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'[OT]:: Google patents years ol NZ technology'
2007\09\10@202838 by Russell McMahon

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Google continues to redefine the meaning of "evil" as in "Don't be
evil".

       http://computerworld.co.nz/news.nsf/news/286BECD669016003CC25734F000C61CF?opendocument&utm_source=topnews&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=topnews

Essentially, paying for services using SMS.
Apart from the fact that it's blindingly obvious and wholly lacking on
novelty, it's been being used here for the last 6 years or so.




           Russell


2007\09\12@080039 by Howard Winter

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On Tue, 11 Sep 2007 12:28:43 +1200, Russell McMahon wrote:

> Google continues to redefine the meaning of "evil" as in "Don't be
> evil".

Not quite sure I understand your banter there, old chap!  :-)

> Essentially, paying for services using SMS.
> Apart from the fact that it's blindingly obvious and wholly lacking on
> novelty, it's been being used here for the last 6 years or so.

Yes, and the London "Congestion Charge" has been payable by SMS for a while, too.

Cheers,


Howard Winter
St.Albans, England



'[OT]:: Google patents years ol NZ technology'
2007\10\12@115845 by Robert Rolf
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Howard Winter wrote:
> On Tue, 11 Sep 2007 12:28:43 +1200, Russell McMahon wrote:
>
>
>>Google continues to redefine the meaning of "evil" as in "Don't be
>>evil".
>
> Not quite sure I understand your banter there, old chap!  :-)
>
>>Essentially, paying for services using SMS.
>>Apart from the fact that it's blindingly obvious and wholly lacking on
>>novelty, it's been being used here for the last 6 years or so.
>
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> Yes, and the London "Congestion Charge" has been payable by SMS for a while, too.

It just goes to show you how BROKEN the US patent system has become.

Any 'prior art' search by the examiners should have turned up Fronde's
'prior art' and disallowed Googles patent application.

But a patent is only of value if you have the money to enforce it.
Both players have money, and much money to be made from such a patent,
so this could get very messy.

R

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