I think not!
But check this out...
InformationWeek reported Friday that Facebook has patented a method of "dynamically providing a news feed about users of a social network." The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office awarded U.S. Patent No. 7,669,123 on Tuesday. Facebook first applied for it in 2006, the story says.
The patent includes 25 separate claims. According to the patent summary:
As writer Paul McDougall points out, the patent could pose problems for other social networks that compile user activity feeds. It depends on how Facebook enforces its rights and how the courts decide to interpret the patent.
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It will be interesting to see what HP does, if anything, in response to this.
I like it better here too. Simpler. Not all the hoopla and pointless garbage. This just seems more real.
I don't like these types of broad generic patents. If anything they stifle invention and put other web sites at a disadvantage.
How hard is it really to do a few database queries and display it in a activity feed? Rather easy in my opinion.
Does this mean an Ajax feed of the latest this or that are in violation now?
Im on facebook - boring - although some of my friends like it as they play games like mafia wars and farming - I guess it is a required taste - it certainly is not for writers - can I call myself a writer ha ha
Not the first time FB have appeared to be ethically challenged.
Can they really do that? I hope not. Why would they want to do that? Questionable at the least. Thanks for this, it's good to know whats going on.
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