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Apple v. Samsung battle it out in the U.K. courts
If you're told by a court to do something, you'd better do it or face contempt of court charges -- no matter how big or powerful you may be. Samsung prevailed in a lawsuit brought by Apple in the U.K., which dubbed Samsung's tablets as "not as cool" as the iPad. Apple was told to publish a statement on its Web site stating this, as a result of the tarnished image suffered by the Korean technology giant as a result of bringing the failed lawsuit.
So, Apple did. But Apple embellished the court-ordered statement with additional detail that riled the court. It then re-ordered Apple to include an 'apology' at the bottom of its U.K. Web site explaining that it had stuffed up the first time around.
Oprah tweets love for the Surface… from the iPad
Oprah Winfrey loves the Surface. She even tweeted about it. (I say "she," as it was likely one of her staffers considering how busy she likely is). But whoever did post that tweet didn't think where the tweet was coming from. It turns out that it was being tweeted from no other than a rival Apple iPad.
Whether or not it was a paid endorsement from Microsoft, we may never know. What is clear is that it was beyond the comfortable realm of 'epic awkwardness.'
Google Nexus Q
The Nexus Q was Google's ball of media streaming goodness that not only flopped, but also cataclysmically failed on a level not seen by the search giant before. On sale for a month at $299, Google pulled the media streamer from sale "to make it even better," not before refunding those who initially bought the product.
Many hypothesized as to what happened with the ill-fated ball of media goodness, but many pegged it down to the price tag. The Apple TV, by comparison, is only $99. Google may have had the title of building the device in the U.S., but the costs were so high that those who could afford it bought it, but it cut out a huge segment of the market.
- Read more: What happened to Google's Nexus Q?