Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 24th Jun 2011 22:46 UTC
In the News As we reported earlier this week, Apple is busy sending out cease and desist letters to small, defenceless projects to defend its trademark application (it doesn't actually own the trademark yet) for 'app store'. This has prompted many a discussion over the trademarkability of such a generic term, and over the origins of the abbreviation 'app'. Who came up with it? How old is it? To my surprise - the abbreviation is much older than you'd think, and in a way, it illustrates quite well the demise of the programmer. What? Read on.
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by runjorel on Sat 25th Jun 2011 15:50 UTC
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Please forgive me for not leaving a comment based on the article content. However, I just have to say, Thom, it's amazing me to me that you can look at the word 'app' and write a whole essay pertaining to it while barely divulging into the whole trademark issue. I really appreciate the time and thought you put into things like this and who knew the word 'app' went all the way back to the 80s. Crazy. Good article!

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