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  • The breakdown of Apple's (AAPL) iOS Maps partnership with Google (GOOG) centered around turn-by-turn navigation, sources (possibly within Apple) tell AllThingsD's John Paczkowski. Apple pushed Google to provide data that would enable turn-by-turn, but Google was unwilling, at least without in-app branding and/or support for other Google features. One source suggests Apple execs have been taken aback by the Maps uproar. "I think they felt they were farther along than they actually are." (more[View news story]
    You reap what you sow. I think in solidarity with Samsung and other Android developers, Google should not enter into any partnership with Apple and instead launch a frivolous patent lawsuit claiming Apple stole their idea of Maps. And I don't mean the app Maps, I mean the concept of maps on a phone. That seems more innovative and relevant than rounded corner design patent.
    Sep 26, 2012. 05:03 PM | 7 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple (AAPL) wants Judge Koh to award another $707M in damages from Samsung (SSNLF.PK) on top of the $1.05B a San Jose jury awarded the company last month, as well as a permanent ban on 26 Samsung smartphones (it was previously looking for just 8) and 3 tablets come Dec. 6. Samsung wants a re-trial, alleging the time constraints of the California trial "prevented Samsung from presenting a full and fair case." Neither side will be giving its patent lawyers a break anytime soon. [View news story]
    Breaking stupid rules does not make you a thief.
    Sep 23, 2012. 06:16 PM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple (AAPL) wants Judge Koh to award another $707M in damages from Samsung (SSNLF.PK) on top of the $1.05B a San Jose jury awarded the company last month, as well as a permanent ban on 26 Samsung smartphones (it was previously looking for just 8) and 3 tablets come Dec. 6. Samsung wants a re-trial, alleging the time constraints of the California trial "prevented Samsung from presenting a full and fair case." Neither side will be giving its patent lawyers a break anytime soon. [View news story]
    A Panasonic TV looks almost exactly the same as a Samsung TV and as a Vizio TV. Yet, you don't see those three suing each other because they are infringing on each other's "trade dress".

    This is absurd. These claims are absurd. How did we go 200+ years without any such lawsuits? Did it hurt innovation back then? On the contrary, not having to worry about infringing on someone's "trade dress" and other absurd legalese terms facilitated innovation. And now we have a plethora of these lawsuits.

    Companies are spending more resources and money hiring lawyers to fight lawsuits than actually innovating.
    Sep 23, 2012. 04:55 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple (AAPL) wants Judge Koh to award another $707M in damages from Samsung (SSNLF.PK) on top of the $1.05B a San Jose jury awarded the company last month, as well as a permanent ban on 26 Samsung smartphones (it was previously looking for just 8) and 3 tablets come Dec. 6. Samsung wants a re-trial, alleging the time constraints of the California trial "prevented Samsung from presenting a full and fair case." Neither side will be giving its patent lawyers a break anytime soon. [View news story]
    How come no one realizes that it's the patent system that is at fault. If you can press over $1 Billion patent infringement on absurd things as "rounded corner rectangle design" there is something wrong the system.

    Apple is taking full advantage of it. Apple wins. We all lose since no one else is allowed to develop a device with rounded corners except Apple.
    Sep 23, 2012. 02:38 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple (AAPL) wants Judge Koh to award another $707M in damages from Samsung (SSNLF.PK) on top of the $1.05B a San Jose jury awarded the company last month, as well as a permanent ban on 26 Samsung smartphones (it was previously looking for just 8) and 3 tablets come Dec. 6. Samsung wants a re-trial, alleging the time constraints of the California trial "prevented Samsung from presenting a full and fair case." Neither side will be giving its patent lawyers a break anytime soon. [View news story]
    Yes, I am sure it took a lot of R&D and innovation to come up with a rounded corner design.

    All TVs are square, how come we didn't grant a monopoly to square TVs to the first company that come out with one? Maybe because back then we had some common sense. Now we are a dumb, stupid and pathetic country whose time is slowly passing by. This court case is just the latest example.
    Sep 23, 2012. 02:36 AM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Egan-Jones downgrades its U.S. debt rating to AA- from AA. "Some market observers contend that a country issuing debt in its own currency can never default since it can simply print," but Reinhart and Rogoff show 70 out of 320 defaults since 1800 have been on local currency public debt. [View news story]
    Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaawnnnnnn. WHO CARES?? Do track records matter at all anymore? Does anyone even remember that all these rating agencies gave AAA ratings to all the subprime MBSs?? No? Well, there is your reminder.

