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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play fair
by nillbug on Thu 29th Sep 2011 04:00 UTC
nillbug
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2009-09-25

Best next thing I can see that should be done now, its about Google requiring Samsung a fee payment based on violation of some (they certainly do) of the thousand licenses Google owns now. This is becoming an open war and now its the right time to count weapons and fix who is aligning with who.

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RE: play fair
by dsmogor on Thu 29th Sep 2011 12:56 in reply to "play fair"
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2005-09-01

The funny thing is that MS is trolling its own partners while hoping they will promote its own platform stuck in a hard place. And still they grin and plead.
Google could still play hard and tell their partners to drop WP7 plans or face moto patents asserted , but they declared themselves as "Do not evil" company. Looks like being labbeled as "Evil empire" gives MS more operational freedom than its competitors, as apparently the etics of doing business concern nobody these times.

Edited 2011-09-29 12:59 UTC

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RE[2]: play fair
by nillbug on Fri 30th Sep 2011 06:07 in reply to "RE: play fair"
nillbug Member since:
2009-09-25

I would prefer to support Google in case they were to play evil too. After all, the MS "protection tax" will be paid by the consumers to support the fat salaries of those who are litigating instead of writing code, I mean, the MS staff. I'm quite sure Google would do better use of those funds, to the consumer and also upstream.

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