Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 27th Dec 2013 18:19 UTC

Google has decided to fight back against the Apple and Microsoft-backed patent troll Rockstar. It has filed a lawsuit, asking the court to state that the Android platform does not infringe any of the patents the patent troll is asserting against Android, Google, and Android OEMs. Google describes Rockstar's trolling in no uncertain terms.

Rockstar produces no products and practices no patents. Instead, Rockstar employs a staff of engineers in Ontario, Canada, who examine other companies' successful products to find anything that Rockstar might use to demand and extract licenses to its patents under threat of litigation.

A very interesting tidbit is found further down in the legal documents - Google claims that Rockstar actually contacted companies that use Android, asking them to... Stop using Android.

On information and belief, Rockstar contacted and met with these California-based companies in order to discourage them from continuing to use Google's Android platform in their devices, and to interfere with Google's business relationships.

This Apple and Microsoft shell company is way, way dirtier than we already knew.

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RE[3]: Rockstar is justified
by andydread on Sat 28th Dec 2013 18:31 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Rockstar is justified"
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What agency are you working for Burson-Marsteller? among others. I know MS and Apple have hired them to troll forums against Google.

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RE[4]: Rockstar is justified
by Alfman on Sun 29th Dec 2013 05:42 in reply to "RE[3]: Rockstar is justified"
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"What agency are you working for Burson-Marsteller? among others. I know MS and Apple have hired them to troll forums against Google."

In this case, it's interesting to note that "themwagency" is actually the domain name of a marketing company:

The domain was registered by a "KELLY MCNEILL", probably the same one who was the editor of and appears to have had spats in the past with our very own Thom Holweda:

In this post I will explain everything about the "dispute" between me and Kelly McNeill, managing editor of

OSNews is anti-Mac

All this started with an email ... in which he claimed that OSNews was deliberately having an anti-Apple stance, and he listed the last four Apple newsitems in a big and bold font. He then listed a few newsitems in that email that should've been posted on OSNews. ...

Sounds familiar!

Thom had this to say some 8 years ago...

And besides all this, it is quite obvious that he is jealous of OSNews' success.

It is also obvious that he is trying to make OSN look bad so he can attract more readers to osV.

Since osviews is no more, you won ;)

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