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Friday News: Paper towels v. Air Dryers; a charity for books; Google keeping the fleshly photos hidden by default

Friday News: Paper towels v. Air Dryers; a charity for books;...

Wednesday News: Apple’s patents rejected; Rubber duck floats down the Thames; Rise of the author brand

Wednesday News: Apple’s patents rejected; Rubber duck floats down the Thames;...

Rubber Duck Thames

A computer-implemented method for use in conjunction with a computing device with a touch screen display comprises: detecting one or more finger contacts with the touch screen display, applying one or more heuristics to the one or more finger contacts to determine a command for the device, and processing the command. The one or more heuristics comprise: a heuristic for determining that the one or more finger contacts correspond to a one-dimensional vertical screen scrolling command, a heuristic for determining that the one or more finger contacts correspond to a two-dimensional screen translation command, and a heuristic for determining that the one or more finger contacts correspond to a command to transition from displaying a respective item in a set of items to displaying a next item in the set of items.

This and others are the basis for Apple’s suit against Samsung, a suit it won at the trial court. Experts say that the patents deemed invalid at this point can go on to win approval but even the USPTO making this step is important. Foss Patents