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Re: MS Patents Snooping on Us - Patent #7039699

  • Subject: Re: MS Patents Snooping on Us - Patent #7039699
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 05 May 2006 18:49:22 +0100
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
  • Organization: schestowitz.com / MCC / Manchester University
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__/ [ nessuno@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx ] on Friday 05 May 2006 18:42 \__

> "Tracking usage behavior in computer systems
> "Abstract
> "A system and process for tracking users' usage of content in computer
> systems. The tracking and accumulation of content usage information
> allows content providers to understand more about their user base. In a
> computer system having numerous users, it is advantageous to provide
> relevant customized content in addition to any specifically requested
> content. By storing and processing content usage information for users
> in a computer system, customized content may be provided to a user
> based on the user's previous usage of similar content. In operation, a
> computer system hosting various content creates a unique identifier,
> having data storage space, for a given user of the computer system.
> When a user sends a request for content to the computer system, a
> unique identifier is created and/or updated with information relevant
> to a user's content request. The identifier is passed back to the user
> with the specifically desired content. When processing subsequent
> requests for content, the computer system updates the unique identifier
> with most recent usage information. In addition, the computer system
> processes the unique identifier for previous usage information in an
> effort to provide customized relevant content, in addition to the
> specifically desired content."

Also confer the following unnerving article from a former Microsoft manager:

,----[ Quote ]
| But the benefit to the web sites is much greater, because now they can
| pool and share their information about you. Let's take a hypothetical
| example that's possible today. Microsoft's online travel agency Expedia
| is a Passport web site, and Microsoft Investor is too. One day, Expedia
| could start offering higher fares to customers who have more than a
| million dollars in their Investor stock portfolio. There's not
| really anything technically impossible about this, and it's probably
| legal, too.


It is the danger of targetted, well-informed (intelligence/spying) delivery
of content with financial agendas in mind. Microsoft violate ethics by
exchanging browser cookies across Web sites and re-directing to fool the
innocent surfer.

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