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We have had a chance to review the reexamination requests, andafter that review we believe Lodsys is in for a rough time. Wehave seen reexam requests before, but when we saw these, the abovequote came to mind. Lodsys, you shouldn’t have brought a knife toa gunfight.
It’d be sweet if Google could get Lodsys’s patents wiped from the board. Nice to see Google joining this fight, too.?
Dan’s off on paternity leave, so Ryan Irelan did the show with me this week. Big topics: Google’s acquisition of Motorola, HP getting out of the PC and WebOS hardware businesses, and the general idea of getting traction in the market. Brought to you by Shopify and Rackspace.?
Scott Neuman, reporting for NPR:
In a sign of just how much the economy is hurting its traditionalcustomer base, Walmart finds itself going head-to-head with Targetfor middle-income customers just as its lower-income clientele isbeing lured away by an even cheaper option — the dollar store.
“If you go to the dollar stores, they’ve done a much better job ofoffering food to the consumers,” Sozzi said, adding that a lot ofpeople who used to shop at Walmart “don’t have the money” to shopthere anymore.
But those lucky duckies who can’t afford to shop at Walmart don’t pay any federal income tax. Unfair.?
The Financial Times:
Apple?s sales in greater China have for the first time overtakenthose of Lenovo, the world?s third-biggest personal computermaker by shipment volume, results from the two companies confirm.
(Thanks to DF reader Rahul Krishnakumar.)?
Erick Schonfeld, AOL/TechCrunch:
In a recent update to the documentation for iOS 5 (which is onlyavailable to registered Apple developers, but a copy was forwardedto me), Apple notes that it will be phasing out access to theunique device identifier, or UDID, on iOS devices such as iPhonesand iPads.
This is a big deal, especially for any mobile ad networks, gamenetworks or any app which relies on the UDID to identify users.Many apps and mobile ad networks, for instance, uses the UDID or ahashed version to keep track of who their users are and whatactions they have taken.
My guess: Apple is doing this so they can further promote iOS as a secure and privacy-protecting platform. What are the odds that Google would ever block Android developers from accessing unique device IDs? This is going to result in a lot of work for developers outside ad and game networks, though.?
Marco Arment on WebOS:
This is a high-stakes game. Apple is kicking everyone?s assesso much in the ?tablet market? that it?s really notaccurate to call it that. Competitors need to be great on day oneto stand a chance.
Lenovo CEO Liu Chuanzhi, one year ago:
?We are lucky that Steve Jobs has such a bad temper anddoesn?t care about China. If Apple were to spend the same efforton the Chinese consumer as we do, we would be in trouble.?
Joanna Stern, today, reviewing the iPad-alike Lenovo IdeaPad K1:
The IdeaPad K1 has been in development in one form or another fora year and a half, yet it still isn?t ready. And even if ithad hit the market a year ago, it wouldn?t have been good enough(at least in its current form) to go head-to-head with theoriginal iPad. The K1?s hardware is chunky and cheap-feeling,its screen is washed out, and the software is unstable to thepoint of being unusable at times.
This would have saved me a lot of MySQL text-encoding aggravation the last time I moved DF to a new server.?
Confirms most of the stereotypes you already believed. Android users tend to be less educated, earn lower incomes, are more likely to be politically conservative, and be followers instead of leaders.
Update: Shamefully, iPhone users are 50 percent more likely to text while driving. Stop that.?