Donna Bogatin raises a very interesting question about whether Google is a public service. Another question: What are the risks of relying on Google as a public service.
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Many bloggers and other commentators have chimed (check Techmeme) in with their impressions of the vaporous iPhone (we'll continue to call it that until the lawsuit with Cisco is finished). A few key points.
Notable headlines:The iPhone saga just won't end. And Apple isn't sounding all that diplomatic.
The iPhone saga just won't end. The latest wrinkle came last night when Cisco sued Apple for infringing on its iPhone trademark.
Doc Searls has a hilarious faux news story from 2008 on the iPhone Shuffle. Here's an excerpt: Like the iPod Shuffle, the new iPhone Shuffle has no display.
Mark Chandler, Cisco's senior vice president and general counsel, blogs about Apple's infringement of Cisco's iPhone trademark. Following is the post, with my bolding:Today’s announcement from Cisco regarding our suit with Apple over our iPhone trademark has spurred a lot of interesting questions.
Why didn't Apple work out the legalities of using Cisco's iPhone trademark before going through the Macworld song and dance? Very good question.
Now that Apple's is now in litigation with Cisco over use of the iPhone name, Steve Jobs might have to come up with an alternative. For some reason, Jobs was ok with changing the name of iTV to AppleTV, so he must have an alternate name ready to go if he can't get back on track with Cisco.
Following is the complaint filed by Cisco over Apple's use of the iPhone name:COMPLAINT FOR TRADEMARK INFRINGEMENT, UNFAIR COMPETITION, FALSE DESCRIPTION, AND INJURY TO BUSINESS REPUTATION; CASE NO.FOLGER LEVIN & KAHN LLPMichael A.
It looks like Steve Jobs jumped the gun in sticking with the iPhone name, which is owned by Cisco. The two companies were in negotiation as Jobs took the stage on Tuesday to introduce his new mobile device, but didn't find a common ground...