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[News] Apple and Google Strive for Monopolies with Software Patents

  • Subject: [News] Apple and Google Strive for Monopolies with Software Patents
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 08 Feb 2010 10:21:43 +0000
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Google seeks to patent new Web app tech

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| Google has filed at least four patent 
| applications for technology it's building 
| into its Chrome browser to try to make the 
| Web a more powerful foundation for 
| applications. 


Apple denying iPhone apps that use location framework for targeted ads

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| Apple this week notified iPhone developers 
| that they cannot use the device's GPS data 
| to serve location-aware advertisements to 
| users of App Store software.
| [..]
| One patent application described a dynamic 
| home screen that would display specific 
| applications automatically populated based 
| on factors like the current location of the 
| phone. For example, when traveling in San 
| Francisco, a specific "San Francisco" icon 
| could appear on the screen, and give users 
| easy access to local weather, time, maps 
| and contacts.


Apple tells devs that location-based advertising is a no-no

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| Apple doesn't appear to be opposed to 
| location-based targeted advertising in 
| principle. It has filed patents for 
| location-based targeted advertising, 
| especially in relation to offering 
| currently playing songs or videos at a 
| particular location for purchase via 
| iTunes.


Apple's Bans Go Way Too Far

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| Is Apple's banning iPhone applications that 
| would use location data for displaying 
| advertising not as onerous as anything 
| Microsoft tried--and mostly didn't get away 
| with?
| What about banning the word "Android" from 
| the App Store? Like Apple thinks it can 
| control the flow of information its 
| customers receive? Give me a break.


Hidden Dimensions

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| Back in the dark ages, around 1991, Apple 
| had some pretty cool Macs while PC users 
| were still mired in DOS. Apple was making 
| good money. Meanwhile, on the PC side, just 
| marrying a mouse with DOS was the big 
| thing. However, over time, Microsoft was 
| able to copy what Apple was doing with the 
| WIMP interface (Windows, Icons, Menus, 
| Pointing device).
| That was due in part to poor IP protections 
| and a strategic error made by John Sculley 
| who opened the door, contractually, to a 
| GUI for Microsoft back in the 1980s. That 
| resulted in a lawsuit by Apple against 
| Microsoft in 1988, one that Apple 
| eventually lost. (The fascinating saga has 
| been documented at Low End Mac.) Once that 
| GUI door was opened, Microsoft was 
| eventually able to mimic the Mac OS look 
| and feel. Today, many non-technical users 
| are not able to differentiate between 
| Windows 7 and Snow Leopard, and that has to 
| irk Apple.



Defective by Design delivers iPad anti-DRM petition with 5,000 signatures to Jobs -- more coming

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| The first 5,000 names have been printed on a
| four-foot tall "tablet" and shipped to
| Cupertino. Defective by Design will send a new
| tablet for every 5,000 signatures.


The Ipad might not be released in the EU

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| EXPENSIVE GADGET MAKER Apple is probably
| already regretting its daft name for its giant
| Ipod Touch, but it is looking like it will
| have a devil of a time using the Ipad name in
| the EU.


Android Tablets vs. Apple iPad: Comparison/Review

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| With the launch of Appleâs new iPad this week,
| everyone seems to have their eyes tuned into
| the tablet market. Well jump on over to
| Gizmodo for the full review and comparison of
| the iPad, HP Slate, JooJoo, and a few Android
| tablets (Notion Ink Adam, Dell Mini 5, Archos
| 7 Android).

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