Thursday, August 17, 2006

GOOGLE PODS

Don't be evil. And don't google, do a Google Search:
Google has said it intends to crack down on the use of its name as a generic verb, in phrases such as "to google someone."

The Internet search giant said such phrases were potentially damaging to its brand.

"We think it's important to make the distinction between using the word 'Google' to describe using Google to search the Internet and using the word 'google' to generally describe searching the Internet. It has some serious trademark issues," a representative for the search company said.
Has someone had an intelligence bypass at Google? Have they never heard of Hoovers? FFS.

They're not the only ones getting the ache with people using their name incorrectly. Apple are at it too:
Apple has followed Google's example by sending cease and desist letters to companies warning them of the consequences of using the word 'pod' in product titles.

According to media reports, Apple, which has a registered trademark for the iPod brand, has written to Mach 5 Products, which manufactures the Profit Pod, a data collection device for vending machines, and TightPod, which builds laptop protection covers.
Apple's concerns might be more valid, but nevertheless it's a good opportunity for me to post this from b3ta.com's If Apple Made Everything competition:


Heh.

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