Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 7th Aug 2012 12:24 UTC, submitted by henderson101
Legal "Comparing Samsung's flagship products before and after release of the iPhone & iPad, and how Apple's intellectual property infringement claims hold up." A terrible visual guide that ignores not only Samsung's own pre-iPhone designs, but also - and worse yet - the thirty-odd years of mobile computing that preceded the iPhone. Typical of today's technology world: a complete and utter lack of historical sense. Worse yet are the claims about icons: only the phone icon is similar, but Apple did not invent the green phone icon. This is a remnant of virtually all earlier phones which use a green phone icon for initiate/answer call, and a red phone icon for terminate/reject call. Claiming this deserves IP protection is beyond ridiculous, and shows just how low Apple is willing to go.
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by darseex on Wed 8th Aug 2012 02:33 UTC
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A lot of you people whining about Thom's 'bias' need to sit back and think about the situation for a moment or two. While the term fits (strictly speaking), most often it's used in such a way as to suggest an irrational dislike for something. Thom's (well-founded) disgust for Apple's behavior is anything but irrational.

Does it seem like a lot of these stories are cropping up? Indeed it does, but instead of immediately accusing Mr. Holwerda of waging a personal holy-war against Apple, it's worth considering that these stories keep popping up because Apple continues to behave in a manner well-worth the ire of anyone who cares about trifling matters such as freedom, history or honest-to-god innovation.

"Well that's fine," you say, "but all I'm really interested in are stories about new hardware, new operating systems, etc."

If that's your opinion, you'd better start holding an anti-Apple bias (and anti-Microsoft bias while we're at it) yourself, because unless giant tech-bullies like Apple/MS get slapped down, and hard, you can look forward to a future where the entrepreneurial spirit has been stamped out of existence by those holding the most cash and the greatest number of patents, laughable or otherwise.

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by MysterMask on Wed 8th Aug 2012 04:13 in reply to "Yeah."
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these stories keep popping up because Apple continues to behave ..

Come on. Just look around the web and you'll see a lot more patent stories than just "Apple against ..". Funny, only the 'Apple against ..' stories are seen on this site.

Of course it's Thom's freedom to post whatever stories he likes on his tech blog, but claiming that there is some natural objectivity in the selection of stories is just stupid.

In the media world things are not about truth, justice or objectivity but about who can make the most noise.

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by darseex on Wed 8th Aug 2012 06:21 in reply to "RE: Yeah."
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Apple V. Samsung is the big story right now. It's the only one you'll hear about regularly in the 'mainstream media,' because everyone and their mom owns an iPhone. That does elevate this story somewhat, which makes this a bit of a special case; you'll recall that Thom used to post a shit-ton of IP and patent law stories, but everyone started bitching about it due to the sheer number of articles posted.

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