Buzz Out Loud 1533: Happy 8,000,000th patent! (Podcast)
We celebrate the patent wars with Zynga while Google's stock gets downgraded. TV Studios think its a good idea to pull back their content on the Web and if you've ever faked a phone call on your cell phone, you're not the only one.
Molly WoodFormer Executive Editor
Molly Wood was an executive editor at CNET, author of the Molly Rants blog, and host of the tech show, Always On. When she's not enraging fanboys of all stripes, she can be found offering tech opinions on CBS and elsewhere, and offering opinions on everything else to anyone who will listen.
Brandon from OHIO has a bone to pick with Tech Pundits
Well, I think you guys should know about this. I’m a huge football fan
(soccer) and I follow the English and Spanish leagues, Barclays Premier League and La Liga, very closely. I don’t have a Facebook account b/c I think Zuck is a D-Bag. But this may tempt me enough to get one. http://soccernet.espn.go.com/news/story/_/id/944885/facebook-to-stream-first-fa-cup-clash-live?cc=5901
If they keep streaming events that I can’t see anywhere else, I may ditch cable and get an FB account. But I hope this encourages Google+ to follow suit.
As awful and impeding as this patent-storm has been, I think somebody needs to play devil’s advocate here, and single out Apple versus Samsung. It’s easy to dismiss any and all of these patent lawsuits, but there are some which may in fact have some merit. Ever since the articles started appearing around April, showing comparative photos of the Samsung Galaxy S versus the iPhone 3GS, my opinion has been that Apple actually has a point with this one. The two lines of devices are so similar that it’s hard to believe that the Galaxy line was truly “”designed originally from the ground up”" by Samsung. What’s even more funny is the fact that Samsung has carved for themselves an identity as a kind of “”anti-Apple”" line, and YET…no other competitor draws more “”inspiration”" (let’s call it that) from the iOS devices than Galaxy. So which is it? Anti-Apple or Pseudo-Apple?
Anyway, all this is to illustrate the point that while the vast majority of patent lawsuits are pointless cash grabs and nothing more, we can’t deny the validity of at least a small handful of claims. While the notion of blocking sales throughout Europe may be a bit extreme, Samsung needs to admit that it drew maybe a bit too much inspiration from the iOS devices, so we can finally put this issue to rest.
– Alex from Ottawa, Canada
Hi BOL. While there is a ton of hype surrounding the new iPhone, I’m wondering about what apple will do with the iPod. I hope that they would have some special event surrounding the 10th birthday of the iPod. November 10th 2001, released http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ipod