Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 14th Mar 2012 00:22 UTC
Legal "Yahoo has made good on its threat of last month and filed a patent infringement suit against Facebook." Yup, another patent battle. Great for innovation, this. Destroying the technology industry, one patent at a time.
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by WorknMan on Wed 14th Mar 2012 00:52 UTC
RE: Man ...
by muszek on Wed 14th Mar 2012 08:54 UTC in reply to "Man ..."
muszek Member since:
2007-04-25

I like to read about patent issues, particularly stuff written by Thom (I like the style and his point of view is pretty much the same with mine).

My post should probably end with some suggestion on what you could do if you don't like these stories, but I guess I'll break the rule and start this day peacefully ;) .

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by Zer0C001 on Wed 14th Mar 2012 13:32 UTC in reply to "RE: Man ..."
Zer0C001 Member since:
2011-12-22

I too like being informed about patent bullshit and knowing that I'm not the only one thinking this : "Destroying the technology industry, one patent at a time."

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by WorknMan on Thu 15th Mar 2012 06:13 UTC in reply to "RE: Man ..."
WorknMan Member since:
2005-11-13

My post should probably end with some suggestion on what you could do if you don't like these stories, but I guess I'll break the rule and start this day peacefully ;) .


No, those of us that are constantly bitching about it is the reason why he said he was going to dial the patent stories back ;) But I say if you're going to pick and choose which ones to post (which he should), why not concentrate on the ones where something/somebody actually gets shut down?

The more you post about 'company x sues company y over some overly broad patents', the less people like me are going to pay attention when something REALLY bad happens as a result of patents and you decide to tell us about it.

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by muszek on Thu 15th Mar 2012 08:38 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Man ..."
muszek Member since:
2007-04-25

or... the more Thom writes about patents, the more people get pissed off. And that's what we want - people being pissed off by patents ;)

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by WorknMan on Thu 15th Mar 2012 23:07 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Man ..."
WorknMan Member since:
2005-11-13

or... the more Thom writes about patents, the more people get pissed off. And that's what we want - people being pissed off by patents ;)


That's my point... they're not going to get pissed off about patents; they're just going to get annoyed by all the 'company x gets sued for violating slide to unlock patent' articles and start ignoring them altogether, and that's probably NOT what you want. That's why I say if you're going to pick and choose which ones to post, then post the ones that really count, like when a product gets banned from a certain country because of a patent dispute.

It's like the boy who cried wolf... if you make a big stink every time somebody gets sued, then eventually people just stop paying attention.

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Yellow pages ?
by Kochise on Wed 14th Mar 2012 09:25 UTC
Kochise
Member since:
2006-03-03

"Facebook’s entire social network model, which allows users to create profiles for and connect with, among other things, persons and businesses, is based on Yahoo!‘s patented social networking technology."

Is that a joke ? Especially this :

"...which allows users to create profiles for and connect with, among other things, persons and businesses..."

Yellow pages are on the line !

Kochise

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RE: Yellow pages ?
by zima on Sun 18th Mar 2012 17:01 UTC in reply to "Yellow pages ?"
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

See, moving such old concepts into the digital realm makes all the difference...

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Comment by MOS6510
by MOS6510 on Wed 14th Mar 2012 11:49 UTC
MOS6510
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2011-05-12

I didn't even know Yahoo! had a social network.

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RE: Comment by MOS6510
by Soulbender on Wed 14th Mar 2012 12:10 UTC in reply to "Comment by MOS6510"
Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

I didn't know Yahoo was still in business.

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RE: Comment by MOS6510
by Laurence on Wed 14th Mar 2012 12:44 UTC in reply to "Comment by MOS6510"
Laurence Member since:
2007-03-26

I didn't even know Yahoo! had a social network.

To be fair, back in the day Yahoo used to have some pretty nifty portals.

Back then, many search engines were web hosts, chat forums, offered free webmail - essentially the whole "cloud" stack - and Yahoo was (then) the best. Then came Google who changed the entire paradigm of search by providing a minimal, search-focused interface.

Ironically now things have come full circle and Google are now offering the entire stack while many rivals are predominantly focusing on search.

I guess in some ways, search providers like Yahoo and Lycos lead the way for Google and the numerous social networks we have today. Not that I think there's any merit to this patent law suit.

Edited 2012-03-14 12:52 UTC

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RE[2]: Comment by MOS6510
by MOS6510 on Wed 14th Mar 2012 12:54 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by MOS6510"
MOS6510 Member since:
2011-05-12

Well, I liked Yahoo! back in the days where you jumped from search engine to search engine when you didn't find what you were looking for and you were too lazy to install a tool that searched 4 or more search engines at once.

I have no idea what they do now. It seems they are still pretty popular in Asia.

In my address book I have 720 entries, 17 contain a Yahoo! address, 97 a Gmail one.

But I do wish them well. They are certainly part of Internet history and I'd hate to seen them become history themselves.

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Wow
by jackastor on Wed 14th Mar 2012 14:34 UTC
jackastor
Member since:
2009-05-05

Hey Yahoo, ever heard of dial-up BBS?

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