    Nothing to see here. Seriously, really nothing.
    Sep 15, 2012. 12:26 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • More FOMC: A closer look reveals the true dovish nature of the statement: "If the labor market does not improve substantially, the Committee will continue its purchases of agency MBS, undertake additional asset purchases, and employ its other policy tools as appropriate ... a highly accommodative stance of monetary policy will remain appropriate for a considerable time after the economic recovery strengthens." Gold +1% to $1,749. [View news story]
    There is some truth to that. But it is necessary now and it is working.
    Sep 13, 2012. 01:10 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • More FOMC: A closer look reveals the true dovish nature of the statement: "If the labor market does not improve substantially, the Committee will continue its purchases of agency MBS, undertake additional asset purchases, and employ its other policy tools as appropriate ... a highly accommodative stance of monetary policy will remain appropriate for a considerable time after the economic recovery strengthens." Gold +1% to $1,749. [View news story]
    Great move. It will prove itself in a couple of month when we start seeeing job growth above 200K.
    Sep 13, 2012. 12:58 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Market preview: U.S. stock futures are lower ahead of the FOMC's policy announcement later, when the Fed is expected to unveil more stimulus, if not QE3 itself. Is it a case of buy the rumor and sell the news before the news has been made? The S&P benchmark is -0.1%. Later: Consumer comfort, Fed's Sarah Raskin [View news story]
    Someone in government has to decide how much money to print. Even if there was a gold standard, that would be a government intervention in the monetary supply.
    Sep 13, 2012. 12:32 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Complying with tighter fracking regulations on federal lands will cost $253,839 per well, says EOG Resources (EOG), Wyoming and Utah, citing a study from John Dunham & Associates. That's well above the $11,833 that the Bureau of Land Management estimates, and would cost natural gas producers a total of $1.5B-$1.62B a year. [View news story]
    The problem is Andrew, and the reason that I don't think you understand supply & demand, is that once your side is successful in banning fracking, you will be the FIRST ONES complaining about soaring natural gas prices and consequently home heating prices. And you won't blame your actions, you will blame the evil natural gas companies.
    Sep 10, 2012. 11:49 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Complying with tighter fracking regulations on federal lands will cost $253,839 per well, says EOG Resources (EOG), Wyoming and Utah, citing a study from John Dunham & Associates. That's well above the $11,833 that the Bureau of Land Management estimates, and would cost natural gas producers a total of $1.5B-$1.62B a year. [View news story]
    Let's stop all gas & oil drilling. You'll have clean water and we'll return to the Dark Ages.
    Sep 10, 2012. 01:54 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Complying with tighter fracking regulations on federal lands will cost $253,839 per well, says EOG Resources (EOG), Wyoming and Utah, citing a study from John Dunham & Associates. That's well above the $11,833 that the Bureau of Land Management estimates, and would cost natural gas producers a total of $1.5B-$1.62B a year. [View news story]
    Andrew,

    You have a complete lack of understanding of economics. If the wells did cost $100 million per well, there would be no wells. There would be no natural gas from the wells. And you would be complaining why natural gas is so expensive and blaming it on the greediness of the gas companies.

    Seriously, learn supply & demand. If you block supply, you increase price. It's a very simple concept. Accept it.
    Sep 10, 2012. 01:11 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Complying with tighter fracking regulations on federal lands will cost $253,839 per well, says EOG Resources (EOG), Wyoming and Utah, citing a study from John Dunham & Associates. That's well above the $11,833 that the Bureau of Land Management estimates, and would cost natural gas producers a total of $1.5B-$1.62B a year. [View news story]
    Fine, you can claim that without much evidence. But America will no longer be a high growth country. In the past, we built and did things and in the process, yes sometimes safety was compromised. But first and most important for all of us was getting done.
    http://bit.ly/QycNFz

    Now, our top priority is safety and caution. The innovations that came about during the Industrial Revolution would, I believe, be illegal today. A tin box going at crazy speeds with humans inside for transportation purposes????? LAW SUIT!!!! A gas piped into people's homes for heating and cooking that is combustible?? NEVER!!!

    The interesting thing Andrew Mann is that you are the one short-sighted. People 300 years ago had no drilling and no pesticides and everything was "natural". They saved a LOT in healthcare costs. Because they all died at age 50. Don't worry, we are not going back to that, but we will basically be stuck where we are for a long time.

    New innovations will be made in countries willing to take the risk. China is obviously one that comes to mind.
    Sep 10, 2012. 12:26 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Looks like a release from the SPR may be coming: The Obama administration reportedly conferred with outside oil market experts yesterday, as government officials expressed concern about rising crude prices. SPR talk began in earnest as Hurricane Isaac shut Gulf of Mexico platforms and refineries, helping boost prices; 36% of Gulf oil production remains closed[View news story]
    @azblackbird,

    I don't have to prove anything. I am just looking at the thermometer, seeing its a 100 degrees outside and saying "It must be hot out today". It's you who must prove that the thermometer is in on some conspiracy.
    Sep 8, 2012. 04:59 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Looks like a release from the SPR may be coming: The Obama administration reportedly conferred with outside oil market experts yesterday, as government officials expressed concern about rising crude prices. SPR talk began in earnest as Hurricane Isaac shut Gulf of Mexico platforms and refineries, helping boost prices; 36% of Gulf oil production remains closed[View news story]
    You just took a dump on 400 years of economic knowledge. Or more specifically, you expressed the law of demand but you forgot about the law of supply.

    There maybe people out there willing to pay $100 for an apple, but why does it sell for $2 a pound. Because at $100 an apple, the supplier couldn't sell all of their supply, EVEN THOUGH some "sheeple" are WILLING to pay $100 an apple.

    There maybe people willing to pay $200/barrel now. In fact, I am sure there are. But it only sells for $100, because at $200 all the supply won't clear.

    Yes, I am teaching you the law of supply and demand. Don't worry. You are not alone in your ignorance.
    Sep 8, 2012. 01:50 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
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