In an open letter to the world today, Google Senior Vice President and Chief Legal Officer David Drummond decided to take a few moments and explain to all of us "what's happening" with regard to Apple, Microsoft, Android, how patents work, a free market economy, and the future of smartphones.
Drummond went to the mat early and often, reiterating the claim that 550,000 Android devices are activated every day, but then stating that this success has spawned "a hostile, organized campaign against Android by Microsoft, Oracle, Apple and other companies, waged through bogus patents."
US and Canadian courts clear the way for Apple and gang to buy patent portfolio from Nortel and continue ongoing intellectual property wars. Now that court approval is out of the way, the sale is expected to be finalized in about a month, with the money being distributed to creditors of Nortel.
The word seems to be refresh, reloaded, ready to roll. Stock shortages, sales shrinkage, all of the rumor mongering, off the predictions aiming us for updates and refreshes of current models with new and amazing features. The Top Ten Hottest Apple news stories this week is filled with expectations, and some of them will melt your face off. Hail to the King, baby!
There’s been a lot of chatter in recent days about Nortel’s auction for its more than 6,000 patents and patent applications, with Apple one of the interested parties. With the auction now closed for $4.5 billion, the winner has been revealed -- and it’s a consortium of six tech companies, including Apple.
While the rumor mills never sleep and constantly churn out new Apple stories, especially as we get closer and closer to release dates, there comes a time when the same story shows up everywhere and becomes conventional wisdom. Are we at that point with the iPhone 5? It kinda feels like it, so here's some news about your soon-to-be favorite new handset and more in the hottest Apple stories we've touched this week.
The Antitrust Division of the Justice Department has approved Apple's request to participate in an auction against Google for an estimated $900 million of intellectual property from bankrupt Nortel Networks Corp. While this ruling lets Apple in the door to the private auction, the Antitrust Division will continue to review any anticompetitive issue that may arise should Apple win.