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[News] Microsoft is Trying to Patent Hardware for Patent Tax

  • Subject: [News] Microsoft is Trying to Patent Hardware for Patent Tax
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 06 Jul 2010 20:24:18 +0100
  • Followup-to: comp.os.linux.advocacy
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Embrace, Extend, Extinguish Still Lives

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| Even when everyone knows what M$ did with 
| non-interoperability over the last decade, 
| M$ is still at it. They have apparently 
| obtained a patent on battery-compartment 
| contacts that do the right thing whichever 
| end of a dry cell is inserted. If this 
| becomes widespread, consumers will demand 
| everyone use the technology and M$ will rake 
| in the cash from yet another monopoly. Well, 
| they do need to diversify but they donât 
| need a monopoly to do it. They could earn 
| money the old-fashioned way, by earning it.


Dead 'Courier' walking: Microsoft gets dual-screen design patent


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Microsoft Awarded Patent for Dual-Screen Tablet

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| Microsoft received the patent this week and 
| TechFlash reports that this kind of patent 
| is good for 14 years, so Microsoft has until 
| 2024 to do something with this design.


Microsoft's Health-y Patent Appetite

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| theodp writes "This week's USPTO patent 
| application disclosures included a trifecta 
| of scary health-related 'inventions' from 
| Microsoft. For starters, Microsoft envisions 
| seeing Kids' Personal Health Records Fed 
| Into Video Games, where they can be used to 
| 'regulate and/or prescribe an individual's 
| behavior while playing electronic games.' 
| Next up is Centralized Healthcare Data 
| Management, which describes how employees' 
| health habits can be 'monitored, tracked or 
| otherwise discovered' so employers can 
| 'incentivize a user for an act or penalize 
| for an omission to act.' Finally, there's 
| Wearing Health on Your Sleeve, which 
| describes a sort of high-tech Scarlet Letter 
| designed to tip off 'doctors, potential 
| dates, etc.' about your unhealthy behavior 
| by converting information â 'number of 
| visits to the gym, workout activities, 
| frequency of workouts, heart rate readings, 
| blood pressure statistics, food consumption, 
| vitamin intake, etc.' â into a visual form 
| so that others can see the data 'on 
| mechanisms such as a mood ring, watch, 
| badge, on a website etc.'"

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