From a U.K. court ruling today that Samsung’s Galaxy Tablets do not infringe Apple’s design patents describing the shape of the iPad:
Samsung products are very thin, almost insubstantial members of that family with unusual details on the back. They do not have the same understated and extreme simplicity which is possessed by the Apple design. They are not as cool. The overall impression produced is different.
via Samsung tablets not ‘cool’ enough to infringe Apple design, says UK judge – Computerworld.
I have had my share of run-ins with my cable and internet providers over the years. Our cable company in Washington, DC (I think it was Cablevision) probably takes the prize for Worst. CableCompany. Ever. With numerous missed appointments and other screw ups, the franchise obviously took its cues from the Marion Barry administration, which had led the District to incredible depths of dysfunction by the mid-1990s. That’s not to say, however, that I have held DirecTV, Comcast or Qwest in much higher regard.
I’m generally not one to forget a major anniversary when it comes to Apple. (Please don’t ask my wife about how I am with other anniversaries, though.) But it appears that during my recent house-hunting excursion to Santiago, I missed the five-year anniversary of Steve Job’s announcement of the iPhone during his January 9, 2007 Macworld keynote.
I remember that “Stevenote” well, though not so much because of the iPhone announcement. Rather, it was the moment that I and the other members of the plaintiffs’ trial team in the Iowa Microsoft litigation (Comes v. Microsoft Corp.) briefly and ever so slightly influenced the famous Reality Distortion Field.