by Mike Masnick
Wed, Jan 6th 2010 4:11am
Christopher alerts us to the news of an Apple patent application (20090325603) that was just published that appears quite similar to Google's location tracking service, Google Latitude. What makes this story more interesting is the fact that Apple barred Google Lattitude from the iPhone app store. Of course, Apple has a history of barring competitive apps, but that's also brought about regulatory scrutiny from the federal government over whether or not Apple is abusing its market position. Blocking an app while patenting the same thing certainly doesn't look good. But, of course, isn't that what patenting is all about? It's a government granted system for blocking competitors.
If you liked this post, you may also be interested in...
- FTC Warns AT&T Court Victory On Throttling Could Screw Consumers For Decades
- Come On Elon! Tesla Stupidly Bans Owners From Using Self-Driving Teslas For Uber
- Vox Seems Kind Of Upset That We're Building Gigabit Networks With Bandwidth To Spare
- FBI Lifts Gag Order On NSL Issued To Google... Which Doesn't Have Much To Say About It
- Techdirt Podcast Episode 94: The Headphone Jack Apocalypse!