From David Berlind over at ZDnet:
Just when you thought you'd seen it all, Microsoft has apparently applied to the United States Patent and Trademark Office for a patent on the Really Simple Syndication protocol (RSS). The blogosphere hasn't worked itself up into a tizzy quite yet. Although Dave Winer has already posted a Tale of Corporate Atrocity, Techmeme still lists the item well below "the fold" and it hasn't shown up in any of Digg's top or upcoming lists (as best as I can tell). Technorati — a service that would probably cease to be if Microsoft started charging royalties on every execution of RSS — has no reflection of the news item on its home page either.Mr. Berlind concludes his post with a little understatement: In mean time, it would not be good news for a single company to be in control of RSS.No kidding. I only recently came to see the value of RSS in all its various forms, and I'd not want to see it controlled by a single entity. I'd thought it was a bit of open software under the GNU license or some such. Guess I was wrong.