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The Galaxy Tab 10.1 (right) is currently banned from sales in Australia, pending the result of Apple's lawsuit against Samsung. No reports of the iPad being banned have arrived yet.  (Source: Daily Mobile)

Apple CEO Steve Jobs has proudly admitted to "stealing" ideas from competitors, but argues that Android "steals" from his company's ideas and shouldn't be allowed to, legally.  (Source: Jim Wilson/The New York Times)
Company will repay Samsung for lost revenue if it loses the case

Apple, Inc. (AAPL) has scored a major victory in latest round of lawsuits [1][2] courtesy of a ban on Samsung Electronics Comp., Ltd.'s (SEO:005930) Australian Android tablet sales.  

Google Inc.'s (GOOG) Android platform is outselling the iPhone 2 to 1 and is growing at a faster pace than Apple.  So Apple is now trying to stifle its competitor with lawsuits.  It is currently suing all three [1][2][3] of the world's largest Android handset makers.

This week, Samsung agreed to cease sales and advertising of its Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia, pending the outcome of a suit Apple filed against it in Australian court.  The suit is one of many that Apple has filed against Samsung in international courts.  

Like the other suits, in this one Apple contends that Samsung "slavishly" worked to steal its intellectual property, including its patented iPad design -- a thin rectangular tablet with a glass screen and black bezel.  Apple also claims Samsung stole its touchscreen technology.  In all 10 of Apple's patents are cited as being infringed.

Steven Burley, a lawyer for Apple, says the ban on sales was necessary as Samsung made "announcements of an imminent launch of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 device ongoing since July 20."

So far Samsung has not made similar agreements in the North America, Europe, or Asia.  However, Apple is pursuing a preliminary injunction banning sales in these regions.

Samsung is countersuing Apple.  The company has one of the world's largest patent portfolios and holds more U.S. patents than Apple.  Thus some legal experts believe Apple may have picked an intellectual property fight with the wrong company.

Apple chief executive and co-founder, Steven P. Jobs has bragged about his mastery of stealing ideas from others, stating [video], "Picasso had a saying - 'Good artists copy, great artists steal.' And we have always been shameless about stealing great ideas." 

Mr. Jobs contends Android handset makers like Samsung, HTC, and Motorola should not be allowed to "steal" the iPad and iPhone's copyrighted look and designs.  

Critics have contended that Apple's patents are so broad that they cover every smart phone and tablet in existence today, as well as non-mobile devices like personal computers.

Apple has agreed to pay Samsung unspecified damages for lost sales, if it loses the case.  It is unclear if this agreement would cover lost sales in the case of a "draw" -- a scenario, which could occur if both companies win their respective lawsuits, forcing a cross-licensing agreement. 

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Apple needs to die.
By Motoman on 8/1/2011 1:57:54 PM , Rating: 2
Look at all you idiots. Yeah you...the ones with your iPods, iPhones, iCrap of all sorts. YOU are the reason we have to deal with this BS from Apple.

F%CKING STOP IT. Stop buying their f%cking piss-poor products at ridiculously elevated prices to try to purchase a personality for yourself.

Blame Apple, yes...but take a long look in the mirror, you Mactards. YOU are the reason that this keeps happening.

RE: Apple needs to die.
By Dirk88 on 8/1/11, Rating: -1
RE: Apple needs to die.
By Jeffk464 on 8/1/2011 3:19:55 PM , Rating: 2
No, we aren't jealous of iOS we would just like apple to stop trying to take our preferred platform off the market. If I remember right android was the first phone to offer free navigation through google maps, yeah really worthless app.

RE: Apple needs to die.
By AraH on 8/1/2011 4:51:09 PM , Rating: 2
Even NASA prefers the iPhone, and they even brought one into space, developed an iOS app for it, and used it in experiements. Of course they wouldn't bring some brick-prone Droid device up in space and have to reboot it several times...

NASA begs to differ.

in case you don't feel like reading, here's the gist of it:
MIT built the SPHERE robots to connect with the Nexus S Android-powered smartphone, which makes it the first commercial smartphone certified for use in space certified by NASA. (Note: the recent shuttle mission also carried two iPhone 4 handsets for the crew).

there are 3 sphere robots, hence at least 3 Nexus S's (i assume, no actual numbers)

RE: Apple needs to die.
By Dirk88 on 8/1/11, Rating: -1
RE: Apple needs to die.
By AraH on 8/2/2011 3:11:58 AM , Rating: 1

i guess it could be read both ways (but you'd know how i read it and i know how you'd read it), but it's sure as hell happening sooner or later and that's quite undeniable. in larger quantities. doing cooler things.

and btw:
You think the wifi or 4g is gonna work across a few hundred thousand miles of space? Nope. They will do some playing around on the vomit comet.

has a pretty response:
All laptops aboard the ISS are connected to the station's WLAN via WiFi and are connected to the ground at 3 Mbit/s up and 10 Mbit/s down, comparable to home DSL connection speeds.

that's actually better than my internet.

