I offered a few suggestions and a poll for renaming the iPhone in the likelihood that Apple loses its lawsuit with Cisco over rights to use the name. Apple calling the lawsuit "silly" would indicate that Steve Jobs isn't interested in coming back to the negotiating table with Cisco.
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Sales of Windows Vista to businesses were stronger than expected during the operating system's debut month, according to a report from NPD Group. The sales outpaced the first month's tally for Windows 2000 and only slightly trailed that for Windows XP, the market researcher said Thursday.
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.
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.