and smartphones. Update III: I'm liking Samsung's lawyers.
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RE: Neat
by Kroc on Thu 11th Aug 2011 11:26 UTC in reply to "Neat"
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They do have a better product. It's well rated, they're selling them faster than they can make them and the competition is struggling to offer an equal experience.

That playing field may level, sure, but Apple are trying to put a stop to that early on. If the market becomes awash with a mass of tablets, it only waters down their message.

Apple can compete, they just don't want to have to get to that. They want to be permanently ahead of the market by crippling any competition first, before it becomes real competition. They've seen how the PC market played out in the 80s and don't want a repeat that left Apple in last place and close to dying.

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