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Apple, RIM group wins $4.5 billion Nortel patent auction

With Microsoft pursuing Android makers for licensing, and now this, soon everybody will be making more money from Android than Google. Even Apple can now ask for licensing fees from Android makers.

Samsung was not listed as one of the companies that bought this portfolio, so now Apple have more ammo in their fight with them.

For some reason I expected Apple, with their gigantic hoard of cash to be the winner of this auction.

Tags: Apple iPhone iOS Apple/Samsung legal fight Mobile Licensing Microsoft RIM Google

Google's dropping H.264 from Chrome a step backward for openness

Google's justification doesn't really add up, and there's a strong chance that the decision will serve only to undermine the use of the <video> tag completely. This is not a move promoting the open web. If anything, it is quite the reverse.

As I see it, Google is doing Adobe a huge favour. This isn't about openness at all. It's all about proprietary stuff. Google is pushing WebM, which it owns. But this will result in more support for Flash, which Adobe owns.

This is major hypocrisy.

Tags: Apple Google Adobe WebM H.264 Chrome Firefox Safari