Verge Open Thread: August 4-5th, 2012 (Archived)
It's the weekend and the guys have left the Meta office somewhat vacant, I'm Shaun McIlroy from Polynauts @ Polygon and I've broken in to bring you this weekends two-day long Verge Open Thread.
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The Windows team is "working on a replacement term" according to the memo, "and plans to land on that by the end of this week." Until then, employees have been advised to refer to the Metro style user interface as the "Windows 8 style UI."
The drama that's unfolded for over a year between mobile juggernauts Apple and Samsung has finally resulted in a trial in California. Apple says that Samsung was obsessed with beating it and that it ripped off its designs, while Samsung says its designs are original and that Apple's own patents are invalid.
Although Apple has long dismissed the viability of 7-inch tablets, the company has been talking about a smaller iPad internally for some time — and Steve Jobs himself was "very receptive" to the idea even though he had previously called 7-inch tablets "DOA" on an October 2010 earnings call.
Electronic Arts claims that Zynga poached executives and used their inside knowledge to create The Ville, an "unmistakable copy" of The Sims Social, according to a complaint filed today by EA.
NASA has announced funding for three private aerospace companies, pledging a total of $1.1 billion to help launch astronauts to the International Space Station from American soil.