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The Jury Is In: Samsung to Pay Apple $1.05 Billion

Trial of the summer ends with Apple as big winner

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The Jury Is In: Samsung to Pay Apple $1.05 Billion

Did Samsung copy the iPad? That's the question put before the jury Wednesday at the San Jose Federal Courthouse. And the answer came back this afternoon--for the most part, yes. The jury found Samsung guilty of willful infringement on six patents under question, including pinch and zoom, a feature called bounceback, and the homescreen's user interface; in the countersuit, Apple was found to have not infringed on Samsung's 3G wireless patents.

Today's verdict was a big win for Apple, and a lovely anniversary present for CEO Tim Cook, celebrating his first year at Apple's helm today.  Happy anniversary, Tim!

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Why Functional Programming Should Be the Future of Software Development

It’s hard to learn, but your code will produce fewer nasty surprises

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A plate of spaghetti made from code
Shira Inbar

You’d expectthe longest and most costly phase in the lifecycle of a software product to be the initial development of the system, when all those great features are first imagined and then created. In fact, the hardest part comes later, during the maintenance phase. That’s when programmers pay the price for the shortcuts they took during development.

So why did they take shortcuts? Maybe they didn’t realize that they were cutting any corners. Only when their code was deployed and exercised by a lot of users did its hidden flaws come to light. And maybe the developers were rushed. Time-to-market pressures would almost guarantee that their software will contain more bugs than it would otherwise.

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