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‘RDF’ Steve Unleashes Touchscreen Scream

I don’t own a Jesus Phone–I’m rockin’ a Crackberry Curve–even though I drank the Cupertino Joy Juice long, long ago, and once regularly allowed the Reality Distortion Field to wash over all the thinking parts of my brain whenever Steve-o uttered the words, “oh, one more thing….”

Lately, though, I’m getting kinda jaded about Apple, and things like this add to that feeling:

Apple on Tuesday filed a lawsuit against HTC, alleging that the Taiwanese smartphone maker has violated several patents related to the iPhone hardware and interface. But the salvo is as much a shot across the bow of Google, Apple’s increasingly competitive rival.

“We can sit by and watch competitors steal our patented inventions, or we can do something about it,” Apple CEO Steve Jobs said in a press release. “We’ve decided to do something about it. We think competition is healthy, but competitors should create their own original technology, not steal ours.”

The patents listed in the complaint are related to touchscreens, multitouch gestures, graphical user interfaces, signal processing and other features Apple uses in its iPhone. Apple also filed a complaint with the International Trade Commission in an effort to block imports of handsets that violated the patents cited in the lawsuit.

via Apple Fires at HTC, But the Target Is Google | Wired.com

This has nothing to do with HTC’s hardware; it is ALL about Google’s mobile operating system, “Android.” About a month ago Google updated their software to allow users access to multi-touch features that strike too close to the bone for Apple’s iPhone comfort zone.

And fer chrissakes, they give it away for free! That’s an alien concept to Steve.

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