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Google Awarded Broad Patent For Location-Based Advertising 54 54

Mashable has a report of a patent that just issued (6-1/2 years after filing) — apparently Google now has a lock on location-based advertising. It's not clear that the search company intends to assert the patent against any other companies (such as emerging rival Apple), but it's useful as leverage. Here is the patent. Update: 03/02 14:34 GMT by S : Reader butlerm noted that the incorrect patent was linked. It now points to the correct URL.

Comment Re:It's so very odd..... (Score 1) 1376 1376

I totally disagree with the parent. Theism/Atheism is having faith in the existence OR non-existence of a god (not necessarily a Christian god). Agnosticism is the lack of faith either way, which sounds quite reasonable to me as nobody has actually provided proof one way or the other, at least as far as I'm concerned. Why is it so difficult for some people to admit they they do NOT have the answer to a long standing question?

Also, it's a shame about Ireland. I may have to rethink ever visiting.

Comment Re:If it's actually tasteful, I wouldn't mind so m (Score 1) 219 219

Books are the last advertisement-free stronghold, the last place we can turn for entertainment that does not come loaded with advertisements.

I agree with everything you said except this. I'm guessing you haven't had a good hike or picnic in a while?

"What I've done, of course, is total garbage." -- R. Willard, Pure Math 430a

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