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Aiming to Slim Down Its Patent Risk, RIM Licenses Microsoft’s exFAT File Format

Research In Motion has taken a license from Microsoft to the exFAT (Extended File Allocation Table) file format, becoming the latest company to strike a deal for the file storage system technology.

It’s not the first licensing deal between the two companies, as RIM also has a license to use Microsoft’s ActiveSync email protocols.

However, it does mark the latest effort by Microsoft to get rivals to sign a deal for its technology. The company has been going after makers of Android devices in particular, suing Motorola and striking deals with, among others, HTC and Samsung.


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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik