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Samsung to pay Microsoft to use Android: Extortion or partnership?

Samsung to pay Microsoft to use Android: Extortion or partnership?

Samsung to pay Microsoft to use Android: Extortion or partnership?
News from Los Angeles Times:

Microsoft on Wednesday announced a cross-licensing of its patent portfolio with Samsung that will leave Samsung paying a royalty to Microsoft for each smartphone and tablet it sells running Google’s Android operating system.

Samsung will also “agreed to cooperate in the development and marketing of Windows Phone,” Microsoft said in a statement, describing the agreements as a partnership.

Google, obviously unhappy that the largest seller of Android phones will pay Microsoft to use an operating system Google doesn’t charge anyone to use, described the agreements with a patently different word — extortion.

“This is the same tactic we’ve seen time and again from Microsoft,” Goog…………… continues on Los Angeles Times
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DOJ to take closer look at Google’s Motorola deal
News from Chicago Sun-Times:

Updated: September 29, 2011 2:16AM

The U.S. Justice Department is taking a closer look at Google’s proposed $ 12.5 billion acquisition of Libertyville-based mobile phone maker Motorola Mobility.

The extended review disclosed Wednesday had been widely expected since Google Inc. announced the Motorola deal last month.

Most of Google’s big moves have been closely scrutinized by federal regulators because of the power it has gained as the Internet’s search and advertising leader.

Google also makes Android, a leading software system for mobile phones. The advantages that Google has gained from Android…………… continues on Chicago Sun-Times

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