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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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RE: Apple needs to die.
By Dirk88 on 8/1/2011 5:46:55 PM , Rating: -1
Ha, ha, ha... That article you link to, from the Phandroid tech blog masquerading as legitimate tech journalism, is quite wrong. The Nexus S NEVER MADE IT INTO SPACE.

The kids who did the Android phone experiment with NASA are UNDERGRADS at MIT. They are not astronauts or NASA employees... This is their little undergrad science project, albeit somewhat impressive. Furthermore, it never made it into space. The Atlantis had its last mission, and they used iPhones. No Android on the last and final shuttle flight. No more shuttles... NASA will be doing unmanned missions for the foreseeable future. With that knowledge, how are these undergrads going to remote control their SPHEREs with an Android smart phone? 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.

The quote you have about the Nexus S being certified to fly on the shuttle is correct, but it has not flown on the shuttle. Here is the article from NASA. See, they're just testing it (little 20-something undergrads, not full grown, fully educated astronauts) on the vomit comet.

Key quote: "the team built an "expansion port" into each satellite where additional sensors and appendages, such as cameras and wireless power transfer systems, could be added. This is how the Nexus S handset – the SPHERES' first smartphone upgrade – is going to be attached."

GOING TO BE ATTACHED... They haven't done it yet. The article is from a few days ago! The SPHEREs have been in space, but not with their Android smart phone counterpart. But yes, Phandroids are all about potential and not actual. Someday your ship will come in... But you know, due to the budget crisis (and Google suing the U.S. doesn't help), NASA is not flying shuttles anymore... Who knows if Android will ever make it into space, but hey, I will give them an honorable mention ribbon for being part of an undergraduate science project and being certified to be space worthy! Whoopee!!!

Once again iPhone is for professionals, and Android is for undergrad students, albeit very smart ones from MIT.

Here is the story about the iPhone app, that actually made it onto the space shuttle and was used by actual astronauts and scientists with actual doctorate degrees, not undergrad students, to track data and do experiments. They used the gyroscope, accelerometer, and other features, whereas the Droid devices were just remote controls for an experiment that never went into space...

Nice try, though. So the iPhone made it into space, but yeah, the Nexus S was certified for space travel first. Great accomplishment. Great show, awesome job!

That's probably why I heard about the NASA project with the iPhone, on NPR, PBS, and most other news outlets, and didn't hear a peep about the Droid phones, that were certified, but never made it into space. See, because that's not newsworthy unless you suffer from Phandroidboi tunnel vision... It was newsworthy enough to mention on the NASA site, but the media didn't give two shites about it...

Hey, I have a tempurpedic mattress. You don't see me bragging about space-worthiness. It too, never made it into space...

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.

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