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Yahoo! v. Facebook: Clicking Through the Blogosphere Bias

Originally posted March 13. ?áUpdated March 28, 2012. On March 12th, Yahoo! filed a patent infringement lawsuit in the Northern District of California alleging that Facebook infringes ten Yahoo! patents.?á Immediate reaction has been widely critical of Yahoo!, from interpreting statements made in the filing as a claim by Yahoo! that it ?Ç£patented the whole idea of Facebook?Ç¥ to characterizing Yahoo! as ?Ç£relentlessly stagnating as Facebook innovated.?Ç¥?á Such is to be expected from the blogosphere with regard to the party asserting software or Internet-related patents.?á However, if one really wants to weigh the merits of this lawsuit and the claims being made about it, there really is no substitute for digging into the subject matter of the patents that Yahoo! claims cover various aspects of how Facebook operates: Yahoo!?ÇÖs ?Ç£Advertising Patents?Ç¥ Yahoo! claims protection in systems and methods for advertising, placing advertisements on a web page in a manner according… Continue Reading

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