Remains of the Day: Tricks of the trademark
You might think that Apple can escape all those endless lawsuits about trademarks and intellectual property when it does business overseas, but no such luck. Also, a former POTUS loves his iPad, and look! Up there in the sky! It’s a bird…it’s a plane…well, actually, it’s Steve Jobs’s plane. Get ready to go up, up, and away with the remainders for Friday, October 29, 2010.
Apple faces legal action over iPad name (Financial Times)
Ten years ago, Taiwan-based Proview created and marketed a portable computer. It tanked. But apparently the one thing they did think to do was trademark the product’s name: the I-Pad. Fast forward a decade and Apple’s moving into China in a big way. Proview’s new business plan? Sell the trademark to the highest bidder to pay off the $400 million in loans they owe. I guess it’s like the old Apple ad says: “While some see them as the crazy ones, we see genius.”
George W. Bush’s favorite iPad app (Gizmodo)
Apparently number 43 is addicted to his iPad, using it to read The Wall Street Journal every morning and play his favorite app which—believe it or not—is Scrabble. I’m as shocked as you are. That’s totally not the one I would have guessed.
Steve Jobs is back in the air (Fortune)
I swear, it seems like financial analysts keep closer tabs on Steve Jobs’s Gulfstream than the FAA.
Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin went through a dozen candidates for the company’s top job, and then happened to visit Steve Jobs at Apple. After which they asked one of their investors why they couldn’t hire Jobs. But just think what the world would be like if they had hired him! For one thing, we wouldn’t be all be coming to grips with the incipient creepiness of Eric “You can just move” Schmidt.
iPhone for Pancakes (MacLife)
Musician and comedian Reggie Watts shows off his talents on an XM radio show by using his iPhone to freestyle the unequivocally best iPhone-created impromptu song about pancakes you will hear this week.