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Podcast: Will Apple's lawsuit against HTC halt Android's momentum?

Apple is throwing a body blow at Android by suing HTC over patent infringement. Learn what's at stake and what to watch for as the case unfolds.

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Apple is throwing a body blow at Android by suing HTC over patent infringement. Learn what's at stake and what to watch for as the case unfolds.

The Big Question is a joint production from ZDNet and TechRepublic that I co-host with ZDNet Editor in Chief Larry Dignan.

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29 comments
jeff.mott
jeff.mott

I see a article titled "Will Apple's lawsuit against HTC halt Androids momentum?", so I click the link "Read more" and yet there's nothing more to read. What's up with that? Talk about lacking content, if the articles on TR are this empty, I'll get my news elsewhere.

g0dFather
g0dFather

Steve Jobs, 1996: "Good artists copy, great artists steal" www dot youtube dot com/watch?v=CW0DUg63lqU How funny when the shoe is on the other foot...

charliebach
charliebach

Having purchased the HTC HERO i am a bit concerned as to the outcome of this fiasco however i am old enough to remember a very similar law suit between Polaroid and Kodak, where Polaroid sued Kodak for Patent infringement on the instamatic cameras where the patent for Photographic Developing technique was the issue. The result was that Kodak had to recall all of their cameras and give a full refund and yeah you've guessed it - i had bought one of these too"" So as long as i am refunded the full cost of my android i wont be complaining, but it is frightening that Apple have so much power-not a good thing me thinks!!

avintel
avintel

good topic, but 15 minutes too long cause all they do is repeat themselves. learn to talk quickly, detail or summarize but quick repeating. also, it would be nice if you bring up a situation 10 times, to add some details to it such as: how each company counter sues because they have patents; you should have added a fact about how many patents each company holds or some other interesting Afactoid.

skf
skf

Do we care? Apple copied the mouse from Xerox.

pkrouse
pkrouse

Each and every (*)-cast should have one. C'mon, transcripts are cool!

thegreenwizard1
thegreenwizard1

I think every body has enough own troubles. So why worrying for multi billions businesses. If their CEO want to play lawyers' game, just leave them.

wjvelasquez
wjvelasquez

- Apple steal the patent of the screen. - The multitouch come out first in Microsoft Surface - Apple steal a several patents of nokia well apple is a thief

jpotter
jpotter

I think I would rather read about it. Let me know when the transcripts are available.

cellerd
cellerd

I do not watch podcasts. Give me something to read, if I want TV, I will watch TV.

lee
lee

Well, search said it wasn't ready with the content so all that was available were the comments. Interesting opinions but if there'd been a transcript I could have read what the comments were based on.

saghaulor
saghaulor

Some of us rather enjoy the idea of an open platform for technology that has become woven into the fabric of our life. Some of us are long since tired of being pushed around and having to always deal with key technologies on giant corporations' terms, and not our own, namely, the paying customer. So, the thought of something as beautiful as Android being stopped because a Apple doesn't like competition, well that's disturbing.

edh1215
edh1215

Apple PURCHASED the touch screen technology Everyone always throws out the word "steal" when it comes to Apple or MS. MS and Apple buy companies that have techonology they want or they straight out buy the technology. It's called business...

Lazarus439
Lazarus439

My eyes work a lot better than my ears - and don't disturb my office neighbors. This is, at least largely a business oriented venue, and I doubt many of it inhabitants have private offices.

dfruk
dfruk

The only ones pushing this are the greedy lawyers Apple suing Android, Nokia suing Apple, Apple suing everyone killing thousands of apps just because they can. But the worst is we are paying a lot for their gadgets made for pennies in the Far East whilst they close our industries. Before long this house of cards will collapse as nobody will be working and earning to buy the goods and pay the greedy shareholders their dividends.

parnote
parnote

... where are the transcripts?????

