Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 24th Sep 2013 22:49 UTC, submitted by Radio
Apple I missed this one:

The 2012 patent trial that grabbed the most headlines was Apple's $1 billion win (since reduced) against Samsung. But Apple also suffered a major patent setback of its own last year when a patent-holding company called VirnetX won a $368 million verdict against the tech giant.

The consequences of Apple's loss are now starting to become clear. This month, testimony in a court hearing showed that not only is Apple facing royalty payments that could cost it many millions more, but it has already made changes to one of its premiere products, FaceTime - changes that reportedly have degraded the service's quality.

While I won't shed a tear for Apple losing a patent lawsuit, this does illustrate once more why the system is broken.

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RE[2]: Comment by Drumhellar
by Lennie on Wed 25th Sep 2013 18:59 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by Drumhellar"
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Skype/Microsoft also changed it's model in the same way Facetime did. It's a centralized model where all the traffic used to be handled P2P now all traffic flows through central servers.

Personally I wouldn't be surprised if NSA is involved, because the company where the patent originated was some kind of security company that developed the 'patented technology' when it was a subcontractor for the NSA.

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