Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 29th Jun 2012 22:17 UTC
Legal I stopped following all the patent trolling in the mobile industry months ago because, you know, I have a life, but apparently some big ruling just got handed down in the United States: using three software patents, a patent troll from Cupertino has been given an injunction on Samsung's Galaxy Nexus, imposing a ban on the device. This patent trolling has to stop, blah, blah, we've all been here before. If you need me, I'll be over there on the sofa remembering the good old days when Cupertino was famous for great products, instead of infamous for its patent troll.
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by orfanum on Sun 1st Jul 2012 09:23 UTC
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I will have to more research here but on the ground in South Korea Apple is stoking a lot of anti-American sentiment. There's a presidential election here later this year which may mean the current pro-US person is ousted (there are fears that someone much more right-wing will get in, the daughter of a previous dictator, but it's not a foregone conclusion). If a different political part of the spectrum is voted in on the back of this anti-Americanism then US interests in the region may be damaged.

To give you an example, not only are people hacked off with one of their own companies being bashed, there's also a rumour doing the rounds that Apple has renamed Korean islands claimed by Japan with their Japanese designations in their maps app. I have not verified whether this rumour is based on the truth (it could easily have been spread by pro-Samsung types) but that does not matter; as far as I can tell, the rumour is believed.

The there's the relationship between South Korea and China; SK wants to constrain Chinese immigration, China wants SK tech and inward investment. There's a growing mutuality here, apart from the whole NK thing, that doesn't need the US to work for the sides involved to benefit. One could easily see how this thinking could be extended to many other areas.

In pursuit of this to me rather dubious strategy, which to my mind also damages the 'all-American' notions of free markets and free trade, in the minds of the US leadership apparently inseperable from 'democracy', Apple is directly and indirectly kicking a hornets' nest here. If I were a high-level member of Hillary Clinton's staff, I would be thinking of having a quiet word with the Apple leadership, now that Jobs is gone.

Conversely, I would also be talking to Google, which, though also not perfect, might help to restore confidence in the 'all-American way' by being seen to protect 'proxy companies' in the same way that the US deems itself the protector of 'proxy nations'.

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RE: Geopolitics
by dsmogor on Sun 1st Jul 2012 21:30 in reply to "Geopolitics"
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Well, looks like IT is now the mainstream, like cloth manuf. during industrial revolution, car industry, energy etc.

How do you all guys fell to be part of it?

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RE: Geopolitics
by zima on Wed 4th Jul 2012 11:40 in reply to "Geopolitics"
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There's a growing mutuality here, apart from the whole NK thing, that doesn't need the US to work for the sides involved to benefit.

Isn't there a growing mutuality with NK, too? (isn't it already something like "they're embarrassing, but they're a neighbour that must be taken into account" with PRC & NK?)

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