MWatch
MWatch

17 MINUTES. NEVER. I can scan in a tenth that time. I see this concern every time you push video/audio only. Do you ever listen, sorry, READ them.

vucliriel
vucliriel

In this day and age it's considered normal to even allow such frivolity to go an. I mean, if you look at the epidemic numbers of lawsuits in the past few years, ask yourself the question WHO really benefits from them? Certainly NOT the consumer and NOT the corporations. But look how fat the lawyers have become. There are so numerous now in our society they are managing to paralyze it. Modern Litigious Law is a Disease that paralyzes freedom and WILL bring down modern western societies that blindly live by its credo not realizing the "Rule of Law" has become the "Rule of Lawyers", especially the US. Mark my words.

bhcompy
bhcompy

The reeks of what Creative did to Aureal, essentially using false/frivolous litigation in order to force the smaller company to throw all their money in to court to kill them. Aureal is very similar to HTC, being small yet on the top of innovation in their market, and what Creative did to Aureal has totally stifled innovation in the consumer PC audio hardware segment in the decade or so since that occurred. We really need to hope that nothing much comes of this, because the big phone manufacturers aren't pushing the envelope in the phone market and consistently releasing top performers like HTC consistently does.

matthew.sanaker
matthew.sanaker

The lawsuits are ridiculous. I'm no lawyer, so I have no idea what will stand up in court . . . If HTC didn't actually steal Apple's hardware or software, then it's ridiculous. If they just found a way to implement the same features, then good for HTC, they've seen what sells and they're producing it. Apple should see that copying their UI's features is a compliment to their designers. Apple should spend their money creating more innovation, stay one step ahead and let the pack follow.

3dBloke
3dBloke

Listening to the podcast, and in other reports on ZDnet and Tech Republic, what I hear again and again is the very USA-focussed viewpoint. Talk about US mobile carriers is of little interest to the rest of the world. On the podcast itself... too much waffle. Not fully focussed on the topic.

boweb
boweb

Don't like Google all that much anymore, and the so called 'Opensource' strategy from Google is an abomination, especial from an company that has billions to back it up. How does this Opensource come to play here? Google( and the folks there) isn't an small player anymore, its an mastadont that needs more, and more and more.. 1990's MS all over again

ARAHIGIHS
ARAHIGIHS

Rather than focusing on Health Care, the government should focus on something that it does have control over and fix the legal system in relation to the frivilous lawsuits. Especially the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. What a joke.

stevebuck
stevebuck

Apple has always been a follower, not an original inventor. They didn't invent the GUI (Xerox did) like so many Apple supporters would have you think. Their OSX kernel is a modified FreeBSD kernel. The iPhone is a very late comer to the smart phone market (I still have a working HTC Magician that was released in January 2005. Tell me, where was Apple then?). Almost all mobile phone vendors released smart phones before Apple. Apple did not invent the touch screen, or capacitive touch screen. To claim patent for a touch screen user interface is totally arrogant of Apple. I hope this really blows up in their face with negative press.

User3D
User3D

Apple should see that copying their UI's features is a compliment to their designers. Apple should spend their money creating more innovation, stay one step ahead and let the pack follow. Beat the competetion with innovation. When the iPhone came out, I remember reading: "what is Apple doing in the phone business?" Very interesting developments, Can't wait to see the next generation.

jasonhiner
jasonhiner

We do regularly add some global perspective to a lot of these podcasts. Of course, when the discussion gets into wireless carriers it tends to turn local pretty quickly.

matthew.sanaker
matthew.sanaker

So I would agree that Google is not a small player and they can push markets with their weight and in that way they resemble Microsoft in their tactics. I'll also concede that "Open source" as a marketing strategy can sometimes feel like populist posturing. The billionaire is just attempting to look like a a regular guy next door. The difference between open source and closed source is the level of technical transparency and your rights to use the software. If somebody releases software with open source and you want to extend it or modify it, or just fix a bug, you can do that. If the original company stops supporting it and you want to keep using it; if you can read and maintain the code base, then you can keep using it. If the owner changes their implementation and you think that the project should move in another direction, you can create a fork. If a closed source product has a bug, changes implementation, or goes unsupported you have no options but to wait for a fix, follow the owners direction or change products. I'm being general and thinking GPL, but I just felt compelled to make the distinction between business and technology here.

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