23 Feb '12, 4pm

Microsoft files patent application for “safe” URL shortening, says no more Rick-Rolling

Microsoft files patent application for “safe” URL shortening, says no more Rick-Rolling Thursday, February 23rd, 2012 Safer link clicking. Microsoft has filed a patent application for safer URL shortening, and the patent application actually uses the term “rick-rolling”. The application was filed in 2010 but just published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office today. A big problem with shortened URLs is that you typically don’t know where they’ll take you when you click on them. As a result, you might end up on a malware site, something NSFW, or, gasp!, get rick-rolled. Microsoft’s patent disclosure suggests creating a block list of known bad sites and informing users if they’re visiting one through a shortened URL. Web browsers already do this if they know something about the site they’re visiting. This would apply the same concept to short URLs. This problem with short...

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