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Despite being a very vocal opponent of software patents and how they’re used, Google recently applied for a patent on its variant of a slide-to-unlock feature. If you’ve ever participated in, or even observed, the heated debates over software patents, then you’re likely familiar with Apple’s slide-to-unlock patents (the first issued in 2010; the second issued this year). It’s a controversial topic and Google’s attempt to get into this patent space is interesting — so let’s take a closer look at what’s actually going on. | The Verge


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Follow Up of the Day: Faced with mounting pressure from its customer base and a proposed “Move Your Domain Day” that called for users to transfer their domains to other registrars, GoDaddy announced just moments ago that it has reversed its decision to support the Stop Online Piracy Act.
“Fighting online piracy is of the utmost importance, which is why GoDaddy has been working to help craft revisions to this legislation – but we can clearly do better,” said CEO Warren Adelman.
The company has pulled down a post that outlined the reasons it supported SOPA in the first place, in order to “eliminate any confusion” about its position.
This leaves a grand total of zero Internet companies on the House’s official list of SOPA supporters.


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