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Twitter Finally Patents the Concept of Twitter

Twitter – the actual concept of Twitter – is now patented. U.S. Patent 8,401,009 just went through, with Jack Dorsey and Biz Stone listed as inventors. It’s a vague and overarching concept of a “device independent message distribution platform,” first filed in 2007. Here’s the abstract (aptly titled, in the situation): A system (and method) for device-independent point to multipoint …

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Will Google+ Get Its Own Version Of Facebook’s Ticker?

Google has applied for a patent for something that sounds an awful lot like Facebook’s ticker feature. While we can only speculate on Google’s plans, it seems likely that they’re thinking about a similar kind of functionality on Google+. And why not? Bill Slawski at SEO By The Sea points to the patent filing for “Social Discovery of User Activity …

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Facebook Could Let Users Pay to Remove Ads, Customize Profile According to Patent

A patent application from Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg suggests that he, at some point, at least toyed with the idea of introducing a “paid profile” model that would allow users to customize what shows up on their profiles and, more importantly, get rids of ads. The patent, US20130030987 A1, doesn’t actually mention “Facebook” in particular – instead goes with less-specific …

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Google Is Working On Making Your Actual Life Searchable

Last summer, we took a look at how Google plans to see through your eyes (literally). This has a lot to do with Google Glass, but that’s not the only piece of the puzzle. Do you like the direction Google is going in? Is it getting too up close and personal, or is it taking the necessary steps to make …

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Report: Google “Actively” Thinking About Marketing A Smart Watch

One day in the near future, you may be wearing a Google watch to go with your Google Glass while you sit in your Google driverless car. According to a report this morning from Business Insider, Google is “actively exploring the idea of making its own smart watch,” and is “looking at ways it might be able to market” it. …

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TED Talks Discuss Patent Problems

These days, you can hardly go a day without seeing news about patent trolls or some kind of patent litigation plaguing businesses, especially in the technology industry. TED, which has been introducing some very interesting playlists from its numerous talks lately, compiled a list of six videos about problems with patents in a recent blog post. We’ve looked at the …

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Mark Cuban, Notch Donate 500K For Patent Reform

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), a nonprofit organization that champions the public intrest in digital rights battles, today announced that it has received two huge donations from very different entrepreneurs. Mark Cuban and Markus “Notch” Persson have each donated $250,000 dollars toward the EFF’s goal of reforming software patent laws. Cuban is the billionaire owner of the Dallas Mavericks and …

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EFF Needs Your Help In Stopping Dangerous 3D Printer Patents

The Electronic Frontier Foundation recently sent out a call to arms for help in identifying patents that could threaten continued innovation in the field. Through this, the group found a number of patents that could very well lead to stifled innovation. Now the group is enacting part two of its plan and they need your help. The EFF announced today …

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Major Media Outlets Targeted In Patent Suits

Major media outlets have been named in a series of patent infringement suits related to mobile phone apps and websites. Clouding IP is claiming such media giants as CNN, The New York Times, The Huffington Post, Fox News, Time, and Gannett infringe on its patent by “among other things, making using, offering for sale, selling and/or importing products and/or services …

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Verizon Patents A DVR That Spies On You

Verizon is moving into the targeted ad business in a big way. The wireless carrier announced a new campaign yesterday called Verizon Selects that would allow them to share a customer’s info with advertisers. Now the carrier has patented a device that makes its previous tracking efforts seem sophomorish in comparison. Ars Technica reports that Verizon has just filed a …

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Apple Throws Tantrum, Adds More Samsung Products To Lawsuit

Did you hear? Apple finally settled its patent disputes with HTC, and both companies can now move on. In fact, both companies signed a 10-year license agreement that allows the two to share any present and future patents between them. It’s sounds like a good deal, but it’s already causing problems for Apple. The Atlantic Wire reports that a judge …

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Apple, HTC Settle All Their Patent Lawsuits

Apple and HTC announced this weekend that they have reached a global settlement that dismisses all current patent lawsuits between the companies. In addition, the companies have signed a ten-year license agreement that extends to current and future patents held by both Apple and HTC. The “terms” of the settlement are confidential, so it is unknown how much money has …

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