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Apple Now Owns the Unlock Slide Gesture

Whether you're sliding a bar or pulling a puzzle piece across your smartphone screen, you're performing an action patented by Apple. Seriously, any "predefined gesture" used to unlock a phone is now covered under patent 8,046,721, issued today. Check out the full—albeit indecipherable—patent description at The Register.