John Paczkowski

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Samsung: Settle With Apple? Hell, No!

Now that HTC has proven it’s possible to negotiate a smartphone patent licensing deal with Apple, will other companies battling the iPhone maker seek similar deals?

Maybe, but not archrival Samsung, which says that just because HTC managed to resolve its long-running legal dispute with Apple doesn’t mean that it’s interested in doing the same.

Asked today if Samsung might follow the trail blazed by its Taiwanese competitor, J.K. Shin, head of Samsung’s mobile and IT division, said, “We have no such intention. … HTC may have agreed to pay 300 billion won (US$276 million) to Apple, but we don’t intend to [negotiate] at all.”

Bold words from a company that was ordered by a U.S. jury in August to pay Apple $1.05 billion in damages for illegally copying some features from the iPad and iPhone. Samsung, of course, has appealed the ruling. And at this point, it has little to gain from a settlement. It’s slugging it out with Apple in more than 10 countries. And with this battle dragging on, it can continue selling its allegedly infringing devices for some time.

Twitter’s Tanking

December 30, 2013 at 6:49 am PT

2013 Was a Good Year for Chromebooks

December 29, 2013 at 2:12 pm PT

BlackBerry Pulls Latest Twitter for BB10 Update

December 29, 2013 at 5:58 am PT

Apple CEO Tim Cook Made $4.25 Million This Year

December 28, 2013 at 12:05 pm PT

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Another gadget you don’t really need. Will not work once you get it home. New model out in 4 weeks. Battery life is too short to be of any use.

— From the fact sheet for a fake product entitled Useless Plasticbox 1.2 (an actual empty plastic box) placed in L.A.-area Best Buy stores by an artist called Plastic Jesus