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March 9, 2012

Google Play

What's this?

Wrote John Letzing of Dow Jones Newswires:

Google has consolidated its online bookstore, music service and software apps into a single site called "Play," as the company seeks to centralize its growing array of digital media offerings.

Google made Play available on Tuesday, and says the site is home to more than 450,000 apps in addition to songs, books and movies.

The move creates a media hub similar in form to Apple Inc.'s  iTunes service, which also consolidates multiple media types.

The company says the new Play site will help users understand where to go to find different Google offerings, rather than having to find and pull them from disparate places.

No end of fun.

Fair warning: there goes the day.

March 9, 2012 at 02:01 PM | Permalink


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Don't worry. The Android's days are numbered. In Apple Inc. v. Motorola Inc., 11-cv-08540, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, J. Posner ruled in favor of Apple in his Order of March 4 in response to Apple's Motion to Compel Discovery made on March 2. The scope of the discovery is beyond extraordinary (future marketing plans are included - in a patent infringement action - how is that relevant?) Trials (the case has been split into two trials) are scheduled for June 11, 2012.

Google? Well, Google Inc. acquired Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc. and Google is a defendant. At root, the case turns on how Google developed the Android OS. If, as the late Steve Jobs related to Walter Isaacson, Google and its affiliates infringed Apple's patents then the primary post-trial remedy is an injunction barring the manufacture, sale or use of the Android OS anywhere within the United States and its protectorates. See, http://bloom.bg/zOitnn

I'm none too fond of the Father of Law and Economics, J. Richard Posner, and I've frequently disagreed with his legal holdings and with the subject matter and arguments espoused in his popular press books (Kissinger is the leading "public" intellectual of the western world, where Steven J. Gould was little more than bird-cage droppings: see, Public Intellectuals: A Study of Decline (Harvard University Press, $29.95) See also, http://bit.ly/yunojP ).

The Good Judge Ruled on Apple's Motion to Compel on March 4, nine (9) days before the time limit for the defendant to respond expired (Fed.R.Civ.P. 6 (a)(1)(A) excludes the date of filing from the computation of the response thus, pursuant to R. 6 the defendants had ten (10) days from March 3 to respond) and that quickly issued Order to Compel Discovery, absent any pleading by the defendants, certainly sends a message to the defendants of where the Judge stands on the core issues of this case.

Apple has it in the bag.

Posted by: 6.02*10^23 | Mar 9, 2012 3:21:16 PM

Does anyone actually ever buy anything at all from Google?

They may call it 'play' but their products always seem like a damn chore to use. The first thing I ever bought using Android used the Kindle store, and Google gets nothing out of it. And at this point, I see no reason to give them any money because the only thing the seem to offer is I'LL SELL IT TO YOU LOWER SO THAT WE CAN STEAMROLL THE COMPETITION AND THEN RAISE PRICES ANYWAYS.

It's like they are an incompetent walmart...

Posted by: clifyt | Mar 9, 2012 2:21:24 PM

The funny thing is you "play" a book. But music and movie is not in the "play store".

Posted by: ObamaPacman | Mar 9, 2012 2:17:00 PM

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