Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 4th Jul 2012 23:08 UTC
Google Apparently, this is a major victory of the patent system. This, this right here, this is what the patent system has come to. This is the destructive effect it's having on this once beautiful industry. Thanks to trolls like Apple and Microsoft, basic, elemental functionality is being removed from devices people already own.
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Unified privacy policy
by fluxin on Wed 4th Jul 2012 23:34 UTC
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This could be the reason Google unified it's privacy policies and controlling installed apps online. By keeping a list of your apps online along with settings and all of the knowledge Google already maintains about you the only resource Google Now needs is a single source... Google!

In regards to the post, the entire patent system is a joke. We keep hearing about the big boys fighting each other, but sometimes we forget how scared people are in the US of even trying to start an idea for fear of litigation.

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