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So a few weeks back, Cisco unleashed its not-long-anticipated but incredibly named iPhone, prompting chuckles and a few mild strokes from executives and investors at Apple. Then, this week, Apple was like “BOOOYA!” and the world was like “BOOOYA!” and Cisco was like “I’m sure they’re just looking very carefully at the agreement we faxed over last night, and they’ll be sending us a big fat check in the mail any second now.” actually, the way it was reported on, it went like this:

Cisco calls CNET reporter with a statement about Apple’s use of the term “iPhone” for its new product. “Given Apple’s numerous requests for permission to use Cisco’s iPhone trademark over the past several years and our extensive discussions with them recently, it is our belief that with their announcement today, Apple intends to agree to the final document and public statements that were distributed to them last night and that address a few remaining items we expect to receive a signed agreement today.”

But now, it looks like Apple has decided to shred the thing they were thinking of signing, saying that lots of companies have been using the iPhone name, so just because Cisco got away with nabbing it legally shouldn’t mean that suddenly everyone has to follow the law. Or at least, they think they can get away with it for less than they would have to pay to do it all the way God intended — kickbacks to the sneaky-but-smart Cisco (What, they don’t have enough money already? They have to extort from Apple?)

Anyway, maybe Apple’s right and the claim that Cisco has won’t hold up. It might go to court, which would be fun, unquestionably fun. But in the meantime, the court of public opinion is in session.

I voted. You can too. And after you vote, you can view the results. And if you don’t like the way your vote looks among those results, just like real, official voting everywhere, you may change your vote.

Happy democracy.


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