StoutFiles - 1:00 pm on Mar 14, 2012 (gmt 0)
Imagine Yahoo won their claim to the Newsfeed on Facebook...Facebook would have to totally alter their functionality.
Yahoo didn't patent the Newsfeed, they patented a Dynamic Content Generator. Which means that practically every site on the web is breaking one of Yahoo's "patents".
Software patents are inherently silly. I could write a poem, and you could write a poem, and they would be completely different in words and structure, but now Yahoo has patented the poem and we must pay up. Unless the code is stolen, you should not be able to patent a general idea.
They even patented where to place ads on a site, how dumb is that? Someone from the patent office needs to step in and cancel all software patents.