Apple’s Recent Patent Grant Invokes Old R.E.M. Lyrics: “It’s the End of the World as We Know It”

Apple’s Recent Patent Grant Invokes Old R.E.M. Lyrics: “It’s the End of the World as We Know It”

You might rule the world if you owned this patent:

U.S. Patent No. 8223134B1 2012-07-17 Portable electronic device, method, and graphical user interface for displaying electronic lists and documents

In a computer-implemented method, a portion of an electronic document is displayed on the touch screen display. The displayed portion of the electronic document has a vertical position in the electronic document. An object is detected on or near the displayed portion of the electronic document. In response to detecting the object on or near the displayed portion of the electronic document, a vertical bar is displayed on top of the displayed portion of the electronic document. The vertical bar has a vertical position on top of the displayed portion of the electronic document that corresponds to the vertical position in the electronic document of the displayed portion of the electronic document. After a predetermined condition is met, display of the vertical bar is ceased. The vertical bar is displayed for a predetermined time period when the portion of the electronic document is initially displayed.

Patent 8,223,134 is being touted as the end-all patent for Android. As proffered by Cult of Mac:

Apple has been granted what has been described as "the mother of all software patents," which covers a whole host of features that Apple pioneered with the iPhone. Not only is this huge for Apple in its fight against copycats, but it could have a significant affect [sic] on almost every single device that rivals the iPhone or the iPad.

If you're too young to remember R.E.M., the full line from the song goes: "It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine." Android fans aren't feeling fine. 

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