To anybody that hasn't been paying attention to tech news recently, Apple sued Samsung for patent infringement on many of it's mobile products. Essentially Apple is saying Samsung copied Apple's ideas with the iPhone and iOS.
On friday the jury ruled in favor of Apple and awarded them a 1.05 Billion (US) Dollar settlement saying the "evidence was overwhelming".
Here's a Pro-Apple article
and here's a Pro-Samsung (more anti-ruling) article
Personally I'm pretty anti-apple. Not because they don't make a good product (they do), more because they shut 3rd parties out. I understand having everything under one roof is to make it all work in sync but doing so COMPLETELY removes competition advancement from the tech world. Having full control over your products doesn't push you to make better ones and nearly the rate it would if you compete. The rate mobile phone tech has been advancing has been amazing and I personally think this ruling will slow it down, only so Apple can have more money.
"Stealing" technology has existed far before patent rights were invented and far after. Since though, one need only find the fine line where they aren't stealing tech but only using it as a rough idea on which to build a product different enough. It's a very slippery slope to allow a 'certain' amount of technology to be 'borrowed' before it becomes stealing but where do we draw the line? Did we just find out with this ruling?