Sep 072011

Before today, the legal battle between Apple and HTC was beginning to look more like the few seconds right before Ivan Drago punched Apollo Creed to death in Rocky IV. Apple already had 2 of the patents it filed in 2010 upheld by an International Trade Commission Administrative Law Judge. The patents, which appeared to be fundamental not just to HTC’s phones but Android itself, was on track for a final Commission decision by the end of the year. Apple also has other ITC complaints, as well as a couple of Federal lawsuits filed for good measure.

But look who showed up to the party! A month after their Chief Legal Officer bawled about how evil patents are, none other than Google has apparently just sold a number of patents to HTC, patents which are now being leveled in a countersuit against Apple. Are these the patents Google obtained with the creation of Android – through the innovative crafting of a bold new mobile OS? Of course not. They’re patents that have been passed around more than herpes at Burning Man, cobbled together for the express purpose of attempting to bail HTC’s sorry ass out of the fryer for using Google’s iOS knock-off.

I have zero doubt that Google will present this as a counterpunch to Apple’s litigious assault on Android. That would explain why all of Apple’s patents are filed by them, whereas the trail of Google’s relationship to its IP reads like my relationship to George Washington.

Speaking of patchy, hasn’t there been a patent troll threatening the livelihood of Android developers for like a year? Guess the calvary only arrives for the companies with the resources. Developers would do well to remember that the next time they think of porting their next iOS hit app to Android.

 Posted by at 10:24 pm
Sep 072011

Challenge: find all 29 ridiculous things about this photo

In what has become one of those “not if but when” events in tech, Yahoo CEO Carol “drop-kick you to fucking Mars” Bartz got axed. I’m not going to dwell on the things she didn’t do, like most people editorializing this story are – people who probably haven’t had 10 people reporting to them let alone more than 10,000. My beef is how she left – via an email to her staff:

To all,

I am very sad to tell you that I’ve just been fired over the phone by Yahoo’s Chairman of the Board. It has been my pleasure to work with all of you and I wish you only the best going forward.


Sent from my iPad

There’s a couple things wrong with this. First of all, while I’m sure Apple appreciates the free product placement, you don’t whip out an email to your staff prior to an official announcement. Second, saying you were “fired over the phone” is a pissy description that only re-enforces the image of you banging this thing out in mid-tantrum. Lastly, the content is as vapid as the leadership critics say you’ve shown during your tenure. “It has been my pleasure to work with all of you and I wish you only the best going forward.”? If you’re going to blow decorum and fire off a company-wide email about your leaving, take 20 minutes to say something meaningful. One thing.

It’s a good thing Bartz spiked a $47 million payday in 2009, because I don’t think you’ll be hearing much from her in the future.

 Posted by at 10:23 am
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