Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) is spending around $200 million per year to fight Android as part of patent lawsuits, according to the new book Dogfight: How Apple And Google Went To War And Started a Revolution by Fred Vogelstein. Vogelstein made the estimate based on an attorney that worked on Apple’s patent lawsuit against Android.
Vogelstein has reported that Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) has 300 attorneys at four law firms that are working on the Android patent lawsuits almost full-time. Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) has around $150 billion in cash and had $9.9 billion in free cash flow last quarter. Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) made a patent deal with HTC, which is estimated to hit around $200 million per year. That alone could cover their patent attorney fees.
“Apple thought a nasty, protracted lawsuit might slow Samsung’s and Android’s progress,” stated Vogelstein. However, this has not happened because Android now has an 81% smartphone marketshare and Samsung is the world’s largest smartphone company.
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Google has launched a new feature on Gmail called Quick Actions, which allows users to perform certain relevant actions without having to open e-mail messages. Gmail users can RSVP for events, modify reservations (OpenTable), view shared folders on the cloud (Dropbox), view finished video uploads (Vimeo and YouTube), and write restaurant reviews (Seamless) with just one click.
The Quick Actions buttons will appear to the right of an e-mail’s subject line.
The actions include “Add to Queue” and “View Folder.” The Quick Actions have to be created by the sender though. The person that creates the e-mail needs to specify the action and provide information on how it works.
[Source: Google Blog]
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Much has been said about Google modifying the way it is searched and it switching to semantic. Semantic meaning: human speak rather than what it currently uses: machine speak that humans can understand.
On the other side of the ring, is Facebook. The mastodon social network has done well enough with advertising and Facebook credits to allow it an IPO — latest and highest valuations are putting it at above $100 billion. But that was only the end of the beginning. It is now a public company and the pressure is on for revenue growth.
Where’s the money on the web today? There’s a lot in “big data”. Who’s the king of big data today? Google is probably one of them. And how does Google make money from “big data”? By making it easily searchable to two million queries every minute.
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