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Old Jan 3, 2013, 10:26 AM   #51
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Old Jan 3, 2013, 10:27 AM   #52
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Actually, I think Motorola had some deal with LucasFilms a while back regarding the name Droid. Would be funny if Disney retracted that license and Google had to name the phone something else.

Verizon, you mean
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Old Jan 3, 2013, 10:31 AM   #53
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Nobody should be able to buy stuff before A$$le.
It should, like, be a law, you know, or sumpin'.
Maybe A$$le found out they couldn't trademark
the letter r and the number 2. Sadness.
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Verizon, you mean
You might be right. I yahooed that and got lots of mixed answers. I think the key is that Droid is only on Verizon and other OEMs have Droid phones besides Moto, such as HTC.
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Old Jan 3, 2013, 10:32 AM   #54
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I mean, it's not like apple doesn't have the money to outbid MSFT. I wonder why it felt it just wasn't worth it?
Apple was only rumored to be perhaps interested in the company because of a couple of patent filings. Perhaps they never were. After all they haven't been big with the gadget making of late. They even dropped their Bluetooth earpiece. And they didn't exactly rush to buy Nest etc
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Old Jan 3, 2013, 10:34 AM   #55
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Ok, the clown comment just made me laugh out loud at work. Too funny!!
Aah, Ok. Took me a while but I see it. Balmer is the clown.
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Old Jan 3, 2013, 10:47 AM   #56
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...and that's the last time we heard about this company.
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Old Jan 3, 2013, 10:56 AM   #57
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Apple already acquired C3 in 2011.
Ahh, THIS is why MS won. If Apple bought R2 as well, they would be risking an anti-trust lawsuit for cornering the market on droid-based company names!
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Old Jan 3, 2013, 10:58 AM   #58
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LOL!!! George Lucas may have something to say about that.
Er, don't you mean Disney will have something to say about that?

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Old Jan 3, 2013, 11:06 AM   #59
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Old Jan 3, 2013, 11:07 AM   #60
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And seriously, Apple fans, writing MS as M$ is akin Chris Farley calling John Candy for "fat bastard". It is so ridiculous it's beyond belief - but hey it says a lot about individuals' critical sense and naivité.
I concur.

It was clever... once... ten or so years ago. Now it is hopelessly juvenile and trite.
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Old Jan 3, 2013, 11:16 AM   #61
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That's twice now that M$ has come up from under Apple to move into the gaming market, first with Halo and Xbox and now this. No big worries though, Apple still dominates in the mobile space with the awesome games on the App Store.
Mobile is a different story. Microsoft came up from under Nintendo and Sony with the XBOX in terms of sales even though the Nintendo GameCube has better games. But the PS2 deserved to lose. It sucks.

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I mean, it's not like apple doesn't have the money to outbid MSFT. I wonder why it felt it just wasn't worth it?
I don't see why buying this company would be valuable to Apple. First of all, it's Android home automation software, and there are other iOS home automation firms out there. Secondly, home automation is probably the ripest market for anyone with a little sense to kill off the current companies like Apple did in the music player market. I think Apple could easily do it from scratch.

The home automation systems are all OK or ancient hardware with terrible software. Some let you use an iPad to control it, but you have to use their clunky app that makes it pretty much useless, and you can't really do the programming yourself. My Lutron system has, guess what, 70KB of RAM in it. You can't make the program bigger than that. And it only has an RS-232 serial port.
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Old Jan 3, 2013, 11:16 AM   #62
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Nobody should be able to buy stuff before A$$le.
It should, like, be a law, you know, or sumpin'.
Maybe A$$le found out they couldn't trademark
the letter r and the number 2. Sadness.
Why would you substitue a dollar symbol ($) for the letter "P"? If you don't like Google, do you also type "G$$gle"? It makes sense for Microsoft haters (I am not a lover, but I am also not a hater) to use M$ since the dollar sign resembles an "S", but your pathetic attempt at insulting Apple fans makes no sense. Try "Crapple" or something more clever next time! Sadness.
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Old Jan 3, 2013, 11:36 AM   #63
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What a bad headerline for this article - totally confusing.

And seriously, Apple fans, writing MS as M$ is akin Chris Farley calling John Candy for "fat bastard". It is so ridiculous it's beyond belief - but hey it says a lot about individuals' critical sense and naivité.
But you didn't criticize the Microsoft fan who wrote A$$le...
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Old Jan 3, 2013, 11:40 AM   #64
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Do you have anything (cited references, friends/family that work for MS or R2) to support this claim?? If not, perhaps you're the one trying to bait folks. Or perhaps you just like to bash MS... if so, that's your prerogative but I think we can all see how biased you are. I guess the RDF is strong in you.
That's been part of MS's M&A strategy for years. So, it's reasonable to speculate that this was (at least part of) the reason for the purchase.
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Old Jan 3, 2013, 11:52 AM   #65
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I concur.

It was clever... once... ten or so years ago. Now it is hopelessly juvenile and trite.
It has become part of standard English. If you don't write it that way, you are doing it wrong.
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Old Jan 3, 2013, 11:53 AM   #66
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..and now they don't know what to do with it.
Exactly! LMAO
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Old Jan 3, 2013, 11:55 AM   #67
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Nobody should be able to buy stuff before A$$le.
It should, like, be a law, you know, or sumpin'.
Maybe A$$le found out they couldn't trademark
the letter r and the number 2. Sadness.
Steve Ballmer: Buying R2 and not doing anything with it is on the forefront of our minds!
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Old Jan 3, 2013, 12:29 PM   #68
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Apple already acquired C3 in 2011.
Ah, your right! Forgot about that, thanks!

Then just P0
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Old Jan 3, 2013, 12:34 PM   #69
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The price of the deal couldn't be learned.
Wow. That must be some insanely complicated price if it can't possibly be learned.
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Old Jan 3, 2013, 12:41 PM   #70
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That wasn't my point. My point was that M$ doesn't seem to have it together like Apple and Google. So when they heard that Apple and Google were courting R2, they thought "Hey, let's buy it - not sure why, but let's buy it before the others do"

Nice try, though - if you're trying to bait me.
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Old Jan 3, 2013, 03:57 PM   #71
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Yeah let me guess Microsoft spent $12 billion this time. At this rate, their cash pile will be gone by 2015.
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Old Jan 3, 2013, 04:51 PM   #72
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Curious: does George still have a say in anything Star Wars-related anymore now that he cashed out?
Probably not since selling it to Disney, BUT as with any creator he can still have a "say" regarding his creations .
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Old Jan 3, 2013, 08:18 PM   #73
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It weird that some people still don't realize that Microsoft already dominates the home entertainment market with Xbox and support for Bluray, Media Center, Cablecard, etc on PCs with large HDTV displays ...and, may have first dibs at acquiring related resources because of that.
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It has become part of standard English. If you don't write it that way, you are doing it wrong.
In nerd-ebonics maybe.
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