Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 28th Sep 2011 15:36 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless This is the biggest one yet. Microsoft's professional extortion campaign - the third side of the same triangle it shares with Apple and Oracle - has finally hit Samsung. The two companies have signed a patent licensing agreement concerning Samsung's use of Android, in which a rumoured fee of $15 (!) per device will flow from Seoul to Redmond. Not entirely coincidentally, that's about the price of a Windows Phone 7 license.
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you make them sound irrational
by umad on Wed 28th Sep 2011 19:08 UTC
umad
Member since:
2011-08-18

"Apple fanatics rejoice because they hate Google more than anything"

It's been my experience that users who prefer Apple products because of the superiority in areas that matter to them (e.g. your "fanatics" actually like Google a great deal. Many (Apple users and not) dislike Google for a number of reasons. Here's a few reasons why I personally don't like the as a company despite liking many of their services:

Yelp gets popular? Copy their info, shove Yelp to the bottom of the page and put Google Places and reviews at the top.

Groupon won't sell? Spend billions from other businesses to destroy them.

Twitter and Facebook innovate on search? Take their content, whine when they try and stop you then spend billions to prevent their growth and hopefully destroy them.

Apple working on a touchscreen smartphone? Spend billions from another business and copy everything you can, down to swipes and apps.

Need a smartphone operating system with Java. Take Java and use it for your own ends.

Need a location mapping technology and Skyhook won't sell? Spend billions from your monopoly profits and strongarm your partners and drive Skyhook out of business.

Buy up the big travel search sites.

Claim you are open source but share nothing related to what your business claims to be about -- search, and nothing related to how you make your money -- advertising

Claim you are open and standards based but control who gets access to your smartphone operating system

Edited 2011-09-28 19:09 UTC

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Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

Claim you are open and standards based but control who gets access to your smartphone operating system


...and yet, Amazon can build an entirely non-Google Android and (probably) sell millions of copies. And yet, Fusion Garage can experiment with Android and build and entirely non-Google experience.

Cut the nonsense, Kelly. The facts don't support your gruberesque bull.

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kristoph Member since:
2006-01-01

Amazon can build an entirely non-Google Android and (probably) sell millions of copies. And yet, Fusion Garage can experiment with Android and build and entirely non-Google experience.


Android 2.x was certainly open source by any reasonable definition. Both the Amazon product, the Fusion Garage product and the Baidu fork/version is 2.x based.

Google closed the source as of Android 3 (Honeycomb). Google said they will release the source in the future but it has, to date, seen the light of day (that I know of)

Hopefully 3.1 will once again become open when it's released in November but there is no news on that as of yet.

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dsmogor Member since:
2005-09-01

No company that uses, produces or promotes OSS, has OSS assets as the core of the business.
The companies that do, usually go out of business.
That's so repeatable, that's nearly a rule.
RMS can go to great lenghts preaching about selling GPL'd software, but the fact is OSS is like photography; it helps selling other stuff.

Edited 2011-09-28 19:48 UTC

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umad Member since:
2011-08-18

No company that uses, produces and promotes OSS has its assets as the core of the business.


Apple, the richest company in the world produces and promotes OSS and has its assets as the core of their business


The companies that do, usually go out of business. That's so repeatable that's nearly a rule.


You're right that its true most of the time.

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