To counteract the patent infringement lawsuit filed against it by Yahoo!, Facebook has purchased hundreds of patents from International Business Machines Corp. (IBM). This will help the social networking company to bolster its intellectual property portfolio.
It is not clear how much Facebook paid for the IBM patents, but tech companies seeking to build their portfolios have pushed intellectual property prices higher. According to analysts, the 750 patents acquired from IBM will include a broad range of technology that ranges from search, software, networking to semi-conductors.
As Facebook is the latest entrant in the tech arena, it does not have as robust a patent portfolio as other big successful tech companies. Prior to this purchase, Facebook owned just 56 secured patents. Facebook was sued earlier this month by Yahoo! allegedly for infringing 10 patents, most of them covering online advertising technology. Facebook, the world’s largest online social networking platform, is preparing for an initial public offering that could value the company at up to US $100 billion.
All the three companies involved i.e. Facebook, IBM and Yahoo! refused to comment on this.
It’s a clash of big titans with two major technology companies entering into a legal battle for patent infringement.
Yahoo!, a leading search engine company, sued Facebook on Monday on account of patent infringement. In the lawsuit filed in a U.S. court, the company claimed that the social media giant has violated 10 of its patents concerning advertising, privacy controls, and social networking.
This lawsuit has come as a major shocker for Facebook, which is planning to go public in a few weeks time. “We’re disappointed that Yahoo!, a longtime business partner of Facebook and a company that has substantially benefited from its association with Facebook, has decided to resort to litigation,” said Jonathan Thaw, spokesperson of Facebook.
Yahoo! is pretty confident about the lawsuit and is expecting that the court will order Facebook to pay the damages caused to the former due to patent infringement.
“Yahoo! has invested substantial resources in research and development through the years, which has resulted in numerous patented innovations of technology that other companies have licensed. Unfortunately, the matter with Facebook remains unresolved and we are compelled to seek redress in federal court. We are confident that we will prevail, ” according to an e-mail statement from Yahoo!.
Twilight Series – Breaking Dawn Part 1, which was released in the US on November 18, has generated $140 million in the opening week. And it seems Yahoo can’t stop bragging about the promotion they did for the movie. In fact Yahoo has really done well in promoting the movie; it deserves a round of applause.
On 14th November, Yahoo hosted on its website, an HD live streaming of the world premiere of breaking dawn- part 1. It did complete coverage of the event starting from the red carpet.Twilight fans will definitely be grateful to Yahoo for this full coverage. Fans that could not be there at the premiere were able to see the whole event on their phones and tablets.
And to top it off, Yahoo had also hosted a raffle draw, where the lucky winner got to win the Volvo S60 R-Design- similar to the one Edward drove in the movie. Yahoo had started streaming content of the movie on its website since October 31 to promote the movie.
The movie promotion was a big hit for Yahoo. The live streaming of the world premiere was watched by more than four million people and according to sources, 10 % of the streaming was from mobile users. And as if that was not enough, the lucky draw for the Volvo car also drew more than 125,000 entries.
This event has generated the largest audience in the history of Yahoo live movie premiere. The second was Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 1, which was streamed in 2010.
Watch video of Yahoo interviewing Robert Pattinson, who plays the role of Edward Cullen in the movie.
Last year, Yahoo! started using the Bing search engine of Microsoft to power its search results. According to recent reports, Yahoo! will now allow you to sign in with the user IDs and passwords of Facebook and Google accounts. For enabling this, the OpenID authentication protocol will be used. Analysts say that the move from Yahoo! is to increase its number of users by simplifying the login process. This is likely to attract new users as a Yahoo! account will not be required for logging in.
Yahoo! officials said that that it will help both end-users and web site providers as there will be no need to create and remember yet another ID and password. The OpenID authentication system is aimed at streamlining the user identity creation procedure. It will benefit the web community to a great extent. It seems Yahoo! executives are correct in their opinion, but the fact is different. Yahoo! is enabling access from competitor’s account but not vice versa. This shows that the market share of Yahoo! has decreased in the past few years. Recently we saw Yahoo! Japan forming an alliance with Google. Yahoo! and Google, both are market leaders, and the partnership between the two was expected in Japan.
Yahoo! Messenger is the most widely used instant messaging tool available these days. The reason why Yahoo! Messenger is considered to be the best is because of its numerous user friendly features. This is the messenger which started voice chat for the first time and later was adopted by others. It provides an amazing interface and support for numerous icons. It provides interactive backgrounds, both static and animated. It has really worked a lot in bringing all the instant communicating needs under one tool. You can share images instantly and can select to send them directly as files or to show them as presentations. You can play numerous games with people online and can have start conferences and stay in touch many friends at the same time. But what if someone in your friends list, always appears to be offline? You send messages but never get any reply. It becomes frustrating when you want to contact with someone but the other person doesn’t seem to be interested in the same. In this post I will let you know how to find if your friend who always appears offline in messenger is actually offline or it is only you whom he or she doesn’t want to chat. Appearing offline to selected people in Yahoo! Messenger is very much possible through its stealth settings feature where the user can select individual users to whom they want to appear as invisible.
To confirm if any person listed in your friends list is actually offline or is invisible please follow the steps given below:
Step 1: Exit from Yahoo! Messenger and open any Internet browser
Step 2: Go to the website of Yahoo! and there select its mail service from the list of various services like Mail, Answers, Flickr, Games, Groups, Movies, Messenger etc.
Step 3: Select mail from the list and sign into it by entering your user name and password
Step 4: Now look for Messenger panel in the left hand of Yahoo! Mail window.
Step 5: Scroll through the list of friends and then select Open Quick view.
Quick View is the sign in mode of Yahoo! which tells you who all in your friends list are actually online, regardless of their visibility status. So if anyone is online but has set his or her status as invisible still quick view will let you know that he or she is online but is not interested in chat or if they are avoiding you. This is a method by which you can check for this and if you wish you can send an instant message at the same moment knowing the fact that the other person is online. If you get a response then well and good else it is obvious that other person is not interested in chatting.