Linked by snydeq on Mon 8th Aug 2011 22:14 UTC
Google InfoWorld's Neil McAllister questions whether slowing product development, legal woes, and rising bureaucracy will signal trying times ahead for Google. "With Google's rapid growth have come new challenges. It faces intense competition in all of its major markets, even as it enters new ones. Its newer initiatives have often struggled to reach profitability. It must answer multiple ongoing legal challenges, to say nothing of antitrust probes in the United States and Europe. Privacy advocates accuse it of running roughshod over individual rights. As a result, it's becoming more cautious and risk-averse. But worst of all, as it grows ever larger and more cumbersome, it may be losing its appeal to the highly educated, impassioned workers that power its internal knowledge economy." Note from Thom: Are Apple's Microsoft's Google's days behind it? I don't think you can call yourself a technology giant without a '[...] is dying'-article.
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You dont own your code MS and Apple does
by andydread on Mon 8th Aug 2011 23:31 UTC
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You cannot sit down in front of your computer these days and write any useful code in America without it treading on Apple's or Microsoft's software patents. This is a shame. It needs to change.

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But not just them, but also IBM, Intellectual Ventures and many others.

But many patents are just trivial or have prior art and should be easy to defend against in court.

With the emphasis on 'should be', but in reality many settle. And thus the stupid patent remains in place in some huge patent war chest until someone actually takes them to court.

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