This deal – which was in the works as soon as Microsoft closed with AOL on the deal—speaks to the close relationship between Microsoft and Facebook. Microsoft invested $240 million in Facebook back in 2007 and the two companies struck a search deal. That partnership allied the social network and the tech giant against Google . This latest partnership could indicate that Microsoft is supporting Facebook as it fends off the lawsuit from Yahoo , an issue Microsoft is aware of, saying it values its relationship with both Yahoo and Facebook.
Patents are only going to become more important in silicon valley as tech, internet, and social media giants all fight for consumers time. We can expect more big paychecks—and more high-price litigation as these players sort out who controls what.
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