SAN JOSE -- One of the guilty pleasures of covering a multi-billion dollar patent infringement case like Apple v. Samsung is you get permission to read the emails of industry executives, including luminaries like Steve Jobs. So, go ahead indulge yourself. Believe me, the rest of the tech world is doing it, too.
Let's start with a little one that's already generated a lot of buzz. Eddie Cue, head of Apple's retail outlets, sent an email to Apple's Tim Cook arguing the company ought to build seven-inch tablets. He argued that Steve Jobs was "very receptive" to the idea.
Read it again. They're talking about using a clickwheel with numbers around the periphery as a replacement for the standard cell phone numeric keypad. Apparently Samsung had done that (news to me) and Steve thought they screwed up by not having the numbers 3, 6 and 9 match their positions on a clock.