Re: You're kidding, right?
Shakespeare was right:
The first thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers. — Henry VI, part 2, act 4, scene 2.
3461 posts • joined 3 Sep 2007
I am always surprised by the people who consider that not paying a dividend means it is not possible to make money on the stock.
The point is: IF Apple ever wanted to give back a dividend — which they technically could at any time, even if they prefer not to — they would be able to pay a dividend corresponding to the current stock price. That is enough to justify the stock price.
You might as well wonder why people try to accumulate these little pieces of paper called "money", considering they do not give back a dividend either — and do not even give you a right to anything tangible like a piece of gold. What proves that the barman will be enough of a sucker to accept it in exchange of a beer?
I find the number highly doubtful... The analyst got this result by assuming that TWO THIRDS of what Google pays in traffic acquisition costs is for the iPhone. That would be a hell of a weight just for the iPhone... Considering Google pays $300 millions a year to Mozilla, that would mean about 90% of what Google pays in TAC is just for these two.
It is quite funny from Apple to claim they had no market power, and so could not have influenced the publishers. A bit like, when the iPhone came out, they clearly did not have any market power, since they were a new entrant and had never sold a phone; so they could not POSSIBLY have forced AT&T to sell the iPhone without carrier branding, and on terms vastly less advantageous than any other phone.
Yet, they clearly did. You have to admire them for that. But I do not think their "we are new entrants without market power" is going to convince anybody.
Is the one that puts MORE constraints on the developer than Apache's definition. I have always thought this slightly strange.
They say "Free as in free speech, not as in free beer." Maybe this should be "free as in free love". That would better represent the fact that the code is never really yours.
...Or does it even mean these apps COULD BE doing it, who knows?
If they really found apps that played fast and loose with the user data, I'm sure Google would remove them from their app store, but somehow, Channel 4 have decided not say exactly what the apps do, or even name the apps that they found to be misbehaving. Can we get some DETAILS?
IIRC, you have to defend trademarks to keep them, but not patents.
In fact, you can look at a new company infringe your patent, wait until they build their whole system on the idea, and then threaten a fully-fledged company that has stakes and high switching costs rather than a small start-up that would just rewrite their code or fold.
The iPad 4 is widely expected to start sales around March 2013. According to people who have seen the memo, the iPad may include new features, such as an additional side button and a Kinect-like function allowing to type using sign language. Possibly. And, lessee, a more efficient battery. And a second version with a smaller form factor.
...Oh yeah, Apple refused to comment on rumors and speculation.
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