In a quick bit of nonsense news from teh intertubes, my mate Graham pointed out to me that Facebook are trying to trademark the word “Face”. According to the news article:

The Facebook empire has just had a trademark application accepted for any use of the word “Face” in any product or service that could remotely be seen as offering any kind of competition to the all-conquering social network.

Specifically, the trademark covers “telecommunication services, namely, providing online chat rooms and electronic bulletin boards for transmission of messages among computer users in the field of general interest and concerning social and entertainment subject matter, none primarily featuring or relating to motoring or to cars”.

None relating to cars, mind you. Oh no, car social networks can use “Face” as much as they like. For some reason.

Facebook now has to provide the US Patent & Trademark Office with a statement of use within three months. Presumably their statement of use will be something along the lines of, “We use it as half of our name.”

Of course, it seems to me, as the original article points out, that this is a direct attack on Steve Jobs and Apple, targetting their whole Facetime thing. After Google and Facebook came to blows last week over Google refusing Facebook users direct connection to their Contacts list, and now this, I’m sitting back and popping me some corn. Seriously, when Google, Apple and Facebook finally get together to settle this thing, it’ll make Godzilla versus King Kong versus King Ghidorah seem like a schoolyard noogiefest.

Interesting times ahead.

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