Facebook Sued Due to 'Like' Button

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I really don't care about facebook, sued it for millions, and killed it with a final blow by producing my own social network, then be sued by Zuckerberg. The life cycle of American business.
 

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What kind of company would sue over the thumbs up? What kind of world are we living in? Facebook should change it to the middle finger, lol.
 

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I just checked the calendar to make sure it's not April Fool's Day. Between Rembrandt and Fish, something was beautifully fishy.

Not to mention the first sentence. Read it again. It says that features of the site have joined the suit and are suing Facebook, if you read it real fast. At least, that's how I read it. I thought that the like feature was suing Facebook. Maybe I should go get some sleep.
 

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man, they really should fix these. patents should be something innovative, something that required research. not some shape or gesture that is common to nature or is part of everyday life.
 

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Facebook is a social networking site. One of the most basic elements of social interaction is to either "like" something, or "dislike" it (of which disliking something can be passively assumed by the lack of liking it).

Creating a social site that's based off rudimentary social interactions and not offering the ability to make others aware that one "likes" their friends content would make the website incomplete, and this functionality is implied by the nature of the site.

This is quite stupid.
 

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so, basically someone came up with the whole facebook system 5 years before face book, patented it, and than facebook used those patents as an example in their system...

you know, this is a case where i hope the troll wins, because they had everything, a competitor came by and more or less said great idea, we want it too.
 

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If facebook wasn't synonymous with "likes" then I'd say this is BS, but since it MAKES MONEY off the number of "likes" and people sell "likes" there may be something to this, considering he files a patent years earlier before the patent system was changed from "first to create" to "first to file"
 

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I have to side with FB on this, just because the idea of patenting a thumbs up is stupid and this is just another case of patents being abused.
 

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Everyone seems to be missing the point. It is not the 'thumb' that is patented but the software behind what it does. If Facebook has 'borrowed' that software then they are liable. It does seem as though they are as the article refers to them quoting the original patent in their own filing and therefore, acknowledging its existence.
 
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