Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 3rd Aug 2013 20:34 UTC
Legal The Obama administration:

After extensive consultations with the agencies of the Trade Policy Staff Committee and the Trade Policy Review Group, as well as other interested agencies and persons, I have decided to disapprove the USITC's determination to issue an exclusion order and cease and desist order in this investigation.

Lots of talk about SEPs and FRAND in Obama's decree, which means that the Obama administration contradicts everything the ITC has said. To freshen your memory, the ITC ruled that not only was the patent in question not a standard essential patent, but Samsung's offer was actually proper FRAND:

Additionally, the Commission found that there were still disputed issues concerning the patent at issue was even actually essential to the standard (and therefore whether a FRAND or disclosure obligation applied at all).

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The Commission analyzed the history of negotiations between Apple and Samsung (this portion is heavily redacted) to see if Apple showed that Samsung failed to negotiate “in good faith,” and found that Apple failed to do so. Notably, the Commission dismissed Apple’s arguments that (1) Samsung’s initial offer was so high as to show bad faith, and (2) Samsung’s attempts to get a cross-license to Apple’s non-SEPs violated its FRAND commitments.

In other words, the Obama administration threw out virtually everything the ITC has said in order to protect Apple. This effectively means that American companies can infringe on non-American companies' (standard essential) patents all they want, because the president will simply step in if they try to fight back.

So, I was wrong. I expected the Obama administration to be impartial and not give such a huge slap in the face of the ITC - as cynical as I usually am, I can still be naive. Protectionism is more important to the POTUS.

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RE: Speak with your wallet
by Tony Swash on Sun 4th Aug 2013 17:10 UTC in reply to "Speak with your wallet"
Tony Swash
Member since:
2009-08-22

Why Apple's cult of followers wait in line for hours to buy this junk simply defies logic.


No it doesn't. You cannot see anything attractive about Apple products but if you made a very small intellectual effort you could work what other people see in them. Here are some clues.

Apple products have a well known reputation for being designed for ease of use.

Because Apple offers a complete service and product stack Apple product users don't have to be system integrators, the amount of troubleshooting required to get Apple products and services to work together is small compared to market norms.

Apple has the best content stack attached to it's products (the totality of apps, music, films, TV, ebooks, educational materials, etc).

Apple products retain their value very well compared to market averages.

Apple has a premium brand reputation

Apple products are well designed and attractive.

Apple comes at the top or near the top of most surveys of customer satisfaction and customer support. Any discerning consumer will see this early in their product research.

Apple's retail outlets have a very high standard of customer support and if anything goes wrong are generally very helpful. The level of support and help available in an Apple retail store is an order of magnitude better than the market average.

Apple's product range is simple and easy understand, for example compare this:
http://www.gsmarena.com/samsung-phones-9.php
to this
http://store.apple.com/uk/iphone/family/iphone/compare

This not to argue that you or anyone else should buy Apple products, merely it is showing that the reason so many people do, and indeed get quite enthusiastic about Apple products, is not illogical. None of the things I listed have happened by chance, they were all deliberately designed and implemented to make customers enthusiastic about Apple products.

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