How Microsoft and Facebook tricked AOL.

Microsoft and Facebook reportedly wanted to go in halvies on those AOL patents. But AOL's rules for the bidding explicitly prohibited "collaborative or consortium bids."

So they pulled a fast one: Microsoft bought the patents, but has already announced that it will be selling hundreds of them to Facebook and licensing the rest to Facebook.

http://venturebeat.com/2012/04/23/microsoft-wanted-to-partner-with-facebook-on-patent-purchase-all-along-but-aol-auction-wouldnt-allow-it/
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