Apple magnanimously offers Samsung some help in designing its mobile devices, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority refuses to be railroaded, and it's all the excitement of subscription negotiations for just 70 percent of the price--and that still may be too much.
During their legal dispute, Samsung contended that Apple's allegations of infringement covered things that were unavoidable in the development of a smartphone or tablet. Apple, for its part, compiled a list of choices that Samsung could have made to avoid products that so closely mimicked Cupertino's.
The more obvious items on the list include not making the front black and not using a rectangle-with-rounded-corners for the shape. The best, though, is suggesting that, for its tablet, Samsung use a "Cluttered appearance." That's right, Sammy: just make your devices uglier and we've got no problem here.
What, MTA worry? Responding to reports that the New York State Comptroller would be launching an investigation into the terms of the lease between the Grand Central Terminal owner and Apple, an MTA spokesperson is quoted as saying "Bring it on." In a followup statement, the spokesperson quickly clarified that he was not being combative, just listing his favorite cheerleading movies.
Happy birthday, Apple QuickTime (The Register)
It's been two decades since Apple's multimedia system, QuickTime, was introduced to the public, bringing true video to computer screens. Though it's still not old enough to drink legally, it's pretty clear that it's been sneaking a little something out of the liquor cabinet for years.
Hearst Magazine president David Carey told Reuters that Apple's distribution system is actually "pretty efficient" for the publisher. He also said, no joke, that "there was so much drama with Apple negotiations...[you would] expect someone to sell the movie rights from all that debate." I can see it now...
In a world where companies argue about percentages of profit and who gets to retain subscribers' personal informzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz...
Yeah, even the voiceover guy couldn't make it through that one.
Speaking of subscription disputes, Match.com has seen its iOS app removed from the App Store because it let users sign up for an account through the app without handing over the requisite 30 percent to Apple. Also, Apple's App Store terms clearly include the right of jus primae noctis, which allows the company to go on a date with every one of your potential matches before you do. For security reasons.