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Must Read Financial Blogs: Can 17,000 Patents Help Android Win a Legal Cold War?


Minyanville's daily roundup of some of the best financial commentary from around the Web.

This column highlights the most interesting and useful business and financial commentary from around the Web each day. Feel free to send along your own suggestions for blog content that you've read or written.

Link: Can 17,000 Patents Help Android Win a Legal Cold War?

""Patent lawsuit filed against Android" has become a distressingly familiar headline for Google and its hardware partners. With Microsoft signing license agreements covering more than 50 percent of Android phones, Apple working the courts to block sales of HTC and Samsung devices, and various lawsuits launched by rivals from Oracle to BT, the Android mobile operating system is stumbling through a legal minefield. It's fair to complain that the patent system itself is broken, as we've done on numerous occasions. Google has publicly bemoaned what it calls "a hostile, organized campaign against Android by Microsoft, Oracle, Apple and other companies, waged through bogus patents." But expecting the patent system to change overnight is a "pipe dream," says Michael Carrier, an antitrust scholar at Rutgers-Camden." (For related content, see How the Android Market Evolved.)

Total Return
Link: The Ron Paul Portfolio

"Republican presidential candidate Rep. Ron Paul marches to his own drummer in politics – and in his investment portfolio, too.
Here at Total Return, we've looked at hundreds of the annual financial-disclosure forms in which the members of Congress reveal their assets and trades – and we've never seen a more unorthodox portfolio than Ron Paul's. (In fact, The Wall Street Journal revealed problematic trading in Congress more than a year and a half before the "60 Minutes" episode that recently raised a ruckus over the same topic, but that's another matter.)"

The Contrary Investing Report
Link: The Dangerous Negative Feedback Loop of Global Balance Sheet Recessions

"If you were hoping Santa would bring a thorough analysis of the worldwide debt crisis, along with a thoughtful economic and investment outlook for 2012, have we got an early Christmas present for you! Our friend and regular contributor, financial analyst Glenn Cohen, has been kind enough to share his confidential December 2011 Cohen Plan monthly report with us today. It's an excellent piece, filled with statistics, charts, and historical references about the ongoing – and worsening – global debt crisis. Pollyannas beware – this hard slap of reality should have you reaching for the egg nog! You are welcome to read and download a copy of this report."

All Things Digital
Link: Maybe Apple's Newsstand Really Was a Present for Publishers

"When Apple launched its Newsstand feature in iTunes this fall, the idea was that giving newspaper and magazine publishers their own dedicated shelf space - for those who signed on to Apple's subscription program – would boost sales. And perhaps it has. After the feature launched in October, there were a flurry of press releases and reports about increases in downloads and activity, though every report I saw listed percentage increases, not actual numbers."

Capital Gains and Games
Link: The End Of The Dollar Coin Is Near

"I'm a little late to this party, but, because of an overwhelming lack of interest, the White House on December 13 announced the end of the presidential dollar coin program. That should be the end of dollar coins in the United States for a long,long time. As I said in late September and early October, I have a great deal of personal history with the dollar coin and am very familiar with the coin-vs.-bill cost analyses. In general, the coin is better from a budget perspective because it costs far less for the government to keep a coin than a bill in circulation. Those savings only materialize, however, if the dollar coin is a substitute for rather than an addition to the bill."

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