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Social Networking patents always seem to stir up controversy.  One of the most successful social networking portfolios was the Friendster portfolio, which was bought by Facebook last year for almost 40 million dollars.  With that in mind, I wanted to take a look at what other early social networking portfolios are out there. As is [&hellip

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Can Apple Find a Friend in Glympse

Glympse, a location sharing startup, allows contacts to share their geographic location with each other for a preset period of time.  The company was started in 2008 by Microsoft alums Bryan Trussel and Steve Miller.  Th Glympse App is available for Android, iPhone, WinPhone7 and Blackberry. With the recent release of Apple’s iOS5, Apple introduced [&hellip

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Is Apple SIRI-ous about IP?

Siri can no longer be considered a startup since it is now part of Apple.  However, not long ago, Siri was one of the most exciting young companies participating in the Apple app store.  By now, everyone is eagerly anticipating Apple’s new Siri personal assistant in the and about to be released iPhone 4s.  It [&hellip

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Twitter and “pull down to refresh”

Twitter is arguably one of today’s hottest companies.  In its early days, Twitter suffered from frequent outages due to spikes in demand.  However, these problems appear to be well in the rearview mirror.  The company launched in July 2006 and so it would be expected that within the past five years Twitter has amassed an [&hellip

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Spotify had its IP eyes on the U.S. before launching in Europe

By now, most people have an opinion on Spotify, the new (to the United States) music streaming service.  Spotify started off being available only in Europe and has recently reached content deals with the major U.S. record labels, making it available in the U.S.  Spotify prepared for their U.S. launch by filing for  Intellectual Property [&hellip

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Bitcasa gets an early start on IP acquisition

If you haven’t yet heard of Bitcasa, you probably soon will.  Bitcasa provides limitless cloud storage for only $10 per month and has received $1.3 million in investment from such heavyweights as Andreeson Horowitz, First Round Capital and Pelion Venture Partners.  The company is currently a TechCrunch Disrupt finalist. What’s most interesting about Bitcasa is [&hellip

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