RE: Apple needs to die.
By Jeffk464 on 8/1/2011 9:39:48 PM , Rating: 2
They probably didn't want to spend the time writing an app only to have Steve Jobs deny it.

RE: Apple needs to die.
By Omega215D on 8/2/2011 3:14:03 AM , Rating: 2
They also have plenty of ThinkPads up there running Windows and Linux.

RE: Apple needs to die.
By Tony Swash on 8/1/11, Rating: -1
RE: Apple needs to die.
By Alexstarfire on 8/1/2011 3:07:29 PM , Rating: 1
I actually took a look at that last link you posted cause I was wondering what kind of criteria they were using and I noticed several things.

First off, iOS isn't even listed. Not important when it comes to how "closed" Android is, but how open or closed Android is has no bearing on the openness of iOS either.

Secondly, 1 of the 4 on there is going to go against any commercial product. I only really mention that because it compares Android/Symbian/Meego to things like Linux. Obviously the community won't have a direct impact on the development of a commercial product. And the source code bit can go a couple ways with something like Android. If they mean the source code straight from Google then that's fine and fair, but they could also mean the source code for pretty much each individual handset (since most are forked off from stock Android) and that's just kinda crap. It does suck either way though.

Thirdly, while Android was certainly the most "closed" project based on governance I fail to see how that has anything to do with what consumers can do with the product. Governance seems to deal more with how others can contribute to the actual development of the platform and if something like Android is so low then iOS must be abysmal since the only way the developers contribute is when Apple decides to steal their ideas/implementations. It would be interesting to see what iOS would score on this scale... but if they ever rated it I doubt you'd post a link to it.

The article doesn't say how things are weighted as I don't each criteria had equal weight. Might be in the full report but I didn't read it.

The TL;DR version of my post is that the article has very little to do with the consumer side and a lot to do with the development side.

RE: Apple needs to die.
By Tony Swash on 8/1/11, Rating: -1
RE: Apple needs to die.
By Dirk88 on 8/1/11, Rating: -1
RE: Apple needs to die.
By Jeffk464 on 8/1/2011 3:42:20 PM , Rating: 3
"I have to pay a little more for something that's better"
Show me a dual core LTE iphone on verizon, how can you say they are better? Apple products are always trailing the competition because of their slow product cycle. Sure they put the hardware in a pretty case but its almost always trailing the competition.

P.S. windows 8 might turn out to be a good tablet OS so this whole argument might be moot.

RE: Apple needs to die.
By Dirk88 on 8/1/11, Rating: -1
RE: Apple needs to die.
By scottslc on 8/1/2011 8:20:53 PM , Rating: 3
I'm amazed at how much you put into your reply. Do you have all this time to write because your iphone/ipad/airmac is so much more efficient and windows and android? If only tmobile had the iphone, I could be smart too.

RE: Apple needs to die.
By B3an on 8/1/2011 8:31:42 PM , Rating: 2
..Wow. You're just f**king sad. LOL.

All you're doing is providing lolz for everyone else, as they can see how warped and truly retarded you iSheep are. You're pathetic on a whole new level.

Keep it up.

RE: Apple needs to die.
By wired00 on 8/2/2011 1:00:58 AM , Rating: 2
I AM developer of both android and iOS and you sir are terrible.

RE: Apple needs to die.
By kmmatney on 8/2/2011 12:38:10 AM , Rating: 2
Sorry dude, I'm going to buy whatever product works best or me, and for phones and tablets, it's Apple. You can hardly call the iPad overpriced when it's the same or cheaper than most of the competition.

RE: Apple needs to die.
By Pirks on 8/2/2011 4:07:49 PM , Rating: 1
YOU are the reason we have to deal with this BS from Apple.
Sorry to hear Jobs raped your mom and gf again, shit on your carpet and shot your horse. Wanna stop this? Just ignore Mick's posts about Apple. Jobs will stop raping your ass immediately. 100% guaranteed recipe. Immediate relief for all ya Apple pain and sorrow :P
YOU are the reason that this keeps happening
Yes, yes, I know, Mick is the reason, just keep calm, stop reading his posts and your anal pain and suffering will go away. I promise!

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