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How does the Reeder iPhone app swipe up and down between articles? (idevrecipes.com)
32 points by boctor on Dec 28, 2010 | hide | past | favorite | 7 comments

This first showed up in Tweetie, whose author filed for a patent on it, so be aware:


Edit: Since there is curiosity about the claims, here's the application: http://www.google.com/patents/about?id=C3PTAAAAEBAJ

The Reeder functionality is slightly different: it is not used to refresh but to get to the previous/next article. Of course it is possible that the patent is broad enough that it covers this too...

I thought the general consensus of the iOS community is that Loren filed the patent defensively to protect anyone using pull-to-refresh from being sued by someone else who could have patented it.

That's good to hear. I was intimidated by the patent's existence myself.

As an aside, I thought all that's required for that kind of defense is a provisional application. And if you really want it to pass into the public domain, you can simply let a year lapse without completing application.

Is that right? I'm not an expert and I've never patented anything. Maybe it's better to actually get the patent.

Wow, a patent? I wonder if theoretically “infinite scroll” web pages could be considered prior art?

This also might explain why Apple isn’t busy updating Mail on iPhone to also use pull-to-refresh…

Hmm, the Facebook iPhone app has the same drag to reload functionality. I thought perhaps it was just a (newish) iOS widget.

I thought non-transformational software patents were deemed invalid last year?


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