Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 5th Jul 2011 22:12 UTC
Microsoft "One of Microsoft's hottest new profit centers is a smartphone platform you've definitely heard of: Android. Google's Linux-based mobile operating system is a favorite target for Microsoft's patent attorneys, who are suing numerous Android vendors and just today announced that another manufacturer has agreed to write checks to Microsoft every time it ships an Android device. Microsoft's latest target is Wistron Corp., which has signed a patent agreement 'that provides broad coverage under Microsoft's patent portfolio for Wistron's tablets, mobile phones, e-readers and other consumer devices running the Android or Chrome platform', Microsoft announced." That's the reality we live in, folks. This is at least as criminal - if not more so - than Microsoft's monopoly abuse late last century. After the Nortel crap, it's completely left the black helicopter camp for me: Microsoft, Apple, and several others are working together to fight Android the only way they know how: with underhand mafia tactics. Absolutely sickening. Hey Anonymous, are you listening? YES I WENT THERE.
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RE[7]: Patents are patents
by senshikaze on Wed 6th Jul 2011 01:30 UTC in reply to "RE[6]: Patents are patents"
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An I went there moment would be pointing out MS is working within the legal system, and they are doing what they can to maximize profits for their shareholders, which is the correct thing for them to do.

profit at the expense of the mobile ecosystem and at the expense of smaller companies that have done nothing illegal is not correct in any sense. If this was a school, it would be called bullying and would be stopped. The same things we tell children to not do we reward in business.
God save America.

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RE[8]: Patents are patents
by BluenoseJake on Wed 6th Jul 2011 09:18 in reply to "RE[7]: Patents are patents"
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Google is not a smaller company, not in any meaningful way, so for the purposes of this discussion, your point is irrelevant. MS's five bucks per Android phone is not going to hurt the ecosystem at all.

I think it's sleazy as hell, but it isn't the same as say Apple suing a small company that makes a product called "icloud"

God Save America? What is the purpose of that? Are you American?

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RE[9]: Patents are patents
by senshikaze on Wed 6th Jul 2011 11:34 in reply to "RE[8]: Patents are patents"
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yes, am american, though there are days I wish I wasn't.

Google isn't a small company, but Microsoft isn't targeting Google to license their patents (like they should be doing instead of hitting the small players)

This does f*ck with the ecosystem because it cause companies that might be thinking of releasing an android device to think about it before releasing. Is development + MS's license fees + legal fees less than development + wp7 fees? that has a chilling effect on the whole mobile market. Trying to kill competition through the horrid American patent system instead of actual innovation smells of a company with no product.

$5 per unit is actually quite a lot. To a consumer that can be up to a $100 additional charge. Microsoft is attacking the wrong companies, and, only because they know Google will fight to the bitter end, do they pick on the small companies. This is a classic bully tactic. Bullies are nothing but cowards and will only attack those who they know will not put up much of a fight.

Edited 2011-07-06 11:36 UTC

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Flatland_Spider Member since:

I agree. I didn't say I agreed with what MS is doing. I said what they are doing is legal and good for their shareholders.

Patents and whatnot are choking out small business, and should be abolished.

Business is pretty messed up. There was an article that stated that most people successful in business exhibit traits of sociopaths, which explains quite a bit.

God save America

Is that a Sex Pistols reference?

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RE[9]: Patents are patents
by senshikaze on Wed 6th Jul 2011 19:48 in reply to "RE[8]: Patents are patents"
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Is that a Sex Pistols reference?

Yes ^_^

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