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MAR 28, 2013 - ReadWriteWeb

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Google's Patent Pledge Covers Its Own Ass

Google's pledge to back open patents is a typically Google gesture: an elegant combination of genuine altruism, PR spin and protecting its own self-interests. Thursday morning, Google outlined the Open Patent Non-Assertion Pledge, which boils down to one statement: "we pledge not to sue any user, distributor or developer of open-source software on specified patents, unless first attacked," the company said. Google said that it would place ten patents under the aegis of the OPN, all tied to MapReduce and designed to minimize the computing power of large data sets. Google has previously made ... Read More

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