Here is really interesting article about Google. One of the more interesting facts is that Google’s patent is remarkably similar to one owned by Dow Jones Corp:
Patents. The genealogy of the Google patent is interesting. Here’s the link to the patent filed with the US Patent Office. It refers to another patent owned by Dow Jones that was very similar to the Google patent and was developed by a guy named Robin Li when he worked for a company owned by Dow jones. Both patents used similar ideas of ranking a page not necessarily by using the text on the page but also by counting how many links referenced the page. Dow Jones wasn’t really sure what to do with the patent (called RankDex) so Robin Li left the company and went to China. While there he licensed the patent from Dow Jones for almost nothing and started (and is still CEO of) a little company called Baidu. Here’s Robin Li’s patent on RankDex. Its interesting that the same basic idea inspired both Google and Baidu.
The idea that Dow Jones didn’t pursue the RankDex idea reminds me of the Xerox / GUI / Apple story.
Honestly, does President Obama really believe that statement, or is it something he says because it makes his side of the debate look better? When you examine what he said, looking at the actual facts of the situation, you will find it to be very misleading, if not outright false. It has never been easy for oil companies to get permission to drill and explore for oil and other sources of energy and it has become even less so since Obama took office.
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