Apple Hits Google in Patent Ruling

    MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA - FEBRUARY 02:  A reporter uses a cell phone to take a photograph of Google Android 3.0 Honeycomb OS being used on a Motorola Xoon tablet during a press event at Google headquarters on February 2, 2011 in Mountain View, California.  Google unveiled its Android Honeycomb operating system, the first Android operating system designed specifically for tablets.  (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

    Justin Sullivan

    Apple 1, Google 0. A federal trade agency ruled Monday that HTC infringed on an Apple patent that allows users to place calls by tapping phone numbers that appear in emails or text messages. The “data tapping” case is a narrow victory for Apple, but it’s the first definitive ruling in the smartphone patent wars—and may be the first of many Apple victories against the Google-crafted Android platform. Apple maintained its original stance against Android in a statement: “We think competition is healthy, but competitors should create their own original technology, not steal ours.”

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