Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 23rd Aug 2011 21:51 UTC, submitted by Beta
Legal "Microsoft, the world's largest software maker, began arguing its U.S. trade case that Android-based smartphones made by Motorola Mobility Holdings use technology derived from Microsoft inventions. In a trial that began today before the International Trade Commission in Washington, Microsoft accused Motorola Mobility of infringing seven of its patents and requested a halt to imports of certain Motorola phones. The ITC has the power to stop imports of products that violate U.S. patent rights." Hey at least these patent trolls ensure we got stuff to write about.
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Dear Steve
by BallmerKnowsBest on Wed 24th Aug 2011 15:48 UTC
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From: Ballmer, Steven
To: Jobs, Steven
Subject: Thanks!

It looks like our plan is succeeding. Not only have our combined efforts managed to push Google into a situation where they're competing with their own OEMs (making Android even less attractive), but now we also have Motorola as a perfect avenue to go after Google directly without actually having to go after them directly.

Now we just have to keep putting money and marketing behind WP7 and, in a few years, it will start to displace Android just by attrition alone. Not that this was our plan all along... oh well, shucks, you caught me, actually it was our plan all along (sheepish grin goes here). Really now, did you honestly think that this relationship was for your benefit?

But hey, I'm a nice guy. If you play along, I'll let you keep a comfortable little niche (just like we did back in the late 90s). All you have to do is make Bing & other Microsoft services the default for everything in iOS. Otherwise? Well, after we're done with Android, who do you think is next on the list?

Yours in duopoly,

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