Microsoft's Emotion-Sensing IP Flies In Face Of No-Track Move

By Allison Grande (June 13, 2012, 9:50 PM EDT) -- Microsoft Corp. is seeking to patent technology that would allow it to serve targeted advertisements based on individuals' emotional states, according to an application recently made public, a move experts on Wednesday said contradicts the company's recent unveiling of a new Web browser aimed at protecting consumers by automatically blocking online tracking.

The patent application for "Targeting advertisements based on emotion" — which Microsoft filed in December 2010 and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office made public June 7 — describes a computer-implemented system that collects information about a consumer's mood from Facebook status updates, facial expressions captured in video conversations...

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