I would tend to believe that much of Facebook came from the theft of Yahoo! IP

Yahoo! suing Facebook is interesting. At first glance I would think “patent troll” again. However if you stop and think about it, much of what Facebook prior to 2007/2008 is exactly what Yahoo! was .. on steroids.

I really hope Yahoo! can blow Facebook out of the water — getting a huge judgement — and a stiff future royalty payment. That is in the courtroom. Once wonders however, if Facebook users would “politically kill” Yahoo! for winning. It would, in the long run, affect what Facebook is — and could become, probably for the worse. Would Facebook users put up with that? Or — like they did with the death of MySpace — would they just move on to the next social network?

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  1. I started my blog in February of 1998, and my sister recently asked “does it ever tick you off that Facebook makes gazillions doing something you did ten years before?”

    So, yeah, I’m going with “software patents are broken”.

    As to the longevity of Facebook, I remember when AOL was at the top of the world, and MySpace, and, heck, Yahoo even had some value once. The question isn’t if that bubble’s going to pop, it’s when. I suspect it’ll be when internet bandwidth becomes cheap enough that we can re-distribute the web and move the servers back to our homes and out of the clouds.

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