Dot-com-era artifact finally receives patent

If you were paying attention in the late '90s, you may remember the CueCat as the ultimate symbol of useless dot-com insanity. The gadget was a home barcode reader that connected to your computer; you scanned special codes in advertisements, which would cause the product's Web site to open. Or at least, you were supposed to do that, but nobody did, because it was stupid. Millions were made and given out for free and fortunes were lost and now, nine years after the application was put in, the US Patent Office has declared that the CueCat's inventors have an exclusive right to produce and market this useless piece of garbage that nobody ever liked. read more...

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