Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 5th Oct 2010 14:25 UTC
Windows With the release of Windows Phone 7 upon us, the hype machine now goes all the way up to 11. While hype machines are generally relatively harmless and easy to poke a hole through, coordinated FUD campaigns by patent trolls are not. After Apple and Microsoft trolled HTC, and Microsoft now trolling Motorola, the actual FUD campaign against Android is in full swing.
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emilsedgh
Member since:
2007-06-21

They will never stop this patent game. They dont care how much money they spend on it.

To them, patents are more than a source of revenue (through license fee's).

Microsoft doesnt really look for Motorola's license fee's. They are taking advantage of the situation to spread FUD about their competeitor. And sweet patents are the only tool available for the job.

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lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

Microsoft doesnt really look for Motorola's license fee's. They are taking advantage of the situation to spread FUD about their competeitor. And sweet patents are the only tool available for the job.


Attacking Google with weak patents just gives Google an excellent opportunity to fight back.

Google can now legitimately counter-attack (perhaps take down Bing?) and they can also now allege all kinds of anti-competitive behaviour of Microsoft without having to wear such accusations themselves (as in, you raised the lawsuit, not us).

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Nelson Member since:
2005-11-29

It's really a fight Google rather stay out of. They had a really lackluster response to the HTC vs Apple thing, and they have their own big, serious problem against Oracle which threatens to do way more damage to them than this.

They'd rather handset manufacturers duke it out, while they maintain this false image of literally giving away Android and making money hand over fist.

It's very easy to say "Well Google can just take down Bing". And maybe, but not before a long, multiyear, protracted legal battle with Microsoft including opening a potential can of worms surrounding patents that Microsoft also holds.

This isn't as cut and dry as some make it out to be, but it's easy to be an computer chair lawyer and dish out legal advice without considering the repercussions.

Google to me has always been very passive, almost sneaky in how they monetize Android. It's like the wild west, that platform. They'll throw Android in your face, collect your data, and bolster their laser targeted search.

The operating system is just a vehicle to increase search revenue, beyond that, they don't give a damn about handset makers.

Contrast this with Microsoft coming to the aid of HTC with the Apple lawsuit. Yeah, Google pretty much hung them out to dry by comparison.

Google is really the worst kind of company, the one that's really nefariously evil, but that everyone thinks is their best friend.

Pretty much how they do all their business is shady, especially giving Sun and Java the go-around. It'll be interesting to see Oracle dismember the Android development platform, while Microsoft siphons off Android revenue from handset makers.

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