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    Google and Microsoft Hug It Out Over Patents

    They’re calling a truce. The rival tech giants agreed yesterday to stop fighting over who created what and when, dismissing all pending lawsuits between them over royalties for patents related to smartphones, Wi-Fi and Web video. Both stated they’d also collaborate in some patent areas in coming years — but they notably haven’t reached cross-licensing deals, normally offered with settlements to avoid future legal tensions. So while some are hailing this as a détente that could impact U.S. patent law, others question whether the ceasefire will hold.

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