Facebook (FB) has agreed to purchase a portion of the patents and patent applications Microsoft...

Facebook (FB) has agreed to purchase a portion of the patents and patent applications Microsoft (MSFT) acquired from AOL for $550M in cash. Facebook will receive 650 of AOL's patents and applications through the deal, while Microsoft will hold onto 275, as well as a license to the ones it's selling. Microsoft paid $1.056B for AOL's portfolio, reportedly trumping a Facebook offer in the process.

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  • favre231
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    Facebook is overdoing it. Instagram zynga this. They cant buy everything
    23 Apr 2012, 02:34 PM Reply Like
  • J Mintzmyer
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    WOW!!! Ballmer just played Facebook. I love it, I love it, I love it.


    The Skype acquisition had me worried, but this is awesome.


    MSFT still gets to use them- FB is not a competitor- wow.
    23 Apr 2012, 07:46 PM Reply Like
  • logistics
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    facebook is just grocery shopping before it becomes the next myspace.
    23 Apr 2012, 08:09 PM Reply Like
  • Ananthan Thangavel
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    What an amazing spending spree by Facebook. I guess when your stock is selling for 100x earnings, you might as well get while the getting's good.
    23 Apr 2012, 11:42 PM Reply Like
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