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[News] Google, Microsoft Want Your Voice

  • Subject: [News] Google, Microsoft Want Your Voice
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 25 Nov 2007 05:12:33 +0000
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
  • Organization: Netscape / schestowitz.com
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Google, Microsoft building speech data banks

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| When Google Inc. blanketed parts of the country with advertising for its free 
| 411 directory service earlier this year, many saw it just as an example of 
| the typically ambitious company offering yet another new product.  


Watch the Microsoft patents below and feel queasy.


In Microsoft Patent App, TV Watches You

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| In a just-published patent application for delivering Advertising that is 
| relevant to a person, nine Microsoft inventors spell out plans for using 
| cameras, remote controls and biometric sensors...  


Advertising that is relevant to a person - classic case of patent trolling

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| Patent application Advertising that is relevant to a person just filed by 
| Microsoft is a splendid example of patent abuse or patent trolling.  


Microsoft patents the mother of all adware systems

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| The adware framework would leave almost no data untouched in its quest to 
| sell you stuff. It would inspect "user document files, user e-mail files, 
| user music files, downloaded podcasts, computer settings, computer status 
| messages (e.g., a low memory status or low printer ink)," and more. How could 
| we have been so blind as to not see the marketing value in computer status 
| messages?     


Microsoft patents Tivo for commercial breaks

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| Microsoft has patented the idea of inserting fresh advertisements
| into old recordings on personal video recorders, to ensure you see
| today's ads even if you're watching a recording from last week.


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