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10.07.13

Microsoft AstroTurfing Against Android as Well as Lobbying for Patent Tax on Android Still On

Posted in Apple, GNU/Linux, Google, Microsoft, Patents at 10:08 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Microsoft tries hard to pocket the money people pay for Android devices

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Summary: Judging by the latest evidence such as activity on the Web, Microsoft lobbyists are still busy trying to deceive the public, incite companies, and trap executives into paying Microsoft for what’s not Microsoft’s

Apple sued HTC in a desperate attempt to stop Android momentum and Samsung later attempted to find out what the settlement involved while anti-Android AstroTurfing from Florian Müller tried to perturb the facts. Having been paid to lobby for Android foes, Müller is now being sent material to publish in order to discredit Android. it’s AstroTurfing. “More shilling from Microsoft Florian in Slashdot” was noted by iophk the other say. “Second time in as many weeks.”

He added: “The only interesting thing is that they try to follow Microsoft in keeping the licensing terms secret. I wish PJ were still around to help hammer on Microsoft Florian.” Watch this early comment which says:

Why does this read like a PR document written by Apple to sway public opinion? Both parties have come close or outright crossed the ethical lines in their various legal battles. Finger waving or sanctioning a lawyer here or there does not change the core issues. Rather is distracts from the core issues and gains sentiment (or attempts to).

It is worth noting that, having managed to pressure HTC quite a lot (Microsoft/Apple collusion from both the Apple and Microsoft angle), there is right now yet more pressure from Microsoft, urging HTC to preinstall Windows [1, 2, 3, 4]. Will extortion by Microsoft pay off? It is regretful to find that the upcoming Nexus 5 [1] may in fact be Ballnux (LG pays Microsoft) and it’s a very important device [2] with cutting-edge software. Getting rid of the software, e.g. with Cyanogen Mod [3], won’t help remove the patent tax, which is tied to the sale of hardware. This is truly infuriating stuff; people are silently being robbed.

Related/contextual items from the news:

  1. Nexus 5 is probably LG’s G2
  2. Nexus 5 along with Android 4.4 Kitkat to be revealed on October 14

    A recent leaked screenshot of a log file, believed to be from a Nexus 5 device has also surfaced. Along with the screenshot, another screenshot of the error event has also been found. The two screenshots reveal a lot of information, which seems to tally with the above rumour. Most of the speculations have been confirmed by the 10 MB log file which had quite a bit of hardware information on it. So it is only a matter of time before Google steps up on the stage.

  3. CM Installer now available for beta testers

    The team behind Cyanogen Mod had expressed their desire to build an app that would streamline the ROM flashing process. Well, ever since shuffling of the team resulting in their venture into the corporate world as Cyanogen Inc., they have been working on just that sort of thing: an app that will reduce the entire ROM flashing process to a few clicks and thus free the user from the “hideous” ordeal that they have to go through normally.

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