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Unformatted text preview: Edison tried to create his own receiver to avoid a court battle, but his attempts were inferior to Bell's. In addition, the British government ruled against Edison in 1880, in the court decision The Attorney General v. The Edison Telephone Company of London. Western Union worked out a deal with Bell that gave him control over Edison's transmitter patent in return for exclusive control over long-distance messages sent through telephone exchanges. Though he lost the battle over the telephone, Edison's experiments in this area led him to a new discovery: the phonograph. In November 1877, while testing a variety of telephone sound diaphragms, Edison stumbled upon the idea of using the diaphragm to play back sound. With some of his staff, he set up the diaphragm on an automatic telegraph stand and poked a small hole in it. They ran small pieces of paper underneath telegraph stand and poked a small hole in it....
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