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Office 365

I wouldn’t say I like Microsoft or most of its products much. But Office 365 is actually working well for me. It also receive lots of praise from the community and users.

I guess I miss something after few years working solely on Apple stuff :))

Legal Case: Apple v.s Samsung

Apple v.s Samsung

Apple v.s Samsung

From CNN  and ABC:

(CNN) — A federal jury in California on Friday recommended that Apple be awarded more than $1 billion in damages after finding Samsung was guilty of “willful” violations of a number of Apple’s patents in the creation of its own mobile products.

(ABC) — Apple has scored a sweeping legal victory over Samsung as a US jury found the Korean company had copied critical features of the hugely popular iPhone and iPad and awarded the US company $1.051 billion in damages.

 

Finally, the legal battle seems to be over. I do not favor Apple much in this case, although I said earlier that a clone and direct copy should be avoided. But many later cases of the Samsung devices do not copy that much, so it would not be so fair that Samsung still has to pay for that fine. Apple has released so many secrets  that would come and harm them later.

This legal victory will certainly scare other android device owners like HTC…

 

http://edition.cnn.com/2012/08/24/tech/mobile/apple-samsung-verdict/?hpt=hp_t3

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-08-25/apple-wins-us-court-case-against-samsung/4222348?section=business

 

Quick thoughts about Patent

Patent Suing

Patent Suing

 

Apple sues Samsung, Yahoo sues Facebook, Facebook countersues Yahoo. Oracle v.s Google. Microsoft v.s Google. That’s too much of suing in last year and this year. I sometimes wonder about this situation, some law court does for clear cases, some are stupid and some are totally crap.

 

 

 

 

I agree with some ideas here and here about patent infringement:

He’s confusing four very different things here. First of all, he calls it “stealing”, but nothing is lost from the victim in the case of using the same idea. In fact, you can break this law without even knowing that someone else thought of the idea first. This is one of the biggest problems with patents; there is no good safe way to find out if any idea you come up with is patented or not. Most other crimes require intent, patent infringement does not.

It is actually weird for Yahoo to sue Facebook over some patent like this:

Only two of the 10 patents at issue are directly related to social networking technology. Most focus on online advertising, including methods for preventing “click fraud,” as well as privacy and technology for customizing the information users see on a Web page.

“If what Yahoo is saying is literally true, then it seems like a lot of companies would be liable,” said Shubha Ghosh, a professor who specializes in intellectual property at The University of Wisconsin Law School. But he added, much would depend on whether a judge defines the patents broadly or narrowly.

And as you can see, some patent infringement happens without an intent. That is crazy.

Some patents infringment should be sued. If Samsung lawyers cannot distinguish between a Samsung device and an Apple device, then well, Samsung does something very wrong.

Apple says Samsung’s blatantly ripped off its device designs. Not true, Samsung replies!Too bad its lawyer blew that argument harder than a hydrogen bomb blowjob: they couldn’t tell the difference between a Galaxy Tab and iPad. In court.

Law may need changing to adapt some new situations. And we are into the patent war, lawyers, it is your time now!

http://notch.tumblr.com/post/27897241780/even-experts-get-it-wrong

Personalization and Price Discrimination

Price Discrimination

Price Discrimination

Since my courses in CMU, I always ask myself if first-degree price discrimination is feasible in e-commerce, and if it is, then how. Anybody knows that the main problem with price discrimination is customers exchange information to each other. And when people know that they are charged differently, they get annoyed.

 

 

 
 

I just encountered this 2 valuable articles in economist.com (Online firms are getting better at calculating how much they can sting you for. Here’s how to pay less) and (How deep are your pockets?). They are explaining to me many good insights, how and what products these firms can charge people differently.

  • Getting your information from cookie, as normal
  • Getting your computer type, if you are an Apple user, you are more likely to pay for higher prices
  • These software can even track your mouse movement

It also explains to me which websites can charge people differently based on no logic. Flight, hotel, secondhand cars and other similar products and services can do this job easily. They already displayed the price sales differently every single day or hour without any complains from the user. With the usage of smartphone, I think this trend will continue when firms have more information and idea about how bad you want their products.

It would be annoyed for any users if they happen to know that they are charged differently just because they are using a Macbook Pro or just because they like the product more than everybody else. I still recommend you to not use this price discrimination strategy intensively but rather to focus on better customer experience. They would help you to do viral marketing and gain more transactions for your company.