Nothing to see here…

Indeed, the Senate investigation into Apple’s practices found no evidence that the company did anything but comply with tax law.

– John Paczkowski, AllThingsD

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Google’s Eric Schmidt must be high.

So, AllThingsD’s Kara Swisher and Walt Mossberg interviewed Eric Schmidt…

Choice cuts:

– Talking about the “big four” of tech…not metal…, and why he left out Microsoft again:

Deliberate.

Counting out Microsoft? Ever? Right.

– On Apple ditching Google maps in iOS 6:

Apple should have kept our maps.

Sure, so you could collect even more data for free, selling it to your customers…the advertising industry.

– On Android phones vs. iPhones:

Four times more Android phones than Apple phones. 500 million phones already in use. Doing 1.3 million activations a day. We’ll be at 1 billion mobile devices in a year.

Really? Last time I checked there were around 250 million iPhones in use, yes, just iPhones. You would think the guy can at least count.
Anyhow: Marked for October 2013 – 1 billion Android phones.

– On FRAND/SEP patents:

I can’t talk about it because I don’t know the details and “because it actually just gets me too upset.” Patent wars are a disaster for all of us. Everyone can find prior art for everything. So the new trick is to get judges to block devices country by country. It’s bad for innovation, it’s bad for choices.

Says the big guy at the company that copies everything, and initiates FRAND patent litigation through Motorola all around the world.

– On integrated ecosystems/devices, and if anyone can compete with Apple:

Google is doing that with Chromebooks.

Yeah, that is working out real well…

– On Google’s “end game”:

We want to be in the center of the information revolution. “The world doesn’t need more copycat products; it needs innovative products.”

LOL! Sorry, had to…

– On which company he would like to be CEO at:

I was on Apple’s board, and I’ll always have a soft spot for them. I was very good friends and very close to Steve Jobs, and we miss him dearly.

Damn…what an asshat.

So, in closing, yes – it seems he’s high as a kite.

Samsung: Us copy? Ridiculous!

AllThingsD’s John Paczkowski: Samsung compared the Galaxy to the iPhone in huge document.

The conclusion most of the times?

Authored by Samsung’s product engineering team, the document evaluates everything from the home screen to the browser to the built in apps on both devices. In each case, it comes up with a recommendation on what Samsung should do going forward and in most cases its answer is simple: Make it work more like the iPhone.

If you have any doubts that Samsung lavishly copied and stole from Apple, read their own account of it here.

A logical evolution…

John Paczkowski for AllThingsD:

In a trio of product timelines submitted into evidence and released to the public on Friday as part of the company’s case against Samsung, Apple tracks the evolution of Samsung’s smartphone and tablet designs against those of the iPhone and iPad and hammers home its view that Samsung “slavishly” copied them both.