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#1 TheSentinel

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Posted 09 April 2012 - 05:29 PM

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Microsoft all but buys Netscape with AOL patent acqusition
By Ed Oswald
2012-04-09

It's truly the final curtain call for Netscape. A portion the company's technologies are part of a massive $1 billion patent sale between AOL and Microsoft, announced Monday morning. Microsoft was the top bidder in an auction to sell off non-essential technologies that include about 800 patents.

Microsoft is also acquiring a subsidiary of AOL. While AOL did not specify the subsidiary by name, sources tell All Things Digital that it is Netscape. AOL still retains the right to the brand and related businesses, but all the technologies behind it are now owned by the Redmond, Wash. company.

AOL retains about 300 patents which span technologies related to "advertising, search, content generation/management, social networking, mapping, multimedia/streaming, and security among others". The company also receives a license for all 800 patents sold to Microsoft.

We continue to hold a valuable patent portfolio as highlighted by the license we entered into with Microsoft", AOL chairman and CEO Tim Armstrong says. "The combined sale and licensing arrangement unlocks current dollar value for our shareholders and enables AOL to continue to aggressively execute on our strategy to create long-term shareholder value".

Details about at: http://betanews.com/...ent-acqusition/


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Posted 09 April 2012 - 05:54 PM

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AOL to make over $1 billion in patent sale to Microsoft

Microsoft opens up its wallet to get 800 patents and patent applications, and it also will get a non-exclusive license for the patent portfolio that AOL retains.
by Don Reisinger | April 9, 2012 4:18 AM PDT

http://news.cnet.com...e-to-microsoft/


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Posted 09 April 2012 - 05:58 PM

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AOL's patent sell-off: A failure of nerve

AOL strikes a deal with Microsoft to sell and license hundreds of patents. The move gives AOL a nice injection of cash -- but now what, Tim Armstrong?
by Andrew Nusca | April 9, 2012 9:43 AM PDT

http://news.cnet.com...ilure-of-nerve/


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Posted 09 April 2012 - 06:18 PM

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Apr 9, 2012 7:56 pm
AOL Patents: What's in it for Microsoft?

By Tony Bradley, PCWorld

AOL announced that it has closed a deal to sell more than 800 patents to Microsoft. The deal is just north of a billion dollars, and it?s easy to see why AOL might want to cash in on the intellectual property. What is less clear is why Microsoft is interested in the patent portfolio, or what Microsoft gains from the deal.

http://www.pcworld.c....html#tk.hp_new


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Posted 09 April 2012 - 06:43 PM

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Microsoft's purchase of AOL patents may be about a Google map war

By Larry Dignan | April 9, 2012, 6:22am PDT

Summary: If you connect the dots AOL?s patent sale to Microsoft may have a lot to do with the Bing Maps, Mapquest, OpenStreetMap trio vs. Google Maps.

http://www.zdnet.com...e-map-war/73489


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Posted 09 April 2012 - 06:58 PM

More information and thoughts about this deal:

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AOL's patent sale to Microsoft: stripped clean, or savvy move?

By Andrew Nusca | April 9, 2012, 7:38am PDT

Summary: AOL strikes a deal with Microsoft to sell and license hundreds of patents. The move gives AOL a massive injection of cash. Now what, Tim Armstrong?

http://www.zdnet.com...avvy-move/73499