A Cold War analysis in which Google plays the part of North Korea's Kim Jong-Il
Daniel Eran Dilger, one of the cleverest writers covering Apple -- both at AppleInsider, and on his own blog, Roughly Drafted Magazine -- has posted an analysis of the latest twist in the smartphone patent wars that reads like a Cold War-era thriller.
Cast of characters:
"Today's existing superpowers," Dilger writes, "are both mystified and somewhat entertained by the notion that these pissant countries really see themselves as puissant nations, even as their real attention remains focused on the modern threats of extremist religious conservatives who want to blow up buildings or shoot children to get attention."
"How did Google," he asks, "end up with both majority market share and a persecution complex? And why does it think the tech world is still operating under the antiquated rules of the Cold War rather than recognizing the real threat of patent terrorism? Understanding this insanity requires a historical overview of how Google put itself in the position of, I can't help it, North Korea as a diminutive braggadocio running a bankrupt little copycat nation that it is clearly not equipped to run."
It's a fascinating story, and Dilger tells it with flair. You can read it here.
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