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Facebook Pays $550 Million For AOL Patents From Microsoft

     
5:19 pm on Apr 23, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Facebook Pays $550 Million For AOL Patents From Microsoft [news.cnet.com]
Facebook is paying Microsoft $550 million in cash for a chunk of the patent portfolio that Microsoft recently acquired from AOL.
Earlier this month, Microsoft spent more than $1 billion to buy roughly 800 patents from AOL, and it's now selling the majority of them to Facebook. Facebook is buying about 650 AOL patents and patent applications, and also gain a license to the 275 other patents and patent applications that Microsoft will continue to own.


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6:25 pm on Apr 23, 2012 (gmt 0)

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What has happened to creativity other than how to be creative buying and selling.

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10:03 pm on Apr 23, 2012 (gmt 0)

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It would be interesting to know what was in those patents and why Facebook was compelled to buy them. Shrewd business by Microsoft though
9:58 am on Apr 27, 2012 (gmt 0)

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One Apple OS copy cat selling stuffs to MySpace copy cat ;)
Innovation leading to dead end.
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Exactly where is the innovation. Facebook will easily buy Yahoo soon enough anyway. I just hope they keep the Yahoo Mail when they do it.