Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 9th Aug 2011 17:32 UTC
Legal Okay, I didn't see this one coming. German press agency dpa is reporting that Apple has been granted a preliminary injunction barring Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1 from being distributed in the entire European Union except for The Netherlands, over a design patent. Competition at its finest, people, and this is clearly in the interest of consumers. I'm ashamed to be European. Updates in the article now. This iterative update process isn't really working when you've got a gazillion of them.
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Comment by howitzer86
by howitzer86 on Tue 9th Aug 2011 17:45 UTC
howitzer86
Member since:
2008-02-27

Outlawed products are often made even more popular by their illegal status (think prohibition). Consumers love this sort of thing. Apple may be thinking that banning Android tablets will force consumers to buy iPads but that flies in the face of humanity's naturally defiant spirit. Expect to see gray market imports flooding Europe soon.

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RE: Comment by howitzer86
by kristoph on Tue 9th Aug 2011 18:36 in reply to "Comment by howitzer86"
kristoph Member since:
2006-01-01

Contrary to popular opinion liquor was not more popular during prohibition.

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RE[2]: Comment by howitzer86
by jabbotts on Tue 9th Aug 2011 19:36 in reply to "RE: Comment by howitzer86"
jabbotts Member since:
2007-09-06

was it less or equally popular during prohibition?

(I'm sure it was significantly more profitable. ;) )

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RE[2]: Comment by howitzer86
by Edgarama on Tue 9th Aug 2011 19:56 in reply to "RE: Comment by howitzer86"
Edgarama Member since:
2008-04-04

Contrary to popular opinion liquor was not more popular during prohibition.

Please back up your statement wjtb facts please.It would interesting to see how liquor popularity was measured, and how this would be possible to measure, during the prohibition.

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RE[2]: Comment by howitzer86
by JAlexoid on Wed 10th Aug 2011 00:50 in reply to "RE: Comment by howitzer86"
JAlexoid Member since:
2009-05-19

But it was way more cool, daddy-o!

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RE: Comment by howitzer86
by Liquidator on Wed 10th Aug 2011 04:01 in reply to "Comment by howitzer86"
Liquidator Member since:
2007-03-04

I don't think people will bother, unfortunately, because they're not awareof what's going on.

Anyway...Any proud Apple user in the room? ;)
Wanna spend your hard-earned dollars to support Apple's clever law dept? ;)

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RE: Comment by howitzer86
by SilConGeeky on Wed 10th Aug 2011 06:48 in reply to "Comment by howitzer86"
SilConGeeky Member since:
2011-08-01

Kinda like when Intel lawyers went after the NEC V20/V30 which were clones of 286/386. Intel put its foot down and killed with a court order banning Japanese clones. Had they not, there would be a Intel today. A hard lesson when the Japanese flooded the US markets with DRAM chips below market and killed off all the US makers.

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RE[2]: Comment by howitzer86
by Icaria on Wed 10th Aug 2011 09:02 in reply to "RE: Comment by howitzer86"
Icaria Member since:
2010-06-19

Pretty piss-poor comparison.

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