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Judge Tossed 3 Samsung Phones Out
Authored by: Anonymous on Tuesday, August 14 2012 @ 01:17 PM EDT
Judge throws Samsung a bone, tosses case against 3 of the smartphones, Galaxy Ace, Galaxy S i9000 and Galaxy S II i9100. Those weren't sold in U.S. But Apple still has plenty of products left in its crosshairs...

[PJ: So, not $2.5 billion in damages for Apple, even in a worst case scenario for Samsung.] - Howard Minz, Mercury News Live Blog
One of the courtroom tweeters said that Apple made a statement that their damages expert valued those 3 phones at $0 anyway, so the full $2.5 million plus is still on the table.

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Headshot! Diamond Touch! Will the patent survive?
Authored by: kuroshima on Tuesday, August 14 2012 @ 01:56 PM EDT
Quinn Emanuel brings a blast from the past! clicky

Will it survive as a zombie patent?

BTW, this is Google Modus Operandi right? bring the actual things that show the prior art in front of the jury...

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Berkshire Hathaway dumps Intel.
Authored by: Anonymous on Tuesday, August 14 2012 @ 04:59 PM EDT
<a
href="http://finance.yahoo.com/news/buffetts-berkshire-slashes-stock-holdin
gs-204257365.html">linky</a>

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Samsung Accuses Apple of Infringement
Authored by: Anonymous on Tuesday, August 14 2012 @ 06:35 PM EDT
Seems to me this judge is really letting the lawyers have their way with the
court. Both sides bringing out patents and/or arguments that are ridiculous.

This whole thing is a farce. Both sides arguing the other side is
"stealing" from them, yet they are still business partners. Both still
depend heavily on each other for their businesses. To let these businesses use
the court like this as an extension of what boils down to mostly small business
disputes and market competition is really a waste of time and resources. If this
were that big a deal for these companies, then why are they still depending on
each other?

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QWERTY rules OK
Authored by: Anonymous on Tuesday, August 14 2012 @ 06:39 PM EDT
Newspick says half of all Nokia users prefer a mechanical qwerty keyboard on their smartphone. After massaging self-selection bias, and extrapolating to the global market the conclusion is that SMS is the deciding factor. Even if a phone is smart it still needs SMS to survive, and all the top gun TXTers prefer the button keyboard for touchtyping. So all the top brand smartphones provide a keyboard. Ummm, all of them? Oh, wait...

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Why the Man Who Invented the Web Isn't Rich
Authored by: TemporalBeing on Wednesday, August 15 2012 @ 01:54 PM EDT
So basically FreedomBox (http://freedomboxfoundation.org/) then.

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Carl Bernstein on the economics and motivations of US journalism
Authored by: TemporalBeing on Wednesday, August 15 2012 @ 02:02 PM EDT
Newspapers are only having a problem because they are not showing their value.

We get the daily newspaper for two reason: (i) the comics, and (ii) coupons
(which saves us the cost of the paper in use). Note that neither reason is for
news, though we certainly read the news in it (albeit usually a day or two after
it is reported elsewhere).

The problem for newspapers is that when it comes to news contents they are
utterly lacking in material and quality.

For instance, the local newspaper recently had an article in the business
section pretty much devoted to one person having received a promotion and what
they thought they'd be able to accomplish in that new job.

Or, look at the number of spelling and grammar mistakes in most newspaper
articles - both online and in print.

If they really want to turn around the business, then they really need to get
back to having the editing staff they use to - don't simply rely on MS Word/etc
to do the spell check and grammar checks for you (it isn't that good; neither is
OpenOffice/LibreOffice for that matter). Actually have people proof read the
articles before putting them out. It might take a little extra effort, but it
will certainly add value.

People will put up with it in blogs because (i) they don't typically pay to read
a blog, and (ii) they don't see it as the same thing. Yet many professional
blogs are probably better quality than newspapers are.

Just like with any other product, you have to show value to have a business; and
newspapers are not doing well at maintaining or communicating their value -
which ought to be high quality, reliable, news that presents the facts and both
sides of the coin (at least with respect to politics).

Too often, newspapers have gone to providing just one political slant (typically
liberal), and ignoring many facts as we have scene here on Groklaw.

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