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Steven Vaughan-Nichols takes a close look at the patents Microsoft (MSFT) bought from AOL, and...

Steven Vaughan-Nichols takes a close look at the patents Microsoft (MSFT) bought from AOL, and discovers IP critical to Web technologies such as SSL encryption, embedded browser apps, IP communication, and cookies. Observers are hoping the purchases were made merely to protect Microsoft from the kind of assault Facebook is witnessing. But $1.08B is a lot to pay for mere protection, and Microsoft has recently become aggressive in trying to monetize its IP.
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