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US PTO Goes for More Stupid

February 26, 2010 18:13:23.040

If this patent granted to Facebook isn't a sign of terminal stupidity at the patent office, I don't know what is:

Has Facebook patented the news, or at least the news feed, in social-networking environments? On Tuesday, the United States Patent Office granted Facebook a patent for "Dynamically providing a news feed about a user of a social network."

Heck, that seems like it could cover a widely read blog with registered users and threaded comments. Like, say, most of the political ones out there. Or Slashdot. Or Digg. Or... fill in the blanks. It's time to get a shovel, kill software patents, bury them, hose the ground over them with gas, and light it up.

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