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Facebook Says It Owns 'Book' 483

Posted by samzenpus
from the first-book dept.
An anonymous reader writes "The Chicago Tribune is reporting that Facebook has sued a tiny start-up called Teachbook.com over the use of 'book' in its name. The start-up, which has two employees, aims to provide tools for teachers to manage their classrooms and share lesson plans and other resources. 'Effectively they're bombing a mosquito here, and we're not sure why they want to do that,' Teachbook.com co-director Greg Shrader told the Tribune. Facebook said its use of 'book' in its name is 'highly distinctive in the context of online communities and networking websites.' Facebook apparently is alleging that no other online 'network of people' can use the word 'book' in its name without violating its trademark."

Comment: Re:Huh? (Score 1) 945

by extintor (#30890550) Attached to: The Apple Paradox, Closed Culture & Free-Thinking Fans

Or it illustrates the fact that people who gravitate to the Mac are interested in a tool they can use and, say, Linux users are interested in a toy (and I mean that in a good way- I love me my toys) they can fiddle with.

These "toys" run quite a lot of enterprises, maybe you should state in what context we are talking. Workstations? Laptops? Servers? etc.

Comment: WRT-160NL (Score 4, Informative) 376

by extintor (#30248774) Attached to: Home Router For High-Speed Connection?

I have a 100/10 mbit (fiber, no modems etc) line at home and use a Linksys WRT-160NL. When I do heavy file transfer (downloading, mainly from big FTPs like universities and such) the speed is around 90 mbits (~9.5 Mb/sec).
I highly recommend it. And if you're extra geeky, I know that there's a OpenWRT port being worked on, but it's not finished yet.

Comment: Re:Deserved (Score 1) 425

by extintor (#25380689) Attached to: Paul Krugman Awarded Nobel Prize For Economics

I'm not saying that Paul Krugman does not deserve a Nobel Prize, but I would like to point out that the judging and awarding process of said prize is subject to the political agenda of those involved, just like the wording of this submission.

I'm not sure what the National Swedish Bank have for hidden agenda... And oh, it's not a Nobel prize :)

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