ArsTechnica reports the good news that another patent has been invalidated with the Bilski case in mind. BPAI (the court) noted that the claims do not "recite any machine or apparatus or call for transforming an article into a different state or thing. A domain name is simply a series of characters representing the address of a resource, such as a server, on the World Wide Web. All of the steps are data manipulation steps."
I like the way that sounds. Its an acknowledgement that data processing should not be pantentable on its own.
ArsTechnica also published a great review over the history and future of software patents in the US in
"a return to the Supreme Court's software patent ban?"