Apple: App Store turns 1; NC server farm investment; new lawsuit

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Apple's App Store celebrates its first birthday this week. Meanwhile, the company's investment in rural North Carolina could conceivably double to $2 billion in the coming years. And a new lawsuit claims that iPods, as well as Wiis and PSPs, tread on patented technology.



Happy Birthday App Store



The App Store will official have a year under its belt later this week, and to celebrate, Apple is highlighting some of its favorite games and applications. These include the likes of E*Trade Mobile, MLB At Bat 2009, Brushes, Pandora Radio, Let's Golf, Rolando, and Real Racing.



"Light a candle and cue the music," the company said. "Okay, forgive us for sounding like doting parents, but we're just so proud -- having watched the App Store go from a promising newcomer to full-fledged revolutionary."



In just under 12-months, the App Store has surpassed milestones that might have at one time seemed unfathomable, the most notable of which include 1 billion downloads by users and 50,000 approved applications for developers.



Apple's NC investment could double



As expected, North Carolina's Catawba County on Monday afternoon announced that Apple has selected the 183 acre Catawba Data Park in Maiden as the site for its future $1 billion data center.



If all goes according to plan, development of the 500,000-square feet building could begin as early as next month. Construction efforts are expected to employ about 750 workers and run through late 2010.



Both Maiden and Catawba County also agreed Monday to give Apple another $7.3 million in incentives on top of the $46 million in tax breaks the electronics maker is expected to reap over the next 10 years.



Scott Millar, president of the Catawba County Economic Development Corp, also said there's a reasonable chance Apple's plans for the data farm and investment in rural North Carolina could double to $2 billion in the coming years.



Apple hit with new patent suit



Apple, along with Nintendo and Sony, were sued last week in an Arkansas district court on the grounds of patent infringement.



According to Dow Jones, Newport Beach, Calif.-based Shared Memory Graphics LLC "alleges Apple iPods and iPod Touch music and video players, Nintendo's motion-controlled Wii and Sony PSP and PS2 game consoles uses two graphic accelerator systems patented by the company."



The pair of patents, acquired by Shared Memory from holding company Alliance Semiconductor in 2005, reportedly "escribe ways in which microprocessors fine-tune graphics by balancing the flow of data from various sources."
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  • Reply 1 of 28
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by AppleInsider View Post


    Apple hit with new patent suit



    Apple, along with Nintendo and Sony, were sued last week in an Arkansas district court on the grounds of patent infringement.



    According to Dow Jones, Newport Beach, Calif.-based Shared Memory Graphics LLC "alleges Apple iPods and iPod Touch music and video players, Nintendo's motion-controlled Wii and Sony PSP and PS2 game consoles uses two graphic accelerator systems patented by the company."



    The pair of patents, acquired by Shared Memory from holding company Alliance Semiconductor in 2005, reportedly "escribe ways in which microprocessors fine-tune graphics by balancing the flow of data from various sources."



  • Reply 2 of 28
    teckstudteckstud Posts: 6,476member
    Seems rather late to be filing such a suit at this stage of the game.
  • Reply 3 of 28
    robonerdrobonerd Posts: 58member
    Wow, a patent suit that WASN'T filed in Texas. Amazing!



    Is it just me or does anyone else think that it's time to scrap the patent system? The abuses are more damaging than actual infringements.
  • Reply 4 of 28
    How would this lawsuit even be valid? Dont the wii,ipod,and ipod touch , all use video processors from other companies?
  • Reply 5 of 28
    hobbithobbit Posts: 532member
    I'm with the Chinese!

    Sod patents!



    All inventions should benefit all humankind.

    No exclusivity. Everyone should have access to all.
  • Reply 6 of 28
    wplj42wplj42 Posts: 439member
    Well, I'm a dollar short and a day late, but can't help but wonder why NC? I'm sure the folks in rural Oregon would love to have Apple come around. Oh well. The way things are in California, were I live, Apple would be better off in Alaska. At least the servers would stay in a cool environment.
  • Reply 7 of 28
    anantksundaramanantksundaram Posts: 20,225member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by hobBIT View Post


    I'm with the Chinese!

    Sod patents!



    All inventions should benefit all humankind.

    No exclusivity. Everyone should have access to all.



