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[News] [Rival] Amazon and Apple Are Patenting Utter Bulls*

  • Subject: [News] [Rival] Amazon and Apple Are Patenting Utter Bulls*
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 23 Nov 2007 03:43:43 +0000
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
  • Organization: Netscape / schestowitz.com
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Apple seeks patent for compactable disc adaptor

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| That seems pretty obvious to me. Doesn't prior art in a variety of industries 
| (including flat-pack furniture and telescopes) have these concepts covered? 
| I have no fundamental problem with the idea of patents, but to my mind the 
| degree of innovation behind this application is too trivial to deserve 
| protection.  


Amazon Sneaks One-Click Past the Patent System

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| By changing the word 'a' to 'the' and adding the phrase 'purchasable through 
| a shopping cart model,' lawyers for Amazon.com have apparently managed to 
| reinstate two of CEO Jeff Bezos' 1-Click Patent claims that were rejected a 
| month earlier.   



Amazon.com Launches Wireless Reader

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| The Linux-based device weighs 10.3 ounces, can store 200 titles on its 250 MB 
| of onboard flash memory, and its battery can hold a charge for two days with 
| the wireless feature on and seven days with it off, Amazon said. The reader 
| is made by a Chinese OEM and can be purchased on Amazon.com for $399.   


Kindle sold out

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| There is no telling if this is a consequence of consumer demand exceeding 
| Amazon's forecasts as to how many people would want this thing, or if Amazon 
| is taking a page out of Nintendo's book and creating a little product 
| scarcity to drum up business. All I know is I got mine in the mail today, and 
| I'm already in love.    
| Flop? I think not.


Red Hat, Amazon deliver Linux on demand

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| Red Hat made its Enterprise Linux OS available on demand Wednesday by 
| releasing it for the Amazon EC2 (Elastic Compute Cloud) service that hosts 
| business applications. The move is part of Red Hat's so-called "automation" 
| strategy, which aims to deliver a Linux and open-source infrastructure for 
| simplifying how applications run and are managed.    


Patent Reformers O'Reilly, Bezos Mum on 1-Click

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| Equally untalkative was Bezos, who deflected questions on the damage done by 
| Calveley's DIY legal effort, telling a Wall Street analyst to 'refer to our 
| public filings' (although nothing on the subject appears in the 8-K and 10-Q 
| filings).   


(Amazon's Open Source Strategy)
LIVE BLOG: MIT Emerging Tech (Morning)

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| In short, Amazon.com has launched several services
| that allow small companies to leverage the powerful
| tools of a big company such as Amazon.com. For instance,
| Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2), creates a virtual
| Web-based Linux server that a small company can rent
| at 10 cents per CPU hour...  Bezos also described a
| fulfillment center service that the company offers,
| wherein a company can request both warehouse space
| and order fulfillment services for their own products.
| Amazon is literally offering distribution to their
| competitors!
| It is, in short, open source business strategy.


USPTO Increases Scope Of Amazon's 1-Click Patent

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| It apparently found its way into the hands of a sympathetic (and impatient) 
| USPTO Examiner who had earlier defended his friends for approving 1-Click 
| in the first place and referred 1-Click naysayers to a letter to the WSJ 
| penned by the ex-Commissioner for Patents.


Open Source Communications and SIP Come to Amazon.com

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| If you have any doubt about the future of open source
| communications, consider it shattered: Amazon.com will soon be
| deploying 5,000 phones connected to the Pingtel ECS platform
| running on Linux. 
| The question is why would Amazon switch out their existing PBX, and
| the answer is that the leading e-commerce site already runs about
| 20,000 Red Hat Linux servers?so they are what you might call "comfortable"
| with Linux to begin with. This install will add three more Linux
| servers to the mix.


rPath Provides On-Ramp to Amazon Grid Services

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| Significantly, rPath does not use Red Hat Linux for its
| virtualization onramp. "Red Hat Linux is monolithic. One size
| fits all," said Marshall. Instead, rPath lets customers (who are
| ISVs and therefore presumably know a thing or two about how
| their products use OS features) pick and choose the pieces
| that are embedded into their offerings.


ElasticDrive Beta 0.1.6 - Amazon S3 FileSystem

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| Enomaly Inc has announced the release of ElasticDrive. ElasticDrive is a 
| network block device based upon the Amazon S3 (Simple Storage Service). 
| ElasticDrive provides a caching block device driver which pushes blocks to 
| and from S3 as if they were being written to a local block device.   
| [...]
| ElasticDrive provides this service through a virtual NBD service. The NBD 
| service translates from standard NBD to S3 packets transparently, so that the 
| client (the kernel) sees a generic block device. NBD is supported on almost 
| every linux kernel (including EC2). Simply modprobe nbd, and you are ready to 
| use ElasticDrive.    


Steve Jobs "nicked my battery design" 

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| He apparently contacted Apple with a request for the California firm to 
| change its product or else to license the patent. 


iPhone's keyboard prompts patent violation suit

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| SP Technologies filed a claim alleging that Apple has infringed on a patent 
| it was granted in 2004 for a "method and medium for computer readable 
| keyboard display incapable of user termination". 
| [...]
| SP Technologies is seeking "reasonable royalties" from Apple, which online 
| rumours have speculated could see compensation paid for each iPhone already 
| sold.  


