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The Spat between Google and Microsoft Continues

By Ng Chong Seng - on 5 Aug 2011, 9:44am

The Spat between Google and Microsoft Continues

Previously, we reported that Google Chief Legal Officer David Drummond has accused its biggest rivals of colluding to hamper the growth of Android. Microsoft rebutted the suggestion shortly after. The company's General Counsel Brad Smith responded with a tweet that said, "Google says we bought Novell patents to keep them from Google. Really? We asked them to bid jointly with us. They said no." It seems like the cat fight hasn't stopped yet, as blows continue to be traded between the two.

In an updated report by Reuters, Microsoft's PR chief Frank Shaw is the latest person to get involved. He tweeted "Free advice for David Drummond — next time check with Kent Walker before you blog."

More importantly, Shaw attached an image of an email conversation between Smith and Walker, the latter being the Senior VP and General Counsel at Google.

In the email, Walker said:

After talking with people here, it sounds as though for various reasons a joint bid wouldn’t be advisable for us on this one. But I appreciate your flagging it, and we’re open to discussing other similar opportunities in the future.

Following that, Drummond has updated his blog post and accused of Microsoft of wanting to "divert attention by pushing a false gotcha!" He countered that "making sure that we would be unable to assert these patents to defend Android — and having us pay for the privilege — must have seemed like an ingenious strategy to them." Thus, Google "didn't fall for it."

Like a tennis match, Shaw responded on Twitter immediately with three further tweets. To find out what he said, check out the source article via the link below.

Source: Reuters

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