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Google uses Apple playbook to bully Amazon over Echo Show UI

Google is slowly turning into Apple. It has begun by a tit-for-tat battle with Amazon, whereby YouTube videos won’t run on Echo Show,. Maybe next it will start lots of patent lawsuits and begin suing all and sundry – it will if it continues to turn into a second Apple. In these columns we have ridiculed Apple for its stance on intellectual property and its refusal to work with perfectly good technology, such as Adobe Flash, suggesting this will eventually come home to roost. But the lesson has been that if you are big enough and if you have a US jury trial, you can maintain your size with fairly vacuous claims. This is all about the coming platform wars.…

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