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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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Another gadget you don’t really need. Will not work once you get it home. New model out in 4 weeks. Battery life is too short to be of any use.

— From the fact sheet for a fake product entitled Useless Plasticbox 1.2 (an actual empty plastic box) placed in L.A.-area Best Buy stores by an artist called Plastic Jesus