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Was it ever determined that the purchase was done with unrepatriated foreign cash, since both Beats and Apple Inc. have Irish subsidiaries, possibly saving taxes, per: http://appleinsider.com/articles/14/05/23/apple-could-save-over-1b-on-alleged-beats-deal-with-international-acquisition---report
 Updating this with more killjoy definitive expertise (for Al atomic number 13), with four pronunciations,two in the Queen's English and two with American accent.         http://dictionary.cambridge.org/us/pronunciation/british/aluminium#
Nice thread, with the Barenaked Ladies tune a good catch.   Now, language lawyers (or rather barristers), please explain molybdenum:         http://dictionary.cambridge.org/us/pronunciation/british/molybdenum#
Yeah, much better than normal titles like: All about H.265 (and Why You Haven't Heard a Peep about it in Years)Introduction, the new Apple Autostereoscopic 8K DisplaysMac Pro Speedbump 1 (Programming for 48-cores)iPhone 7 sessions (TBA)Undocumented Features 1, How to "Take Over" your friend's Nest ThermostatBrainwave Monitoring (Lab Preview)Wireless Power for iPhone, Care and FeedingMac Pro Speedbump 2 (Bitcoin Mining Fabric Instruction Set)M8 Co-processor Technology for...
Agree about the strong upgrade cycle. As a datapoint, in my AT&T family plan, months ago, I had carefully planned to upgrade everyone to a 5S because the 2-year contract dates were clustered too closely, but because the carrier pushed out all these upgrade dates (18-months at the time), no sale! As many know, unless you are planning to switch carriers, on full two-year subsidy plans you "lose money" if you don't take advantage of an upgrade as soon as that date rolls...
But that's just a few patents out of Apple's portfolio of hundreds just for the iPhone.($100M, possibly trebled) isn't bad for just one or a few! Seems like a regular part of negotiation -- ask for the moon and settle for less.But in a regular out-of-court settlement, usually the two sides portfolios are "weighed"against each other, almost like grading papers by the number of pages.  Because ofthis, as a "patent early, patent often" believer, IBM extracted much in the way...
What you experienced (a peremptory challenge) is the usual setup, similar to lawyers & doctors being dismissed from certain case types.Perhaps each side's limited number of challenges were used up before he was selected, and he passed the judge's sniff test,which usually goes "despite having worked in this arena, would this bias your impartial judgement?"   I wish Groklaw were still aroundto cover this minutiae.   Oh yes, for those who wonder why people who "know too much"...
Two words: "contributory infringement" ...Two more words: "direct infringement": http://www.law.cornell.edu/wex/contributory_infringement
It's educational that DED brought up the 1992 copyright case, Apple v. Microsoft. This was the infamous "look and feel" trial whereby Apple failed to clinch that their design prowess would rule. As a courtroom spectator then, I saw (now retired) jurist Vaughn Walker (of prop. 8 fame) masterfully "rule from the bench" that a look-and-feel doctrine could not be established, because copyright only protects "expression", but that items like overlapping windows and the file...
Another analogy: Even though Einstein was verified correct for developing (even inventing) seminal contributions to special relativity, the photoelectric effect, general relativity, and quantum mechanics, he should be considered a "failure" for not having developed a unified field theory within his lifetime, and only winning one Nobel prize instead of two!
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