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Facebook Purchases 650 AOL Patents From Microsoft 93

eldavojohn writes "Not two weeks after Microsoft purchased 925 patents and patent applications plus licenses to AOL's portfolio for $1 billion, Facebook has now acquired 650 of said patents and patent applications for $550 million to which Microsoft retains a license. So, was Microsoft's $450 million worth it? According to their press release: 'Upon closing of this transaction with Facebook, Microsoft will retain ownership of approximately 275 AOL patents and applications; a license to the approximately 650 AOL patents and applications that will now be owned by Facebook; and a license to approximately 300 patents that AOL did not sell in its auction.' Will the patent-go-round continue, or has Facebook loaded up for a good old-fashion Mexican standoff?"
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Facebook Purchases 650 AOL Patents From Microsoft

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  • Further Alignment (Score:5, Interesting)

    by alphatel ( 1450715 ) * on Monday April 23, 2012 @02:42PM (#39774245)
    Google has already staked their company on G+. Does Microsoft gain an edge by helping Facebook even if there is no direct payoff?
    The enemy of my enemy is my friend.
    See where this is going?
  • Re:Further Alignment (Score:5, Interesting)

    by alphatel ( 1450715 ) * on Monday April 23, 2012 @03:02PM (#39774485)
    Is this your first visit to /. ?
    Page re-aligns Google []
    "When he took over as CEO, Page quickly made his top priority clear by moving Google's executive offices into the same building as the team working on Google Plus. Page also tied a portion of employee bonuses to the success of Google Plus and eliminated what he considered to be unnecessary distractions by closing more than 20 of the company's less popular services.
    "Larry is driven by his paranoia about Facebook. Clearly, these are two companies at war with each other," said Ken Auletta, who got to know Page while writing his book about the company.
  • by Pope ( 17780 ) on Monday April 23, 2012 @04:14PM (#39775273)

    Once FB goes public they will be lawfully required to turn a profit by any "lawful" means necessary

    There is no such law.

Logic is the chastity belt of the mind!