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Apple trademarks "Mobile Me"

According to Apple Insider, Apple has filed a request with the United States Patent and Trademark Office to trademark the phrase "Mobile Me." The request is divided into four main sections. The first concerns, "...Computer services; computer data recovery; data analysis being computer services; computer programming; updating of computer software; maintenance of computer software, computer and communications networks, and computer systems..."

Next, the request discusses "...providing digital music from local or global communications networks, including the internet, intranets, extranets, television, mobile communication, cellular and satellite networks; operating chat rooms..." The same phrase is repeated to include audio books, electronics games, information regarding music and  "...seminars and training courses relating to science, engineering, computer systems and business."

The remaining sections discuss portable devices, and are by far the most interesting: "...Portable digital electronic devices and software related thereto; handheld digital electronic devices and software related thereto; digital audio players, including digital music players, and software related thereto..."

It goes on from there. Of course, it could just be an example of Apple wanting to protect ideas that may or may not see the light of day in the future.

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