AOL's apparent patent on typeahead/autocomplete
Lucas Meadows stashed this in Software Patents
Stashed in: Intellectual Property
From the document:
Information may be presented to a user by using a first application to receive a character stream of one or more noncompletion characters. The noncompletion characters indicate that additional characters may be received. The character stream is exchanged with a host that analyzes the character stream to generate results that are responsive to the user's predicted interest. Results are received and displayed so that the user may select one of the results to launch a code segment related to the selected result.
I wonder if they have a patent for communicating over a network, too.
"The Internet? Yeah, we own that."