Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 30th Apr 2012 11:53 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless Barnes & Noble is spinning off its Nook e-reader business into a new company - which will be a cooperation with Microsoft. Redmond will invest $300 million into the new company, and on top of that, the two companies have settled the patent litigation, which was part of Microsoft's string of mafia practices against Android vendors. I have a sneaking suspicion this will be the end of the line for the Android-based Nook e-readers and tablets. Get 'm while supplies last.
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"mafia practices"?
by MollyC on Mon 30th Apr 2012 19:01 UTC
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Good grief.
God forbid any company protect its patents.

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RE: "mafia practices"?
by Valhalla on Mon 30th Apr 2012 20:30 in reply to ""mafia practices"?"
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Good grief.
God forbid any company protect its patents.

Oh please stop with this song and dance number. Back in the day Microsoft apologists said 'yes, we agree that software patents are really bad, but Microsoft is just filing patents as protection'.

Now that Microsoft is using patents offensively just like those 'awful patent trolls which attacked Microsoft' you are singing a new tune, that of how 'software patents are now really good and that a company must be allowed to protect their investments'.

Software patents are crap in theory, and they are even worse in practice as they are granted no matter how ridiculously obvious they are to anyone skilled in the particular field.

The forefront patent in Microsoft's trolling has been the long filename patent which they sued TomTom for and which was part of their patent case against B&N.

It's a very obvious patent to anyone skilled in programming and it was recently revealed that Linus Torvalds had prior art on Microsofts filing by three years.

That Microsoft can run around and sue people over such a pathetic patent is all evidence needed of just how bad the software patent system is.

And the only reason we are even using FAT today is due to the monopoly enforced ubiquity of that filesystem, not due to any technical merits whatsoever.

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RE: "mafia practices"?
by lemur2 on Tue 1st May 2012 01:01 in reply to ""mafia practices"?"
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Good grief.
God forbid any company protect its patents.

"any company protect its bogus patents" ... there, I fixed it for you.

B&N had already managed to get most of the Microsoft patents thrown out, invalidated or withdrawn by Microsoft in the Microsoft vs B&N case. Linux simply does not infringe any of Microsoft's valid patents. Linux and Windows are fundamentally different technologies, so Linux does not use Windows methods of doing things.

This is a good move from Microsoft (well, perhaps a little transparent and reeking of desperation) in its quest to continue to pretend that Linux (allegedly) infringes on Microsoft IP.

Microsoft should give up this farce IMO. It not only gives Microsoft very bad PR, but it makes them look both desperate and fraudulent.

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RE[2]: "mafia practices"?
by dsmogor on Wed 2nd May 2012 09:04 in reply to "RE: "mafia practices"?"
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>> It not only gives Microsoft very bad PR,
Except for royalities that top ones from their WP7...

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RE: "mafia practices"?
by dsmogor on Wed 2nd May 2012 09:24 in reply to ""mafia practices"?"
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You (unintentionally) hit the nail! They are protecting their patents (by not disclosing them) so that they can continue blackmailing companies that are poorly legally entrenched in the US. Why, because their *IP rights* standing behind those patents doesn't exist. Seing how US govt. looks through fingers at these practices starts to resemble how Russian govt. treats Gazprom.

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