To show yet once again that Apple is the epitome of big bad business (don't listen to those hipsters), Apple is suing Amazon for their usage of the term "App Store", according to this Bloomberg report.
Amazon, in its development of an App Store (probably for a new Kindle, yes? - I'm not 100% sure about that one, anybody want to help?), is getting in hot water because, apparently, "App Store" belongs to Apple. Isn't that like saying "bakery" is an owned trademark? These things are called apps, so Amazon deserves to have its own "App Store". Apple is saying in its filing (no joke here) that customers will get confused by both stores being called App Stores and therefore, Apple should have sole rights to that name.
Yeah, no. I hope this gets thrown out. Trademarks can only apply to unique names - Apple App Store would be a unique name. App Store by itself? Not so much.
In yet another lawsuit this week, Microsoft is suing Barnes & Noble, in this report from Huffington Post. According to Microsoft, the Nook, Barnes and Noble's e-reader, is infringing on their patents for app technology. This is just one in a long line of suits filed by Microsoft over the Android technology that the Nook runs on. Microsoft has already sued Motorola over it, but has yet to go after Google, who technically created the programming.
My big question there is if their lawsuit is correct, why the hell are they going after the little boys instead of the big one? It seems fishy to me - maybe they'll try their hand at Motorola and Barnes & Noble first to see if they can win and then go after Google, armed with their previous wins. I really hate Microsoft now, though, because if a judge rules in favor of this, it could hurt Barnes & Noble to the point of extinction, since B&N is now relying heavily on the Nook for profits.
Without the Nook, Barnes & Noble becomes Borders. And we all know how that turns out.