FORTUNE -- Watching Apple's (AAPL) patent infringement trial from afar -- today, it's from Prague -- I can't tell if the jury got as clear an explanation of where Apple's so-called "quick link" software came from as the one Daniel Eran Dilger posted Sunday on AppleInsider (How Samsung & Google teamed up to steal Apple Data Detectors for Android).
But reading Dilger's deep dive into the history of the technology I'm reminded of what Steve Jobs told his biographer the day Apple sued HTC, the first of the Android manufactures to feel the litigious wrath of Jobs:
"Our lawsuit is saying, 'Google you f***ing ripped off the iPhone, wholesale ripped us off. Grand theft.
"I will spend my last dying breath... to right this wrong. I'm going to destroy Android, because it's a stolen product. I'm willing to go thermonuclear war on this. They are scared to death, because they know they are guilty."
Well, if Google (GOOG) is the company that copied Apple's technology -- and in the case of Apple's data detectors, it would seem they are -- why is Apple suing Samsung?
Samsung's lawyers raised this question in their opening statement two weeks ago, and it's an argument that could resonate for the jury.
I took a crack at it in August 2012, right after the first Apple v. Samsung trial ended in Apple's favor to the tune of $1 billion.
"In retrospect, [suing Samsung, not Google] was smart move. As Apple laid out its narrative for the jury in its closing arguments, the Samsung story was an easy one to tell. Not only had the Korean manufacturer imitated Apple's designs down to the boxes the devices came in, but it left a paper trail that showed the company scrutinizing every aspect of the iPhone touchscreen for ways Apple's design decisions could improve Samsung's products.
'The mountain of evidence presented during the trial,' Apple CEO Tim Cook told employees after the verdict, 'showed that Samsung's copying went far deeper than we knew.'
"Whether Google left a similar paper trail remains to be seen. Moreover, Google can claim, as it did when it was sued by Oracle, that Android doesn't produce any direct revenue for the company, so there can be zero damages. Android may generate billions of ad dollars, but that's a harder story to sell a jury.
'It's all about tactics,' says FOSS Patents' Florian Mueller. 'There's no reason Apple would have to be afraid of suing Google directly. It's just tactically more convenient to go against other device makers.'"
Mueller, by the way, has so thoroughly changed his tune on Apple's patent litigation strategy that on Sunday, after a brief exchange with Dilger over the AppleInsider piece, Mueller blocked Dilger's Twitter account.
Tempers, it seems, are running high.
New evidence in one of the most contentious issues in the Apple v. Samsung II patent trial.
FORTUNE -- AppleInsider's Daniel Eran Dilger and FOSS Patents' Florian Mueller have locked horns in a fierce debate over whether Samsung ought to be held liable for copying Apple's (AAPL) slide-to-unlock patent -- one of five patents at issue in the $2 billion infringement trial that began last week.
Dilger posted his piece on Saturday:
Apple unlocks MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Apr 6, 2014 5:41 AM ET
Daniel Eran Dilger rips into lazy journalism on the iOS v. Android beat.
FORTUNE -- If you like your pro-Apple agitprop straight -- right out of the bottle, no ice, no water -- Daniel Eran Dilger is your man.
Dilger, if you're not familiar with the byline, is Apple's (AAPL) fiercest defender at AppleInsider, one of the Internet's most prominent Apple news and rumor websites.
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If the Japanese love the iPhone now, could they have hated it in 2009?
FORTUNE -- The most salient fact about Brian X. Chen's Why the Japanese Hate the iPhone, written for Wired.com in early 2009, nearly three years before Chen joined the New York Times, is that the editor's note responding to Chen's excoriation in AppleInsider is longer (at 751 words) than the original (678 words).
Daniel Eran Dilger, who wrote the MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Nov 28, 2013 12:12 PM ET
If you ignore China and count Nokia, RIM, Motorola, LG and HTC as "negative profits."
FORTUNE -- According to Canaccord Genuity's Michael Walkley, Apple (AAPL) and Samsung managed last quarter to split all the world's profits in mobile phones -- 56% Apple and 53% Samsung -- and come up with a total of more than 100%.
That only makes sense if you accept two premises:
That money lost in a market should be treated MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Nov 16, 2013 12:17 PM ET
The $10 billion pool that Apple set aside for future quarters is about to grow by $900 million.
FORTUNE -- Until I read Daniel Eran Dilger's piece on Apple's deferred earnings Friday in AppleInsider I'd forgotten what a big deal these hidden earnings were just a few years ago.
Dilger explains with admirable clarity why Apple (AAPL) has been holding some revenue in reserve each quarter to account for such things as AppleCare, iTunes MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Nov 2, 2013 10:36 PM ET
Making the case that Apple's innovation engine is still humming along.
FORTUNE -- AppleInsider's Daniel Eran Dilger filed a fascinating piece Saturday suggesting that Samsung was caught by surprise when Apple (AAPL) announced Tuesday that the iPhone 5S would be powered not by the 32-bit A6 system-on-a-chip that Samsung manufactures, but by a new, top-secret 1-billion-transistor 64-bit A7 chip.
Not only did Apple manage to keep its No. 1 semiconductor supplier in MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Sep 15, 2013 8:32 AM ET
The reliability of its market research has been called into question twice in the past week.
FORTUNE -- It may be no accident that Samsung and Strategy Analytics both chose to locate their Korean headquarters in Seoul's prestigious Gangnam Building.
The Boston-based research and consulting firm does not advertise its roster of clients, except to say that they include "13 of the 15 top handset vendors."
But based on the number of reports MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Aug 2, 2013 9:53 AM ET
Daniel Eran Dilger rips into some bad analysis and names the journalists who retailed it.
FORTUNE -- On Friday, Strategy Analytics issued a press release headlined "Samsung Becomes World's Most Profitable Handset Vendor in Q2 2013."
It was the kind of news that fits the dominant narrative in the business press -- that Apple (AAPL) is "doomed" -- and it quickly caught the notice of one of the chief promoters of that MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jul 28, 2013 8:33 AM ET
Props to Daniel Eran Dilger for discovering the power of "flexibly adaptive logic"
FORTUNE -- Ben Bajarin's "reality distortion" theory about why Wall Street doesn't get Apple (AAPL) -- first published in Time Magazine's Techland last week -- has been widely picked up by numerous Apple watchers (including this one). But nobody has had more fun with it than Daniel Eran Dilger, a regular (and relatively straightforward) contributor to AppleInsider who likes to let MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Mar 13, 2013 8:35 AM ET
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