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Apple gets smacked down again

Apple is on the warpath when it comes to protecting its two biggest moneymakers: the iPhone and the iPad. Samsung has been Apple's favorite punching bag [1][2][3][4] [5], but Motorola has seen its fair share of attention from Apple as well. Now Motorola can add another victory to its tally in the fight against Apple.
An Administrative Law Judge for the U.S. International Trade Commission found that Motorola's Droid family doesn't infringe upon the following three Apple patents:
U.S. Patent No. 7,812,828 [Ellipse fitting for multi-touch surfaces]
U.S. Patent No. 7,663,607 [Multipoint touchscreen]
U.S. Patent No. 5,379,430 [Object-oriented system locator system]

Not surprisingly, Motorola was quite pleased with the ruling and released the following statement:
We are pleased with today’s favorable outcome for Motorola Mobility. Motorola Mobility has worked hard over the years to develop technology and build an industry-leading intellectual property portfolio. We are proud to leverage this broad and deep portfolio to create differentiated innovations that enhance the user experience.
Apple could not be reached for comment.

Sources: CNET, U.S. ITC

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By TakinYourPoints on 1/18/2012 8:50:03 PM , Rating: 2
One other thing to note is that enterprise deployment has a huge impact on business apps. Android development has flatlined over 2011 while iOS has continued to increase.

So to go over your list:

Better phones? - Unless you need a big screen or keyboard, certainly. They are the fastest for sure.
Better platform? - Better developer support, so absolutely.
Open platform? - I don't care. I use Windows, a closed opertating system that I am very happy with. All the people tooting Android being open should abandon MS and load Ubuntu, or they should STFU.
Cheaper? - Doesn't matter. The best Android handsets cost as much as or more than the best iPhone, and I don't care about the cheap ones. As for saving $100 on a Honeycomb/ICS tablet, I again don't care given that the iPad has faster hardware and better apps.


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