Originally Posted by pedromartins
1. No court saw Google as guilty, no one sued google because of it, no Nexus or any phone running AOSP is a copy of an iPhone. That is enough! Based on this, everyone that says otherwise (as of this time) is a liar, like it or not.
Now, that's an idiotic statement, having in mind the content of the article you post below.
Both Google and Samsung tried to attack the validity all Apple patents related to multi-touch (all attacks are officially done by anonymous parties, but we are not that dumb). As the article explains, all of them have been reasserted and are actually stronger than before.
The reason Google/Motorola hasn't been found guilty yet is due to the fact that the multi-touch patents were being reexamined and were reasserted just recently. That means Google's and Samsung's problems are just beginning to surface.
Here are some other facts:
1. Capacitive sensing technology is close to two decades old.
2. Multi-touch is around since 1996 (17+ years).
What everyone before the iPhone did was use resistive sensing matrices and stlyi to solve the issues with precision.
What Apple's engineers did was use two old technologies, found solutions to problems such as touch precision (The Steve Jobs patent), multi-finger detection without using expensive hardware, etc. and built a great product. That was the first iPhone.
What Google did was simply copy those engineering solutions. Then tried to invalidate the related patents, but failed.
At the same time, I just want to point out that Google's "map-reduce" open source implementation (available to the public) has nothing to do with their internal implementation used by the search engine. Now, the map-reduce is an algorithm widely used by NoSQL databases. It is not a search engine by itself. By making it public, Google will not in any way endanger their search engine. But, they don't do that.
So, Google's "embrace" of open source is only to they benefit - use the Linux kernel and libraries for free, all the available tools for free (ripped of Java as well). Pay Mozilla money so Google Search is default, then present it as support for the Open Source Community.
They tried to pull similar (to Android) trick with the VP8 codec against H.264. I've personally read the licensing fees for the H.264 and they cover quantities (of devices or users) above 100,000. If you sell 100,000 devices, or have a service that streams to 100,000 users, that's an actual business, making real money. Servers, electricity and staff are not free. So, it seems Google wanted to decrease their costs related to the Youtube service since it has tens of millions of users = a few million in fees.
So, yes, Google is currently the most evil technology company out there.