Steve Jobs went after Samsung tooth-and-nail claiming Apple’s ideas were stolen. Look what’s in the New York Times:
A computer scientist developed a concept of sliding stuff around on the screen to keep it organized and accessible to humans and Steve Jobs wrote a memo, after seeing an article in the New York Times in 2001:
â€œPlease check out this software ASAP,â€ he wrote. â€œIt may be something for our future, and we may want to secure a license ASAP.â€
Well, Lo! and Behold!, a few years later Apple is producing stuff using those ideas on ithingies and they did not have a licence from the inventor.
Who’s the thief, now, Steve? A jury was so convinced they awarded $625 million. Unfortunately, a judge overturned the jury’s findings in a rare move for East Texas. An appeal is in the works. As much as I hate software patents and feel they are evil, it would be good to see Apple die by its own sword after being so public and self-righteous when they have a heart as black as coal and held Steve Jobs to be some kind of inventive genius.
“Onscreen, the stream looks like a long row of icons receding into the past: word processing, e-mail, presentations, spreadsheets and more, identified by little symbols and a few words. Move the cursor over any document and a representation of it shows up in the lower right corner of the screen; a mouse click brings the full document up in its original form. The stream can be dipped into, and the documents sorted in a number of ways through powerful search tools.”
Come to think of it, this idea resembles ideas from “the ribbon” and M$’s treasure trove of ideas/inventions.