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[News] Google Seeks Software Monopolies in USPTO, Red Hat Slams Trolls

  • Subject: [News] Google Seeks Software Monopolies in USPTO, Red Hat Slams Trolls
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 18 Feb 2010 00:55:22 +0000
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Google Patents Country-Specific Content Blocking

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| theodp writes "Today Google was awarded US 
| Patent No. 7,664,751 for its invention of 
| Variable User Interface Based on Document 
| Access Privileges, which the search giant 
| explains can be used to restrict what 
| Internet content people can see 'based on 
| geographical location information of the 
| user and based on access rights possessed 
| for the document.' From the patent: 'For 
| example, readers from the United States may 
| be given "partial" access to the document 
| while readers in Canada may be given "full" 
| access to the document. This may be because 
| the content provider has been granted full 
| rights in the document from the publisher 
| for Canadian readers but has not been 
| granted rights in the United States, so the 
| content provider may choose to only enable 
| fair use display for readers in the United 
| States.' Oh well, at least Google is 'no 
| longer willing to continue censoring 
| [their] results on Google.cn.'"


Calling a troll a troll

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| There is increasing recognition in the FOSS 
| ecosystem that troll lawsuits are a serious 
| problem for open source. This is an 
| unfortunate but real indicator of the 
| remarkable success of open source. As the 
| profits and profiles of open source 
| products have risen, even trolls have taken 
| note. So much for the good news. The bad 
| news is that trolls view open source like a 
| Somali pirate views a container ship â that 
| is, purely as a target. Troll lawsuits are 
| at best a tax on collaborative innovation 
| and at worst, for a particular target, an 
| existential threat.



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.

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