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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by Ricardo_NY on Wed 28th Sep 2011 23:48 UTC
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So... The developers/slaves work for free for Linux and Android... and Microsoft gets money in the bank.

Did I miss something? I think I did: Linus Torvalds, Google and Linux Foundation do nothing and say nothing about it.

Very suspicious.

Edited 2011-09-28 23:53 UTC

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RE: Slaves
by kristoph on Wed 28th Sep 2011 23:59 in reply to "Slaves"
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Actually, Google said ...

"This is the same tactic we've seen time and again from Microsoft," a Google spokeswoman said in response to Wednesday's agreement. "Failing to succeed in the smartphone market, they are resorting to legal measures to extort profit from others' achievements and hinder the pace of innovation."

... and then Microsoft said (seriously, this is from @fxshaw) ...

let me boil down the Google statment they gave to @parislemon, from 48 words to 1: Waaaah.

Watching these companies cat fight like this is so very funny.

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RE: Slaves
by vitae on Thu 29th Sep 2011 00:31 in reply to "Slaves"
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Thing is, Microsoft is not taking its patent claims to the Linux Foundation so changes can be made, they're just shaking down smaller companies for the money and making the companies sign NDAs so nobody even knows what the problem is.

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RE[2]: Slaves
by cyrilleberger on Thu 29th Sep 2011 08:31 in reply to "RE: Slaves"
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"smaller companies"... aren't we talking about samsung here ? The company that makes about three times more than Apple and Microsoft, 50% more than IBM ;)

They don't go after small companies, they go after companies who make profits, and will be able to give them money. There is no point in attacking the linux fundation, it does not have much money, it does not sell products, and they are sure to try to fight back. All it will give to MS is bad press.

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