Is the U.S. patent system in crisis? Apple, Google patent czars disagree

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| Chip Lutton, Apple chief patent counsel, said at a conference at
| Stanford University that the United States patent system is not 
| broken and he's not sure there's a crisis.


Microsoft infringing on one of Apple Patents?

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| Keep in mind I am not a patent researcher, and I am sure Apple is not 
| going to sue Microsoft for abusing one of their patents, but it does 
| at least look like Microsoft is abusing this patent. 


The Apple vs. Microsoft GUI Lawsuit

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| Without warning, Apple filed suit against Microsoft in federal court on
| March 17, 1988 for violating Apple's copyrights on the "visual displays"
| of the Macintosh. (Apple also filed suit against HP for its NewWave
| environment that ran on top of Windows 2.0.)
| Apple's suit included 189 contested visual displays that Apple
| believed violated its copyright.
| Microsoft countersued, but it failed to stem the bad publicity.
| Windows' development community was terrified that any court ordered
| changes to the software would render their products incompatiblea
| nd make Windows undesirable to consumers. Borland's CEO said itw
| as like "waking up and finding out that your partner might have
| AIDS."


Apple licenses UI tech as part of settlement

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| Settling a patent dispute that was brewing in the District Court for 
| the Eastern District of Texas with respect to certain, unnamed 
| Apple products, Acacia Research has announced that Apple will 
| now license specific GUI technology from its IP Innovation 
| subsidiary. 


Apple patents button-free mouse 

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| The new mouse does not have a scrolling ball or wheel.


Apple's interface held to the fire in dubious suit

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| An Illinois-based company and its Nevada partner have filed a lawsuit
| against Apple Inc., alleging that Mac OS X 10.4 "Tiger" treads on
| an interface patent that affects the operating system's nearly
| universal use of tabs.


Microsoft's stolen code and IP infringements

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| Soon, MS-DOS 6.0 was released, including the Microsoft DoubleSpace
| disk compression utility program. Stac successfully sued Microsoft
| for patent infringement regarding the compression algorithm
| used in DoubleSpace...
| F. Scott Deaver, owner of Failsafe Designs, says Microsoft is guilty of
| the "outright theft" of his product name and intellectual property
| (IP)...
| Alacritech sued Microsoft in Federal District Court on August 11,
| 2004, alleging that Microsoft's existing and future operating
| systems containing the "Chimney" TCP offload architecture uses
| Alacritech's proprietary SLIC Technology architecture...
| In April 2001, Intertrust initiated a lawsuit against Microsoft. The
| lawsuit ultimately accused Microsoft of infringing 11 of Intertrust's
| patents and almost 130 of the company's patent claims...
| Visto Corporation has filed a legal action against Microsoft for
| misappropriating Visto's intellectual property... "Microsoft has a
| long and well-documented history of acquiring the technology of
| others, branding it as their own, and entering new markets," said
| Mr. Bogosian...
| Telecoms company AT&T accused Microsoft of infringing its patent for
| a digital speech coder in its Window software in a lawsuit it filed
| in 2000...
| The likelihood of Microsoft having to pay millions of dollars in
| damages for infringing the contested Eolas patent for web browser
| technology increased last week when the US Patent and Trademark
| Office reaffirmed the patent's validity...
| A bitter fight has broken out between Symantec and Microsoft.
| Symantec claims that Microsoft stole code from Veritas software...


Is Microsoft infringing upon Xerox, Apple and Unix intellectual property?

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| Intellectual Property is a term widely abused in the software industry
| by firms such as Microsoft and SCO using it to scare people into not
| using certain products in favor of their own. This disparaging tactic
| has even been given a name: Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt (FUD). It seemst
| hat anyone nowadays can make bold, unsubstantiated claims of IP
| infringement without actually having any proof simply to hurt another
| products reputation and destroy healthy competition. In this article,
| we will explore what intellectual property is and why every computeru
| ser should care when unreputable companies abuse legal systems in
| order to gain an unfair business advantage.



Apple's Billion Dollar Patent Bluster

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| In our existing world of patent law, open source ideas can also come
| under threat by moneyed interests who hold patents. The accomplishments
| of free and open source collaborations often can't afford to license
| ideas that are patented, or wade through the complicated and expensive
| legal bureaucracy created to manage patents.  Patented ideas are
| proprietary by definition: proprietary simply means owned, and patents
| are granted to an owner. This creates contention and problems in the
| world of open source development, where the ownership of ideas is
| intentionally shared using licenses such as the GPL, which are
| designed to prevent exclusive control. Open source projects aren't
| the only casualties of patent warfare. Whenever a patent portfolio
| falls into the hands of attorneys hoping to fully exploit its
| potential value, the interests of both businesses and consumers
| are threatened....In such attacks, the most vulnerable are the
| unarmed: open source developers who don't even like the idea of
| software patents. Patent terror attacks on collaborative resources
| that benefit society present a major problem. 


New Patents Point to Apple Phone

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| Two Apple patent applications published on Thursday by the U.S.
| Patent and Trademark Office lend further weight to rumors of a
| forthcoming Apple mobile phone.
| The first, "Actuating user interface for media player," details
| the technology that will likely replace Apple's iPod scroll-wheel
| interface. Previous patent filings indicate that Apple has been
| working on a touch-screen interface that might suit a variety of
| portable devices.


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