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Apple's threat to sue companies that use the word "Pod" in product names is reminiscent of the bully-boy tactics that made Microsoft so unpopular in the 1990s

By P L   October 2006

Peas in a Pod™

Fears that Apple aims to become the Microsoft of the music download business by using proprietary technology to lock in the dominance of iTunes have already attracted the scrutiny of Nordic competition watchdogs. So it is a worrying indication of Apple’s monopolistic intentions that it is laying legal claim to the word “Pod,” threatening to sue companies that use the word as part of their product names for infringing its iPod trademark. It is already taking action against the small start-up that makes the Profit Pod, an infrared scanner used to record activity on video-arcade…

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