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Talk of the Day -- HTC-Apple patent battle comes to happy ending
Apple Inc. has finally come to an end, with the two companies announcing a global settlement and licensing agreement Sunday.
Media reports said it marks the first time that Apple has agreed to settle a patent dispute with a smartphone maker that uses the Android operating system developed by another U.S. technology behemoth Google Inc. Apple's late co-founder Steve Jobs once said he was "prepared to go to thermonuclear war" to "destroy" the Android platform.
Local industry analysts said the settlement symbolizes to some extent Apple's recognition of HTC's innovative efforts in smartphone technology.