No, Samsung did not try to pay Apple its $1bn fine in nickels its dumb meme of the day.
According to the rumour mills, the story goes that:
This morning more than 30 trucks filled up with coins of 5 cents arrived at Apple’s headquarters in California. Initially, the security company that protects the facility said it was diverted to the wrong place, but minutes later, Tim Cook (Apple CEO) received a call from Samsung CEO explaining that they will pay $1 billion dollars for the fine recently ruled against the South Korean company in this way.
the funny part is that the signed document does not specify a single payment method, so Samsung is entitled to send him to the creators of the iPhone its billion dollars as they deem best.
This dirty but genius geek troll play is a new headache to Apple executives in the sense of the method that they need to apply for counting all that money, check if it is complete and try to deposit it crossing fingers to hope a bank will accept to receive that.
Lee Kun-hee, Chairman of Samsung Electronics, told the media that his company is not going to be intimidated by a group of “geeks with style” and that if they want to play dirty, they also know how to do it.
You can use your coins to buy refreshments at the little machine for life or melt the coins to make computers, that’s not my problem, I already paid them and fulfilled the law.
A total of 20 billion coins, deliver hope to finish this week.
The story actually originated on El Deforma, described (by many) as “an Onion-like Mexican website” – that is, specialising in fake news. Here’s the original.
It needs to be remembered that Samsung’s $1.049 bn fine could go up if Judge Lucy Koh decides so on 20 September or 6 December. The $1 bn fine was decided by the jury and the Judge can increase the amount in the post-trial proceedings.