Did Apple and Google really spend more on patents than R&D?

Did Apple and Google really spend more on patents than R&D?Technovia:

Read the NYT piece, and you would think that the technology market has shifted from being about research and development of new products to being about acquisition of patents. Given that this is based on a single year, when some very big patent portfolios came on the market in one-off deals that aren’t likely to be repeated in the future, that’s a long way from the truth.

[I sincerely dislike when agenda is written as news.]


Game Over (AntiRez leaves the twitterverse)

Game Over:

I also love open source, and guess what? It’s not a license. It’s a process of exchanging ideas, code, and information, freely. In short, I don’t want to be part of what I saw yesterday, ever. For me open source is a lot more than a job. For me the ability to express my ideas is more important than smiling to the community and accept the new rules I’m seeing in place.

As you guess, not everybody reacted like that. Actually most of my 10000+ followers either said nothing or encouraged me by private email or direct messages. Thank you, I don’t want to claim that everybody is like what I saw yesterday. However among the people that over reacted there were also well known figures of the programming community.

So what happens now? That I’m done with Twitter. I’m going to close my accounts, and I’ll use only the @redisfeed account to provide information to the Redis users about what happens about Redis. Releases, critical bugs, anticipations. It will be low traffic, and should be make more people able to be subscribed to that account.

I’ll still write about everything I do about Redis and about anything else I like or think and I want to share with the world, here in my blog. I’ll modify the blog code in the next days to make it better for short posts, that will be presented as short messages with a date directly in the front page. I’ll study a bit what is the best solution to have an easy to follow blog about development, with small continuous updates and bigger posts from time to time.

[So much for the twitterverse. One day people will see the incredible value of blogs. They’re not passé, done, dead, or over. They’re one of the single greatest things since Gutenberg. ]

Source: antirez weblog