Apple's Piping Hot Innovation

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| In an application with the U.S. Patent Office filed on Dec. 20, the
| Cupertino, Calif.-based computer and gadget company described a wireless
| system that would allow customers to place an order at a store using a
| wireless device such as a media player, a wireless personal digital assistant
| or a cellphone.
|
| [...]
|
| Most cover relatively mundane technologies. Others, however, have stirred
| interest. Patent application #20070288886, unhelpfully titled "Run-Time Code
| Injection To Perform Checks," describes a system that would restrict the use
| of some software to "specific hardware platforms."
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http://www.forbes.com/technology/200...7appatent.html

Apple Trades at $200 for First Time

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| In a phone interview Wednesday, Caris & Co. analyst Shebly Seyrafi said he
| wasn't surprised that Apple hit the $200 mark.
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http://news.smh.com.au/apple-trades-...1227-1j2q.html

Quote for the day:

"The value of distribution through and promotion on the Windows desktop was
something that Netscape could not provide."

--David M. Colburn


Related:

Apple Applies For Automatic Shutdown and Piracy-Fighting Patents

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| The US Patent Office has revealed a number of recent patent filings by Apple.
|
| [...]
|
| Apple has thus-far resisted industry trends towards activation of software,
| and currently only uses such methods in some of its most costly professional
| software. While it is clear that Apple has been working on methods to combat
| piracy, it remains to be seen how far Apple will employ the methods in its
| software. Readers are reminded that only a portion of the applications filed
| end up making it to shipping products. * *
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http://www.macrumors.com/2007/12/20/...hting-patents/
http://tinyurl.com/3cfbbp


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.
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http://www.itwire.com/content/view/15474/1054/


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.
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http://www.theinquirer.net/default.aspx?article=41630


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.
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http://www.noheat.com/2007/06/22/mic...apple-patents/


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."
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http://lowendmac.com/orchard/06/0825.html