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+ - Slide to Unlock: The next invalid Apple patent?->

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netdemonboberb writes: "According to this article, Apple patents USPTO 7657849 and 8046721, regarding slide to unlock capabilities, are the next in the line of patents for technology that Apple didn't really invent but was just the only company brazen enough to file patents for. There are already four points that can invalidate the patent, described in the article, including prior art of another phone and an ACM Journal in 1992. Additionally, the patents are too general and cover almost any User Interface to unlock a phone. This is just another in a growing list of examples of how the US patent system is being abused, costing company budgets defending themselves from frivolous patents at the expense of innovation and technology growth."
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Comment: The cultural effect on government employees (Score 1) 451

by netdemonboberb (#29208667) Attached to: US Fed Gov. Says All Music Downloads Are Theft

What I'm most concerned is that this could have a cumulative effect on the culture of governmental employees to equate online radio and other forms of internet commerce for music in a bad light. I think this is bad for the industry and that the government is doing a disservice to internet commercialization of music.

Comment: Re:Apple's iTMS may beg to differ (Score 4, Interesting) 451

by netdemonboberb (#29208635) Attached to: US Fed Gov. Says All Music Downloads Are Theft

According to this, Pandora and radio streams are.. STEALING!

It's still downloading music.

This is all very interesting considering it was just ruled that Yahoo online internet radio should be royalty-free and only have to pay normal radio licensing fees:

Seen on a button at an SF Convention: Veteran of the Bermuda Triangle Expeditionary Force. 1990-1951.