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Yahoo Says It Facebooked First

Yahoo is currently suing Facebook stating that the social media giant is infringing on Yahoo’s patents on “Facebook’s entire social network model”.  The lawsuit filed on Monday this week, Yahoo claimed:

“Facebook’s entire social network model, which allows users to create profiles for and connect with, among other things, persons and businesses, is based on Yahoo!’s patented social networking technology,” Yahoo claims in the lawsuit, filed yesterday in US District Court in Northern California. “Prior to adopting Yahoo!’s patented social networking technology in 2008, Facebook was considered one of the worst performing Internet sites for advertising. Facebook’s use of that social networking model has reportedly dramatically driven up Facebook’s advertising click through rates.”

Facebook has responded to the lawsuit on Tuesday stating:

“We’re disappointed that Yahoo, a longtime business partner of Facebook and a company that has substantially benefited from its association with Facebook, has decided to resort to litigation. Once again, we learned of Yahoo’s decision simultaneously with the media. We will defend ourselves vigorously against these puzzling actions.”

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