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AT&T patents the smiley face :-(

By NetworkWorld Community on Thu, 01/26/06 - 10:36am.

OK, technically, they only patented animated smiley faces that 'speak' text messages, but maybe that's so they won't conflict with Microsoft's patent on the use of emoticons in instant messaging (although I wonder how AT&T's technique is radically different from the one descibed in this patent, issued roughly a month earlier, let alone Nortel's patent, issued a few months earlier or this patent, issued in 2002). Perhaps they could integrate their technology with the patented emoticon keyboard.

Via TechDirt.

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