AnalogSenses

By ÁLVARO SERRANO

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How Apple Led The High-Stakes Patent Poker Win Against Google →

July 11, 2011 |

TechCrunch:

If you’ve seen Casino Royale (the remake, not the original campy version), you’ll recall the scene where James Bond loses all his money attempting to call what he believes to be a Le Chiffre bluff. He is forced to exit the game, but then Felix Leiter, the CIA operative also in the game, tells Bond he’ll stake him since he’s clearly the stronger player. Again, that’s more or less what Apple did with this maneuver to Google’s Le Chiffre.

Great piece explaining the bidding process for Nortel’s patent portfolio, which includes over 6,000 patents spanning mobile and wireless innovation. The bidding war ultimately ended with Google as the big loser, beaten by an unlikely alliance formed by Apple, RIM, EMC, Ericsson, Sony and Microsoft.

For the average consumer, it’s easy to forget that the mobile computing industry is a fierce battle that’s not only being fought with great products, but also with plenty of backstabbings, backdoor deals and odd partnerships.

The phrase “the enemy of my enemy…” seems appropriate. Also, the poker analogy throughout the article and the James Bond references are pretty cool.

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July 5th

July 05, 2011

1:05 am, July 5th. Which makes me 28 years old.

And here I am, feeling better than ever. It’s still very true, mind you, the best is yet to come.

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Love Your Creation →

July 04, 2011 |

Josh Lewis:

We learn how to create by taking in the creations of others. We learn how to shape an experience for someone else by having experiences of our own. So, you want to know how to make someone weep for joy? Have someone make you weep for joy.

Fantastic read. There is so much to take in from here, that it would be a crime to spoil it. Trust me, go read it. Now.

With my thanks to Christian Sheehan, who spotted it first.

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Quote of the Day →

June 13, 2011 |

Never explain–your friends do not need it and your enemies will not believe you anyway.

Elbert Hubbard (1856 - 1915)US author.

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Quote of the Day →

June 09, 2011 |

Luck is what you have left over after you give 100 percent.

Langston Coleman.

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iTunes Match will not be available outside the U.S. →

June 09, 2011 |

Ars:

Our international readers wanted to know if iTunes Match will be available outside of the US. Unfortunately, for now, iTunes Match is limited to US iTunes Store users. While the service may eventually be available to users in other parts of the world, it will require inking agreements with record labels, music publishers, and other rightsholders for each separate country or region. Apple may be in the process of doing that now, but the company said there is nothing to announce regarding availability of iTunes Match outside the US at this time.

Crap.

This was too good to be true. Particularly in Spain the situation doesn’t look good at all, since the SGAE (General Association of Spanish Authors, manager of copyright licensing fees) has a track record of putting barriers to the arrival of new services like Netflix with its abusive licensing fees (reported to be 2-3 times higher than other European countries like France or Germany).

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Daring Fireball's WWDC 2011 Prelude →

June 06, 2011 |

If I were to publish everything I know regarding tomorrow’s announcements, it would be a short and decidedly unsensational article. What I know are a handful of minor features at the edges. The big picture regarding iOS 5 and iCloud — and how the two interrelate — is an utter mystery to me. These things have been as well-kept secrets as any major projects from Apple in recent years.

John shares his thoughts prior to WWDC. Interesting read, my gut tells me that he will be right in pretty much everything he wrote.

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Quote of the Day →

June 06, 2011 |

The average man, who does not know what to do with his life, wants another one which will last forever.

Anatole France (1844 - 1924), French novelist.

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Woz warns Skynet “very, very close” to gaining self-awareness →

June 03, 2011 |

Once we have machines doing our high-level thinking, there’s so little need for ourselves and you can’t ever undo it – you can never turn them off. You don’t realise it’s happened until it’s there and I think that awareness of machines is getting very, very close and we’re getting close to where a machine will really understand you.

I knew it was coming. I knew it all along. Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to go plan a one-way trip to the North Pole.

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