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Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich: Brilliant Thievery?
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altgene
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10/20/2011 | 8:42:55 PM
re: Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich: Brilliant Thievery?
Was this article stolen from US Weekly?! Is this a blog? Has someone edited this "journalism". Good bye, Information Week.
anonymous_emale
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10/20/2011 | 7:43:55 PM
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If IBM had not ever made the first PC we would still be in the dark ages... Then everyone had to have a IBM PC clone.. Famous names Dell, Compaq and many more were all just clones (copies) the industry needed a standard. Then IBM GAVE exclusive rights (a monopoly) to MS Dos and Intel... And it has been years before we have dug out from under that mess. Now we have choices. iOS, WebOS, and Android this will make for a lively competition, and yes copying. But it isn't theft till you can prove it in court. What Apple is doing to Samsung is a crime, but they have the legal department and the influence to shut Samsung down in Germany and Australia. Plus their (samsung's) website has taken a hit will so much of the videos and promotions shut down.

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10/20/2011 | 6:49:49 PM
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Hey, leave the author alone. He's just an Apple Zombie, after all.
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10/20/2011 | 6:32:42 PM
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"Brilliant Thievery?"...sort of like Apple stole from Android? Siri...welcome to 2009, Apple. "Android 4.0 arrives approximately 11 months after its predecessor Android 2.3"...um, what about Honeycomb? "It is pleasing, I guess, or at least not offensive"...How much are Apple & MS paying you to write this stuff?
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10/20/2011 | 5:45:33 PM
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Ok everyone, thank you for the lively exchange. Credit where credit is due. We all owe something to those who came before us. It's what we do with what they leave behind that counts. Xerox was sitting on valuable intellectual property, and Jobs had an idea to carry it forward. Touch screens have been around for 40-some years, but none of them were the iPhone. Apple made it work and was able to sell it at an attractive price point. Everyone thought the tablet was a dead format until the iPad. Sure, they borrowed from earlier concepts, but those earlier concepts were never executed well enough to attract a mass audience.

Now that these platforms have garnered mass attention, all of these devices are starting to look the same. The platform has become ubiquitous. You're going to see more commoditization and standardization, as we have seen in so many industries that came before - the record player, the VCR, the DVD player, the PC, the Web. Did all of the major players copy each other or borrow ideas from other existing appliances? Yes -- So what? Standardization happens in almost every mature industry.

Eventually the playing field levels, people tinker around the edges with this or that feature, and then somebody else comes up with something completely new and different to truly shake things up. That is the nature of innovation.
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10/20/2011 | 5:33:01 PM
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What the heck kind of article is this. You title it saying that Google stole the features from other vendors and the post a run of the mill worthless article about the new OS's features. Where is the stolen features that was the HEADLINE! A small list of three piddly little features that Google stole. Wow. Link bait. Do some actual journalism or shut up!
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10/20/2011 | 4:34:46 PM
re: Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich: Brilliant Thievery?
I agree that thievery probably isn't the best term to use here. As has been pointed out, nearly all things that we consider "innovations" in tech were based on ideas other people had first. This is a good thing. The model where an original invention is improved and perfected has led to the best products. This is why I tend to support copyright (which prevents real outright theft) over patent protections for software.

Jim Rapoza is an InformationWeek Contributing Editor
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10/20/2011 | 10:24:03 AM
re: Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich: Brilliant Thievery?
Wait ... need to re-read .. missed the link to the "companion" article where we talk about IOS and the "catch up" phone aka 4GS. Huh .. nothing .. well you could knock me down with a feather. I think Apple makes great products .. but I just do not understand why bloggers and writers (and their mags)feel they need to shill for Apple.

When the iPhone first came out I was using a BlackBerry .. and ya know what? It ran apps, had an mp3 player and I could even say to it "Call John Smith MOBILE" and it would call (OK .. that stuff was not all that great but .. it was there and worked.... I don't recall that anyone accused Apple of stealing that stuff.

C'mon IW .. I have an idea .. how about some objective reporting
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10/20/2011 | 3:45:19 AM
re: Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich: Brilliant Thievery?
Wow, ridiculous 'article'...

You took your rhetoric straight from the late Steve Jobs. "Stealing"? "Thievery"? I can't tell if you're just trying to get views or if you really believe it is as one-sided as this.

Was it stealing and thievery when Apple copied the idea of folders on the home screens? Was it stealing and thievery when they copied the unified notifications? Or was it stealing when they tried to copy Google Voice with their inferior messaging service? Or when they copied Google's and Amazon's cloud services with their own? The list goes on and on. It is extremely unprofessional journalism to slant a story the way you are doing.

Is it stealing when different TV manufacturers come out with similar features? Or when several laptop companies offer similar thumbprint unlock scanners? Of course not! Because most of the technology world does not call "thief" and sue and ban their competitors' products when successful features are adopted by the rest of the industry. Apple started that game, and you seem to be right on the bandwagon.

I believe from your articles that you have at least some appreciation for Google and Android, although your preferences seem to lie with Apple. Apple copies as much from other companies as they do from it. As a reporter, you should at least try to be unbiased. Most people will appreciate that.
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10/20/2011 | 3:36:47 AM
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. GO HERE AND HEAR apples president praise the company he admits he stole from. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...
NOW what do you say? THIS was blatant. Wholesale theft. PERIOD. ERIC! You should be ashamed!! Jobs ADMITS. SMIRKS. and brags about stealing XEROX' IP. JUST WATCH! Is this relevant today. Well if NOT why does he say XEROX could have been bigger today( then ) tham Microsoft? IBM. He saw the future when he saw the Altos being networked to 100 other computers, the GUI ( that apple stole) all came from XEROX PARC. SO?? So NO ONE should be suing ANYBODY. Homage should be given XEROX. Even HE admits XEROX' IP SAVED apple. All they had was the apple II. Which was, as he said, " Running out of gas". iPhone's GIU. The MAC GUI. WIndows by ms. THE WHOLE INDUSTRY based GUI, came from the brain-trust XEROX bought and paid for. So PLEASE think of that when you write your next article. What Sammy ( Samsung) has done is incremental. but that's alright. Did you say anything about apple's theft of Sammy's tech. NO! Might I ask WHY?
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