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[ NNSquad ] Apple patent would disable phone based on location

Apple patent would disable phone based on location

http://j.mp/PZNegI  (NBC)

  "Among a bevy of patents awarded to Apple this week was one that would
   enable or disable certain features of a phone depending on its
   location. It could be useful, but it also raises serious questions
   about who really owns your device."

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A lot of ideas are patented but never used.  Anyway, without reading
the patent in detail, I'd note there are a variety of apps (that
probably postdate the patent application) that do this already.  One
problem with any attempt to enforce such a regime is that you need
everyone to have phones carrying the capability, and you have to be
ready for the litigation exposure if (for example) an important call
or message is blocked by such a system.  It doesn't take much
imagination to think of a bunch of other exposure examples as well.

Lauren Weinstein (lauren@vortex.com): http://www.vortex.com/lauren 
Co-Founder: People For Internet Responsibility: http://www.pfir.org/pfir-info
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