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Patent Trolling Costs $500 Billion

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Lodsys is a company which purchases potentially great and super broad patents, and it employs these patents to threaten to litigate those who “might be infringing” on them. They do this by searching for a patent, finding out how many people are working on it and then they buy that patent.

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Apple app review service sells fake 5 star ratings on iTunes

Companies charge a fee to Application developers to post glorious reviews

Apple’s utopian iTunes application store has fallen victim to typical troll manipulation. Rob Walch, host of Tii, emailed me concerned about what he uncovered. When you are looking for apps to download in iTunes, or looking in any app marketplace for that matter, user reviews are something that heavily influence the decision making process of most buyers. This is essentially a user forum for that specific product. If 10 guys said it crashes and runs like crap, most people would likely avoid paying for that download. Naturally, it would work the other way.

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