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[News] Apple Does Evil with Software Patents

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Apple patents anti-user attention-complianceware

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| Apple's filed a patent on a design for a 
| device that won't let its owner use it 
| unless that person demonstrates that she 
| has complied with an advertiser's demands 
| by paying attention to an ad and taking 
| some action indicating her dutiful 
| attention.


Apple seeks OS-jacking advert patent

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| Apple has filed a patent application for an 
| intrusive ad-presentation system that 
| requires users to acknowledge adverts 
| before getting on with their work.


Apple Tries To Patent Annoying People With Intrusive Advertising That Requires Attention


Apple Wouldnât Risk Its Cool Over a Gimmick, Would It? 

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| Its distinctive feature is a design that 
| doesnât simply invite a user to pay 
| attention to an ad â it also compels 
| attention. The technology can freeze the 
| device until the user clicks a button or 
| answers a test question to demonstrate that 
| he or she has dutifully noticed the 
| commercial message. Because this technology 
| would be embedded in the innermost core of 
| the device, the ads could appear on the 
| screen at any time, no matter what one is 
| doing.



W3C sidesteps Apple over widget-patent

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| The W3C has spent the last three months
| poring over Apple's patent on remote
| updating, and the web standards organization
| thinks the patent can be avoided by careful
| wording and tweaking a couple of APIs.


Apple Wants Patents For Crippling Cellphones

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| "Evil is in the eye of the beholder, but there's certainly not
| much to like in the newly-disclosed Apple patent applications
| for Systems and Methods for Provisioning Computing Devices.
| Provisioning, says Apple, allows carriers to 'specify access
| limitations to certain device resources which may otherwise be
| available to users of the device.' So what problem are we
| trying to solve here? 'Mobile devices often have capabilities
| that the carriers do not want utilized on their networks,'
| explains Apple. 'Various applications on these devices may also
| need to be restricted.'"

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