Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 9th Nov 2011 16:13 UTC
Legal To anyone who has been reading anything on the web over the past few months, this shouldn't come as a surprise. Barnes & Noble is currently embroiled in a patent lawsuit started by Microsoft, after the bookseller/tablet maker refused to pay protection money to Redmond. Barnes & Noble has now openly said what we already knew, and has filed an official complaint at the US Department of Justice: Microsoft is engaging in anticompetitive practices. Update: Here's the slide deck B&N presented to the DoJ.
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Comment by snorkel2
by snorkel2 on Wed 9th Nov 2011 23:39 UTC
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2007-03-06

MS is out of line, I could see them maybe charging a couple of bucks, but from what I read they charge 15 which is almost the same cost as a windows phone 7 license. It really is extortion.
Tony Soprano would be proud......

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RE: Comment by snorkel2
by Dr.Mabuse on Thu 10th Nov 2011 01:41 in reply to "Comment by snorkel2"
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2009-05-19

Tony Soprano would be proud......


Exactly!

I commented on MS's mafia-esque patent trolling behaviour in a previous post (for another article) and was told that this is "just business." That reply didn't sit well with me then and it still doesn't now.

Hats off to Barnes & Noble. You did the right thing! Let's hope the DOJ can actually do something about it.

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