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:
Mueller responded the next day:
Dilger's strongest evidence are internal documents that show Samsung researchers working hard to match the intuitiveness of the "unlock" mechanism that Steve Jobs demonstrated -- to appreciative applause -- at the 2007 unveiling of the first iPhone.
Mueller's strongest evidence is the attached 1991 video, in which the University of Maryland's Catherine Plaisant -- then employed by Microsoft (MSFT) -- demonstrates a variety of touchscreen toggle switches, including (at the 2:55 mark) a slider.
Does the existence of this video invalidate Apple's case? That, I suppose, is for the jury to decide.
Airtime has hidden its ties to OkHello.
FORTUNE -- We all remember Airtime, the biggest, flashiest startup launch of 2012. Napster co-founders Sean Parker and Shawn Fanning had reunited with $33 million from Silicon Valley's top investors for a star-studded, over-the-top launch event. Jim Carrey was there. Snoop Dogg was there. Jimmy Fallon, Ed Helms, Martha Stewart, Joel McHale, Olivia Munn, Alicia Keys, and Julia Louis-Dreyfus were there. Parker boasted Airtime MOREErin Griffith - Feb 24, 2014 10:15 PM ET
Words to remember in advance of the Feb. 28 vote on Carl Icahn's shareholder proposal.
FORTUNE -- It's not exactly on point, but reading Ben Popper's piece on Carl Icahn in the Verge this weekend brought to mind a Steve Jobs Q&A from May 1997 -- a few months after his return to Apple (AAPL) -- when someone asked: "Steve, what do we do about the press?"
Jobs spoke for nearly two minutes before he MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Feb 9, 2014 3:55 PM ET
Apple has plenty to celebrate. I guess.
FORTUNE -- The video is lovely. And the elaborate timeline on Apple's home page that introduces the cast, profiles the Macs, and expands on the video's themes is clearly a labor of love.
So is it churlish to suggest that some people at Apple (AAPL) might have too much time on their hands? Or that those resources might be better deployed fixing iCloud, solving the iPhoto MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jan 24, 2014 6:03 PM ET
At this year's Consumer Electronics Show, we talk with new Dolby CMO Bob Borchers, who explains the company's new video technology and how he'll stoke demand for it.
FORTUNE -- Bob Borchers recently became chief marketing officer of Dolby Laboratories (DLB), the technology company known for improving what we hear that is also working on enhancing what we see.
Before joining Dolby, Borchers had an illustrious marketing career at Nokia (NOK), Nike MOREAdam Lashinsky, Sr. Editor at Large - Jan 9, 2014 10:28 AM ET
Yahoo's chief executive was heavy on the spectacle at this year's Consumer Electronics Show, but it remains to be seen whether the fireworks will translate to revenues.
FORTUNE -- The history of Yahoo (YHOO) CEOs giving keynotes at the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas is not exactly stellar.
There was 2010, when Carol Bartz canceled her appearance abruptly with little explanation.
There was 2008, when co-founder Jerry Yang opened with a MOREMiguel Helft, senior writer - Jan 8, 2014 11:04 AM ET
Why did Google make a 3:30 min. promo for search in a country where it has a 97% share?
FORTUNE -- If you haven't already seen the attached YouTube video -- viewed by 4 million since it was posted last week -- get out your handkerchiefs.
I tear up every time I watch it, but then I'm a sucker for reunion scenes.
When you're done, you might ponder the question posed in the subhead MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Nov 19, 2013 12:46 PM ET
A record turnout for the new iPhones at Apple's flagship New York City store.
FORTUNE -- By 8:45 A.M. Friday more than 1,400 customers had queued up at Apple's (AAPL) Fifth Ave. store for the launch of the iPhone 5C and iPhone 5S. It took nearly 7 minutes to walk the line.
Everybody we asked was hoping to buy an iPhone 5S. Or two.
The YouTube video:Philip Elmer-DeWitt - Sep 20, 2013 10:48 AM ET
The popular photo-sharing mobile app now lets users capture video and apply filters.
FORTUNE -- Instagram isn't content with dominating the photo sharing space. At Facebook's (FB) Menlo Park, Calif. headquarters this week, CEO and co-founder Kevin Systrom announced the ability to capture video in an iOS and Android update available for download.
The new video capability lets users shoot clips up to 15 seconds long, apply 13 new video filters like "Helena," MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - Jun 20, 2013 2:54 PM ET
Four iPad and iPhone apps that will melt your heart.
FORTUNE -- Having just watched this 10-minute video, I think Daring Fireball's John Gruber is right. It was probably something Apple (AAPL) made for Monday's WWDC keynote and didn't have time to show. If Tim Cook dropped it for those race cars, he made a big mistake.Philip Elmer-DeWitt - Jun 14, 2013 11:19 AM ET
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