"People like me used to be auteurs... Now I'm supposed to beg for attention. It's completely counterintuitive to why I became a musician in the first place and the personality of someone like me."
I'm sorry Billy Corgan, I totally didn't hear you there. I was too busy watching stuff on Hulu, listening to music at Spotify, planning my next gathering at MeetUp, reading interesting articles on PLoS, posting on Facebook, and learning things at the Khan Academy. Please whine at me more about having to beg for attention, these headphone are just so I can hear you better.
I was at a Richard Stallman (of GNU and FSF fame) talk and someone asked him about possible legal issues with 3D printing technology. He completely blew off the question as not being relevant any time soon. I was disappointed to see his lack of vision into the very near future.
It could be viewed as Google showing its hardware vendors that it has some skin in the game. I'm sure Google/Motorola will be a prime target for patent attacks. Thus Google will be in the trenches fighting patent attacks shoulder-to-shoulder with its vendors.