Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 5th May 2014 21:13 UTC

For three years, Apple and Samsung have clashed on a scale almost unprecedented in business history, their legal war costing more than a billion dollars and spanning four continents. Beginning with the super-secret project that created the iPhone and the late Steve Jobs's fury when Samsung - an Apple supplier! - brought out a shockingly similar device, Kurt Eichenwald explores the Korean company's record of patent infringement, among other ruthless business tactics, and explains why Apple might win the battles but still lose the war.

Once you brush off the apple pie that spontaneously erupts from your monitor and get over the "Asian Samsung bad, American Apple good!"-mentality, this article has some very decent stuff in it. Worth the read.

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RE[2]: The beast on the horizon
by shotsman on Tue 6th May 2014 06:03 UTC in reply to "RE: The beast on the horizon"
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That might be the case but if a reatail giant such as Tesco (who already do the same thing as you describe about Aldi in AU) were to release their own branded smartphone I'd start to get worried.

Imagine this scenario.

You walk into say a Sainsbury's store, you might start getting messages on your phone with all sorts of offers to entice you to leave there and return to the 'fold' and shop at the Church of Tesco. Then if you continue to ignore them, the cost of using your phone would rise and rise until you went back.

Naturally, the phone would refuse to work with 'Pay-by-Bonk' in any outlet of a competitor. etc etc etc

The permutations are endless.

I guess they could even make all 'other' stores network blackspots. You are nothing more than a marketing pawn in their world.

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unclefester Member since:

Time to go back on the anti-paranoia medication.

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shotsman Member since:

The society shown in Minority report gets ever closer.
Is this something we really want?

I certainly don't so can we stop the planet, I want to get off.

Remember, the things that these stores sell is NOT the product. YOU are the product.

Edited 2014-05-06 09:44 UTC

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zima Member since:

You're being hysterical...

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