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Apple Censorship: Coming Soon to Your Text Messages?
Submitted: October 13, 2010 - 2:15pm
Originally published: October 13, 2010
Last updated: October 13, 2010 - 2:16pm
Source: GigaOm
Author: Darrell Etherington
Location: Apple, 1 Infinite Loop, Cupertino, CA, 95014, United States

A new patent the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office just approved was filed in 2008 by Apple and prevents users from sending and receiving "objectionable" text messages.

The patent, officially called "Text-based communication control for personal communication device," essentially prevents what's known as "sexting." If this tech ever makes it way to your smartphone, it could theoretically alert a user, administer, or other designated individual whenever objectionable content appears in a text message. In practice, that could mean a parent gets a text when their teenage son writes something racy, or that your boss gets a notice whenever you swear in an outbound communication.

According to the patent, the iPhone could also offer suggestions with which to replace the offending text, or just delete it outright as soon as you're done typing so that it never gets sent in the first place. In effect, that means it could actually change what you're going to say.

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Submitted: October 14, 2010 - 7:52am
Last updated: October 14, 2010 - 7:54am
Source: New York Times
Author: Editorial staff
Location: Apple, 1 Infinite Loop, Cupertino, CA, 95014, United States

[Commentary] Apple isn't commenting on reports that it will release a new iPhone for use on Verizon Wireless's network next year. We find the prospect of a non-AT&T iPhone tantalizing. Could it mean that wireless service providers will finally have to accept real competition? We hope that the next announcement will be that Apple will offer iPhones not only for use on Verizon but also on T-Mobile, Sprint and, indeed, any wireless provider. That could be the real start of liberation.
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