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Google : 2010s :: Microsoft : 1990s
27 May 2016 1:04am GMT Jason Snell, writing at Macworld: As someone in Google’s ecosystem as well as Apple’s, I’m happy that they continue to develop apps for iOS. Unfortunately, every time I open one of them, I’m brought back to the mid-’90s and Word 6. I don’t know the reason — arrogance, pride, or a lack of desire to do the extra work are all options — but for a while now, Google has insisted on using the Material Design approach when creating iOS apps. Just as...

Peter Thiel, Comic Book Hero
26 May 2016 11:13pm GMT Great take from Ben Thompson: The tech industry, like Thiel, is no underdog: it is the dominant economic force not just in the United States but in the entire world, both because of the wealth it creates, but especially because of the wealth it destroys. And, to quote another comic book figure, “With great power comes great responsibility”. In this case, no matter how badly Thiel was personally hurt by Gawker, or how morally wrong their actions were, he is the one with far...

Google Beats Oracle in Java API Case
26 May 2016 9:47pm GMT Joe Mullin, reporting for Ars Technica: Following a two-week trial, a federal jury concluded Thursday that Google’s Android operating system does not infringe Oracle-owned copyrights because its re-implementation of 37 Java APIs is protected by “fair use.” The verdict was reached after three days of deliberations. […] There was only one question on the special verdict form, asking if Google’s use of the Java APIs was a “fair use” under...

What Does Facebook Think About Board Member Peter Thiel Secretly Funding Lawsuits Against a Publisher?
26 May 2016 9:25pm GMT Kara Swisher, writing for Recode: What does Facebook, which has been trying mightily to court the media industry to publish on the social networking site, think about Thiel’s actions, especially given he is a prominent director of the company? And, more importantly, will it do anything about them? The answer is, not surprisingly, a solid “No comment” from the company and a number of other board members. In fact, insiders are going out of their way to say that Facebook is...

Felix Salmon: ‘Peter Thiel’s Dangerous Campaign Against Gawker’
26 May 2016 4:50am GMT Felix Salmon, writing at Fusion, making the case that Peter Thiel revealed his role in the Hogan-Gawker case as a strategic move: But then the Thiel bombshell dropped. The Hogan case, it turned out, wasn’t a war in which Gawker could emerge victorious; instead, it was merely a battle in a much larger fight against an opponent with effectively unlimited resources. Gawker could continue to fight the Hogan case; it could even win that case outright, on appeal. But even if Hogan went...

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