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Commercial Internet > Summary

The Commercial Internet encompasses a wide range of commercial activity on the web including: E-commerce/Marketplaces, Search/Advertising, Cloud Services, Social Networking, and Online Gaming. Some of the major companies in the industry are Google, Amazon, eBay, Facebook, and Zynga.
The Internet of People runs to billions of devices already. The Internet of Things will involve ubiquitous smart objects that sense and communicate directly over the... Read More »
Hungary wants to tax internet data transfers | The Verge Late on Tuesday, the Hungarian government proposed a controversial way of dealing with a national budget... Read More »
Apple Pay Will Work Outside the U.S., But There's a Catch Although Apple Pay is officially only launched in the U.S., you can use it in other countries under the right... Read More »
The Next Big Thing In E-Commerce: Online Labor Marketplaces - Forbes Online labor marketplaces that allow consumers and businesses to contract with freelance labor... Read More »
Says explosion of smartphone patent litigation is "natural and reasonable." "David Kappos, the head of the United States Patent and Trademark Office... Read More »
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Ruth DemuthWow. I don't know about that. I think a lot of us would agree that software patents are a bad tax on innovation. I almost can't believe Kappos said this.
Jun 19, 2013
Hacker news surveys developers on whether they supported software patents or not. Overwhelming majority is against them. I'm know sure if mass opinion is the best... Read More »
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Ruth DemuthHaha, big surprise, almost NO ONE likes them. I think it's a huge sign that something is wrong when almost none of the people who would be creating the kind of stuff that gets a software patent thinks they are a good idea!
Jun 19, 2013
Richard Stallman on software patents! He wrote this wired opinion awhile ago but I just discovered it. He makes a good point that even if you change the... Read More »
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Christi MillerI don't think this is the way to go. Patents can be good if they are awarded appropriately and it's fair to reward inventors for things they truly invent, even if it's software. If we went Stallman's way, developers who had legitimate inventions/patents would have little recourse to actually enforce them.
Jun 17, 2013
Not sure what to think of this. The German parliament basically came out and said "stop granting software patents". Pretty strong stance IMO. Leaves room for ... Read More »
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Christi MillerI definitely think it's an overreaction. You don't need to get rid of such patents entirely. It makes more sense just to make them harder to patent. The patent system can promote innovation, when it works right. The problem is a lot of 'bad' software patents with too broad of a reach.
Jun 17, 2013
New Zealand's government eliminated software patents entirely in May, with lots of backing from the IT industry there. IT industry backs software patent change -... Read More »
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Joshua BowlingI wonder how this has evolved in the time since May. Have it helped with the problems they thought it would? Is NZ a big enough player that it really matters?
Jun 17, 2013
Ruth DemuthWho knows. Banning software patents outright is a pretty intense move. I mean...maybe some of them are OK? Or maybe they could have shorter terms or something. I liked Richard Stallman's idea about limiting their effects
Jun 17, 2013