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IBM, Oracle, SAP Sued Over Server Software Patents (Update1)

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| International Business Machines Corp., Oracle Corp. and SAP AG were sued by a
| closely held company that accuses them of infringing its patents.
|
| Implicit Networks Inc., based in Seattle, claims the three companies and
| Adobe Systems Inc. are violating two patents for computer-server software
| that performs faster security functions. The patents were issued from 1998
| and 2001 applications.
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http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?p...d=aXe679pQd5Tg

Facebook sues German competitor

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| FACEBOOK FILED an intellectual property lawsuit against StudiVZ, a German
| company accused of operating a virtual replica of the social networking site.
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http://www.theinquirer.net/gb/inquir...man-competitor

Trivial ideas. See the one below. Facebook is making friends with some of the
worst 'intellectual' monopolists and abusers (Amazon and Microsoft).


Recent:

Mark Zuckerberg, Inventor

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| After you check boxes on a form to indicate that 'Everyone from San
| Francisco, CA, Social Network Provider, and Harvard' can see your profile,
| Zuckerberg's 'invention' will miraculously display: 'People from San
| Francisco, CA, Social Network Provider, and Harvard can see your profile.'
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http://yro.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=08/06/20/1420229


The Delusions Of Nathan Myhrvold

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| And here Myhrvold is either outright lying or he's ignorant (he can let us
| know which one). First of all no one has ever said that patent litigation is
| threatening to stop all innovation. They've just said that it is slowing the
| pace of innovation. And there's plenty of evidence to support that, despite
| Myhrvold's claim that there's none. James Bessen and Michael Meurer just came
| out with a whole book detailing much of the evidence, and David Levine and
| Michele Boldrin also have a book with even more evidence. Did Myhrvold simply
| not know about these? Or is he lying to PC World?
|
| [...]
|
| I'm sure Myhrvold is a smart guy -- and he may truly believe that he's
| helping inventors and changing the world -- but he's either being purposely
| misleading or he's ignorant when it comes to patents and how they interact
| with the economy.
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http://techdirt.com/articles/20080511/1529011081.shtml


Related:

What does the Microsoft "partnership" with Facebook mean for users?

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| First, Microsoft had a very instructive failure with Passport, and
| the "Hailstorm" effort of which it was a part.
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http://www.linuxjournal.com/node/1002828


Facebook teams with Amazon

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| In a collaboration with Redmond-based Microsoft Inc.'s Popfly,
| Facebook users can create applications and add them to their
| profiles with no programming.
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http://biz.yahoo.com/bizj/070525/1468844.html?.v=1


Who is the world's biggest patent troll?

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| In two consecutive days, The Wall Street Journal presented two different
| answers. The first is not surprising: Intellectual Ventures, the brainchild
| of ex-Microsoft executive Nathan Myhrvold. It's now out "to raise as much as
| $1 billion to help develop and patent inventions, many of them from
| universities in Asia."
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http://blogs.cnet.com/8301-13505_1-9...=2547-1_3-0-20


Facebook: Buyout Frenzy Builds Around Rumored IPO

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| Ashkan Karbasfrooshan outlines the current agreement with Microsoft and makes
| the case for a Facebook IPO in 2008 in great detail. Great post, Ashkan!
|
| My personal feeling is that Facebook would NEVER sell out to Microsoft and
| risk pissing off it employees and user base but we shall see.b
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http://biz.yahoo.com/seekingalpha/07...9_id.html?.v=1


Facebook users give thumbs down to Microsoft

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| The Facebook community, populated as it is by a large core of university
| students, is one of the strongest bastions of anti-Microsoft sentiment on the
| web, and frequently points out what it sees as the flaws in many of the
| software giant's products.
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http://technology.timesonline.co.uk/...cle3893228.ece
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