Amazon and Google battle over snippets and blurbs?

Patents everywhere, but who can figure them out?

Nick Carr has a funny, but potentially prescient, post on two apparently competing patents that Amazon ("blurbs") and Google ("snippets") were just granted.

What happens...when Google tries to snippetize a blurb? It could be the defining epistemological debate of out time.

At least it continues to call into question the US Patent and Trademark Office's ability to grok and process the myriad patent applications it receives. I mean, surely someone should have noticed the similarity between snippets and blurbs?

Or not. :-)

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