    Then, only altruists will innovate. And, since no one is truly an altruist.......
  • Reply 8 of 28
    anantksundaramanantksundaram Posts: 20,225member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by RoboNerd View Post


    Wow, a patent suit that WASN'T filed in Texas. Amazing!



    A patent suit that was filed in Arkansas. Even more amazing!
  • Reply 9 of 28
    mstonemstone Posts: 11,510member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by RoboNerd View Post


    Wow, a patent suit that WASN'T filed in Texas. Amazing.



    Yeah another back water hicksville I'm sure. They don't dare file it in Orange County where they do business. It's got to be a hick town so they can buy off the judge and jury and whole damn town.



    You know they are going to do it.
  • Reply 10 of 28
    jsmithjsmith Posts: 16member
    There are reasons why the rest of the world rolls its eyes at the US patent system - this is one of the main ones.
  • Reply 11 of 28
    mstonemstone Posts: 11,510member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by WPLJ42 View Post


    Well, I'm a dollar short and a day late, but can't help but wonder why NC? I'm sure the folks in rural Oregon would love to have Apple come around. Oh well. The way things are in California, were I live, Apple would be better off in Alaska. At least the servers would stay in a cool environment.



    East coast is far enough away from the west coast that they don't share any of the same infrastructure. Should there be a power grid or backbone failure in one location it is unlikely to affect the other.
  • Reply 12 of 28
    charlitunacharlituna Posts: 7,217member
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    Originally Posted by majortom1981 View Post


    How would this lawsuit even be valid? Dont the wii,ipod,and ipod touch , all use video processors from other companies?



    even if they do. who is to say that all those companies didn't steal the same prior art.



    the crux of this will be in whether whether it was the basic idea or the actual technique.



    Quote:
    Originally Posted by WPLJ42 View Post


    Well, I'm a dollar short and a day late, but can't help but wonder why NC? I'm sure the folks in rural Oregon would love to have Apple come around.



    the guess is that they want an East Coast center so they can spread out the growing traffic to the itunes store, mobile me etc. and there is likely already a server bank in Cup at or near headquarters. Plus NC has some appealing tax breaks and such (same thing happened in the film/tv industry a few times. example. Dawson's Creek)
  • Reply 13 of 28
    SpamSandwichSpamSandwich Posts: 33,408member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by hobBIT View Post


    I'm with the Chinese!

    Sod patents!



    All inventions should benefit all humankind.

    No exclusivity. Everyone should have access to all.



    Sorry, socialism has never worked despite current attitudes.
  • Reply 14 of 28
    quadra 610quadra 610 Posts: 6,756member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by SpamSandwich View Post


    Sorry, socialism has never worked despite current attitudes.





    Read "Main Currents in Marxism" by Leszek Kolakowski, and you might just change your mind about what "socialism" actually means and its relevance to the modern (post-Soviet era) world.
  • Reply 15 of 28
    anantksundaramanantksundaram Posts: 20,225member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Quadra 610 View Post


    Read "Main Currents in Marxism" by Leszek Kolakowski, and you might just change your mind about what "socialism" actually means and its relevance to the modern (post-Soviet era) world.



    Gee. That's helpful. [/sarcasm]



    Seriously: if you'd like someone to read this, how about a preview/precis on what it means and its relevance? For starters: does the article say it's still relevant?
  • Reply 16 of 28
    boogabooga Posts: 1,081member
    It would be really nice to have the patent numbers in stories like this so we can go look them up.
  • Reply 17 of 28
    formerarsgmformerarsgm Posts: 191member
    Really? A Bing search engine ad on the AppleInsider forum. geez.
  • Reply 18 of 28
    i said months ago when the credit crunch/down turn happened, that all the dregs would come out looking for a quick buck, it happened in the last down turn in the 80s.
  • Reply 19 of 28
    eriamjheriamjh Posts: 1,341member
    Apple's defense: "No, it doesn't."



    Judge: "Good enough for me. Case closed."
  • Reply 20 of 28
    lukeskymaclukeskymac Posts: 506member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by hobBIT View Post


    I'm with the Chinese!

    Sod patents!



    All inventions should benefit all humankind.

    No exclusivity. Everyone should have access to all.



    Yeah, so one company spends lots of $$$ on R&D and the rest can just come and get it?

    And you freaking dumb?
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