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Dr. Gadget looks back: The year of high pitched battles

Dr. Gadget looks at some of the most intensive rivalries in the tech world in the year 2012

Phew, what a year that was! Several high pitched battles were fought this year, mega compensations were awarded, settlements were reached at and some battles are still being fought. Dr. Gadget looks back.

The most boisterous fights in the tech world in 2012

1. Apple vs. Samsung, Google and others

2. Facebook vs. Authorities

3. Instagram vs. Twitter

Apple Vs. Samsung, Google and others
Apple sued Samsung for copying its designs in its Galaxy series of devices. A US court ordered Samsung to pay Apple $1.04 billion as compensation for violating its patents. The battle continued across the Atlantic as well, but Samsung prevailed in Europe as European judges refused Apple similar compensation as in the US.

While Samsung has appealed against the said order, Apple goes on adding Samsung’s phones to the court case. As their war rages on, a US judge has offered truce, while hinting that the compensation awarded to Apple might be reduced.

Apple, however, entered into an agreement with HTC and closed a deal with it. (Read: Patent war between Apple and HTC is over )

Facebook Vs. Authorities over the globe
Perhaps authorities all over the globe are wary of Facebook for its dabbling with privacy settings. Facebook has been accused for long for sharing personal data of users with advertisers for making money and watchdogs are pissed off with it for this very reason.

Facebook’s tryst with authorities was extensively covered at Money Times. Read: Private message rumor is false
Facebook inefficient in protecting privacy

Instagram Vs. Twitter
In its bid to be more like Instagram, Twitter infuriated the former. It is said to be working on a service that will allow users to organize their photographs just like on Instagram. (Read: You won’t need Instagram to organise photos on Twitter, now onwards)

Instagram hit back by cutting its umbilical cord with Twitter. It reportedly terminated the Twitter cards association, which means that Instagram photographs when shared on Twitter do not appear in the right format.