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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Workaround
by some1 on Thu 5th Jul 2012 04:25 UTC
some1
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2010-10-05

If I read it correctly, the patent applies when you search on the device and network from the same field. Should not be very hard for Google to modify the search to go through the content they already have on their servers (email, calendar, chrome bookmarks and tabs etc), i.e. do all the search server-side. So if you already have all/most of your searchable data synced via Google (I do), you won't lose much. Sure, there are pros and cons compared to searching on the device, but seems like most of the functionality can be brought back.

Not that I don't find the patent in question absolutely ridiculous.

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