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Apple Hits 15b App Store Downloads, But Loses "App Store" Name Skirmish 183

Coldeagle writes "Apple has been dealt a blow in its 'App Store' trademark case, with a federal judge denying its request for an injunction to stop Amazon from using the term." Apple probably wouldn't trade the name exclusivity it seeks, though, for the success they've found with the business model; the company announced today that the App Store has reached 15 billion downloads.
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Apple Hits 15b App Store Downloads, But Loses "App Store" Name Skirmish

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  • Re:Thank god (Score:2, Insightful)

    by Lord Kano ( 13027 ) on Friday July 08, 2011 @12:10AM (#36690806) Homepage Journal

    If Microsoft was able to successfully defend their "Windows" trademark, Apple had a fighting chance. Fortunately, in this case, sanity won the day.
    It could have just as easily gone in their favor.


  • Re:Nerds Love UNIX (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Microlith ( 54737 ) on Friday July 08, 2011 @12:36AM (#36690948)

    It's too bad they had to go and declare true nerds the enemy with their iProducts. After using my 2006 MacBook and enjoying every minute of using OS X, they had to go and take a hostile approach to software development and control over things they sold.

    I can't support them now. And sadly that means the now reduced OS X partition on my MacBook likely won't be seeing Lion, despite having seen up through Snow Leopard.

  • by Microlith ( 54737 ) on Friday July 08, 2011 @01:29AM (#36691174)

    You have no idea what the hell you are talking about. That's still a very powerful UNIX platform.

    But unlike OS X, they refuse to give it to you. They fight you over it, making you waste time breaking their locks while funding them at the same time.

    True nerds don't care about locks; they unlock them instead of whining about the existence of same

    But why? Why should people support a company that tried to get the DMCA to apply to Jailbeaks? Why should they have to hack around deliberately placed locks to regain functionality that would otherwise exist by default? Why buy from a company that is hostile towards you?

    Apple is very hostile to advanced, technical users, no matter how you slice it.

  • Re:Nerds Love UNIX (Score:3, Insightful)

    by Microlith ( 54737 ) on Friday July 08, 2011 @01:31AM (#36691182)

    Perhaps you did not read what I said.

    I gave up on Apple, despite enjoying OS X, precisely because of how they behave towards more technical users that enjoyed OS X's capabilities. And you know as well as I that the hostility doesn't extend to OS X (yet.) Apple sees mobile as the future of computing (hence the "post-PC era" comments from Jobs), however they give users none of the flexibility offered by OS X, not even the option. Instead they are actively fighting against it, picking and choosing who gets to "innovate" and who is permanently locked out. They were even ready to try and apply US Federal laws against people creating jailbreaks.

    That's why I have stopped using OS X, and why I cannot support Apple. They've gone 180 from where I saw them when I got my MacBook.

  • by retchdog ( 1319261 ) on Friday July 08, 2011 @02:17AM (#36691400) Journal

    first, there is no "X11 Windows"; it is the "X Window System (version 11)".

    also all citations i can find indicate that you're wrong about the trademark. for one, look to the devil itself []: "Windows is a registered trademark of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and other countries."

    it's an abusive invalid mark and that's how they were able to sue (and decimate) lindows (now linspire). microsoft then settled because they knew they would lose if the case were carried through.

  • 15 billion? (Score:2, Insightful)

    by swell ( 195815 ) <jabberwock@ p o> on Friday July 08, 2011 @03:25AM (#36691690)

    "App Store has reached 15 billion downloads."

    And how many of those were the weekly 'updates'? I've noticed that certain companies publish frequent updates to their freeware which are actually reminders to buy the paid version. A single App may be downloaded several times in a month or a year due to these 'updates'. I suppose Apple is counting them as unique downloads.

  • Re:Thank god (Score:2, Insightful)

    by MrHanky ( 141717 ) on Friday July 08, 2011 @06:26AM (#36692386) Homepage Journal

    As one of the consistent anti-Apple posters here the last few years, I'll just let you know that the reason why I bother with it is people like you. All since the introduction of OS X made Apple somewhat geek-credible, Slashdot has been swamped by fanboys of your kind, people who do nothing but advertise one company's products. Most of the time, you're full of shit. In the end, people get fed up with it and point it out. People like you remove any reason to add, for balance, that Apple's laptops are kind of nice.

    You do tolerate "misfactual statements". You make them regularly yourself. Even now:

    Frankly it's also a desire to see Open Source and other modern digital rights succeed. I've seen Apple become one of the few large companies championing those rights on auger level, thus I support them so in turn they can continue to help open up digital rights further and prevent collapse into a maelstrom of media company interests.

    Right. Since blocking support for open formats like Vorbis, WebM, etc., is championing of open source. You're just an astroturfing liar.

  • Re:Nerds Love UNIX (Score:3, Insightful)

    by BasilBrush ( 643681 ) on Friday July 08, 2011 @06:44AM (#36692432)

    Apple's refusal after saying they would make 64bit APIs for certain GUI. The reason why Photoshop had to skip a 64bit version for OS X and completely rewrite their UI for OS X in the next major version so it could do 64bit.

    You mean Carbon? Apple never promised a 64 bit version of Carbon, and indeed Carbon was always intended as a temporary API to get developers over from OS 9. And that was more than 10 years ago. Adobe was at fault for not moving on when nearly every other developer had. Adobe wrongly thought they had the clout to make Apple do the work of continuing Carbon so they wouldn't have to do the work of modernising Photoshop.

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