- Adage reports that Apple scored a clear victory in its patent dispute with Samsung Electronics Friday, increasing pressure on smartphone makers around the world to create handsets that stand apart from the iPhone and deliver more choices for consumers in a $219.1 billion market. Apple claimed that South Korea-based Samsung infringed four design patents and three software patents in copying the iPhone and iPad. Jurors found infringement by all 21 Samsung devices that Apple claimed had copied its so-called rubberbanding technology, the way an iPad or iPhone screen seems to bounce when a user scrolls to the end of a file.
- The verdict strengthens Apple’s hand as it seeks to discourage Samsung and competitors such as HTC and LG from making devices that mimic the iPhone. While it’s a blow to efforts by Samsung and its software partner Google Inc. to challenge Apple in smartphones, the outcome will probably mean a broader range of devices and more options for consumers as rivals seek to avoid costly legal tussles, said Carl Howe, an analyst at Yankee Group.
- “This is a big win for Apple,” said Mr. Howe. “It’s good for innovation. It says that if you create something new, others can’t just piggyback on it. From a competition point of view, it says create your own stuff. It says copying is not OK.” The verdict also hands a defeat to Google, which may need to scale back or change features of Android, said Kevin Rivette, founder of 3LP Advisors LLC and former VP-intellectual property strategy for International Business Machines Corp. “Google is in a position that it didn’t want to be in,” he said.
A recent chart published by Business Insider details the findings of an internal Apple study from 2011. Apple wanted to know why people chose Android instead of iPhones, and the number one reason: people didn’t want to leave their wireless carrier.
This makes sense. It’s a hassle to switch carriers. There’s paperwork and awkward “it’s not me, it’s you” phone calls involved, and if you’re on a family plan, then everyone has to get new phones, and who wants to spend that kind of money?
In any case, the data came out during the Samsung-Apple patent trial. It suggests that, had Apple expanded its service to include all carriers (at the very least, more than just AT&T), the Android might not have become as popular in the United States. Ouch.
Back in 2011, Verizon, Sprint, and T-Mobile wanted to get into the cool smartphone action, and Google capitalized on that opportunity. Interestingly, the second-highest reason people chose Android phones is a sense of trust in the Google brand.
Privacy is one of the biggest issues most people have with Facebook. Between check-ins, tags, and public permissions, it’s difficult to keep track of what’s being shared about you online. And when it comes to photos, Facebook’s deletion policy meant that your photo would be removed from its album, but not from the website’s servers.
So, if anyone was savvy enough to nab the direct URL to your unwanted photo, it’d still be floating around cyberspace until the next office Christmas party. Until now! Facebook is changing its tune and will now permanently delete photos from its servers. So, if you want to delete something from your profile, it’s really, really gone now.
Unless anyone nabbed a screenshot of the photo, in which case, you’re out of luck.
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