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Yahoo Threatens Legal Action Against Facebook

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Yahoo! has lashed out at Facebook over the licensing of patents regarding advertising and personalization of websites, social networking, and messaging. Yahoo! contacted the New York Times regarding the issue and evidently, according to a Facebook spokes person, contacted Facebook about it at the same time as The New York Times. Both the New York Times and Search Engine Watch covered the news story, but mention the timing of the dispute to be quite coincidental, as Yahoo! has threatened legal battle at companies before right before their IPOs. Perhaps the troubled Yahoo! is looking for some stock in Facebook out of the deal.

From [URL="http://dealbook.nytimes.com/2012/02/27/yahoo-warns-facebook-of-a-potential-patent-fight/"]The New York Times[/URL]: "It is unclear when Yahoo and Facebook began discussions over possible infringement of the former’s intellectual property. But Yahoo’s saber-rattling happens to come at a delicate time for Facebook, which is preparing to go public this spring in one of the most anticipated market debuts in years."

From [URL="http://searchenginewatch.com/article/2155898/Yahoo-Threatens-Facebook-With-Lawsuit-Over-Advertising-Patents?utm_term=&utm_content=Yahoo%20Threatens%20Facebook%20With%20Lawsuit%20Over%20Advertising%20Patents&utm_campaign=03%2F02%2F12%20-%20SEW%20Weekly&utm_source=Search%20Engine%20Watch%20Weekly&utm_medium=Email"]Search Engine Watch[/URL]: "Is Yahoo looking for some stock in Facebook? That certainly helped [URL="http://searchenginewatch.com/article/2066410/Google-Yahoo-Settle-Patent-and-Share-Disputes"]end an ongoing patent dispute[/URL] between Google and Yahoo back in 2004 prior to Google's IPO, along with Google agreeing to license the software Yahoo bought from Overture. Coincidentally, we're approaching [URL="http://searchenginewatch.com/article/2143126/Facebook-IPO-Show-Ad-Revenue-Increased-69-in-2011"]Facebook's IPO[/URL]."

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