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Comment it's all good (Score 3, Informative) 194

Unique device ID doesn't violate privacy whatsoever since there is no link to your name, address, etc..

It DOES however provide a great way of ensuring "trial" or "lite" apps handled by a server and doing what you intended in say limiting results or whatever.. it also is good for internal logs since you can refine your app by looking at how the app is used, both overall as well as individual patterns.

You don't need GPS, personal or any other information at all to provide LOTS of benefits and an IMPROVED app once you have a access to a unique ID that doesn't involve registering username or whatever as annoying websites do.

I think a credible business would disclose in an open way what server transactions are involved on a per-app basis and with our new server suite being rolled out I know we will provide a web page per app detailing this so it's all open and above board and the benefits given.

Comment pick a different name... really (Score 1) 483

Well yes it appears to be just a "teachers" version of facebook really.. way too close for facebook itself to ignore..

They're just (unnecessarily) buying themselves a whole bunch of aggravation by trading off the similarity in name recognition by hovering in the same domain.

Others with WAY different applications such as and would be well out of facebook's aim however.

Comment Re:Been done 100 times and more (Score 2) 54

.."not yet" being operative word.

So I implemented first mobile POI & friend-to-friend app on WAP handsets in 2000.. and now in 2010 on re-entry to market with GPS enabled iPhone if I want to host ads on top based on location (duh, obvious) I am open to legal threat by Google for even touching this entire concept?

Regardless of intent/preventative aspects its still just a granted land-grab, here I claim all this land west of the river thing..

I can't count the number of times this whole "get ads while you walk down the streets" was pushed and done in various forms in 99/00 dotcom era and while I hated the idea done that way Google shouldn't now be granted in 2010 patent on "location based ads".. shut down the entire world and hand it to them on platter?

Legal wrangling & threats get won by those with biggest pockets.. simple.. de-facto monopoly granting right there in one.. thanks USPTO


Google Awarded Broad Patent For Location-Based Advertising 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:Undercutting the market? (Score 2, Insightful) 300

No more concern than what Google is doing then.. they repeat the same give away method everywhere they turn and decimate business models of any already there making it VERY skewed.

With quarterly profit just announced US$1 Billion + they can afford to do this at competitors detriment who rely on "real" income in the normal way and who dont have benefit of large enough sise for ad support.

Good on someone with capacity to stick something back to Google for a change if thats what its going to do.


Moscow Police Watch Pre-Recorded Scenes On Surveillance Cams 114

An anonymous reader writes "During several months of 2009, Moscow police looked at fake pictures displayed on their monitors instead of what was supposed to be video from the city surveillance cams. The subcontractor providing the cams was paid on the basis of 'the number of working cams,' so he delivered pre-cooked pictures stored on his servers. The camera company CEO has been arrested."

Palm Pre and WebOS Get Native Gaming 49

rboatright writes "WebOS developers have been waiting, and with the 1.3.5 release, Palm's open source page suddenly listed SDL. Members of the WebOS internals team took that as a challenge and within 24 hours had a working port of Doom running in SDL on the Pre, in a webOS card. 48 hours later, they not only had Quake running, but had found in the latest LunaSysMgr the requirements to launch a native app from the webOS app launcher from an icon just like any other app. At the same time, the team demonstrated openGL apps running. With full native code support, with I/O available via SDL, developers now have a preview into Palm's future intent with regard to native code SDK's, and a hint of what's coming."

Apple Orders 10 Million Tablets? 221

Arvisp writes "According to a blog post by former Google China president Kai-Fu Lee, Apple plans to produce nearly 10 million tablets in the still-unannounced product's first year. If Lee's blog post is to be believed, Apple plans to sell nearly twice as many tablets as it did iPhones in the product's first year."

Scientists Say a Dirty Child Is a Healthy Child 331

Researchers from the School of Medicine at the University of California have shown that the more germs a child is exposed to, the better their immune system in later life. Their study found that keeping a child's skin too clean impaired the skin's ability to heal itself. From the article: "'These germs are actually good for us,' said Professor Richard Gallo, who led the research. Common bacterial species, known as staphylococci, which can cause inflammation when under the skin, are 'good bacteria' when on the surface, where they can reduce inflammation."

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