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BT Joins the Android Patent Suit Party

Add yet another big company suing Google over Android: British Telecom says it should get a big check because Google’s mobile operating system infringes on multiple patents.

This is par for the course in mobile land, of course. And patents are the primary motivator in Google’s pending acquisition of Motorola Mobility; supposedly, the 25,000 patents Google would pick up in the deal will help protect it in legal fights just like these. Assuming antitrust regulators sign off on the deal, that is.

Back to the present tense: As Florian Mueller notes, the suit means BT joins the likes of Apple, Oracle, Microsoft and eBay, all of whom accuse Android of violating patent law. You can read the complete filing here.

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The problem with the Billionaire Savior phase of the newspaper collapse has always been that billionaires don’t tend to like the kind of authority-questioning journalism that upsets the status quo.

— Ryan Chittum, writing in the Columbia Journalism Review about the promise of Pierre Omidyar’s new media venture with Glenn Greenwald