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Economy Briefs: Facebook set to pay Microsoft for patents
SAN FRANCISCO — A half-billion-dollar patent deal between Facebook and Microsoft was announced on Monday as the social network hardened its defenses ahead of going public with a stock offering on the Nasdaq.
Facebook also arranged to license the remaining 275 remaining patents or applications in the portfolio being bought by Microsoft, which gets the right to use the patented technology going to the California-based social network.
Struggling airline gets OK from Cabinet to go private
The draft law has been referred to the country’s legislature.
An attempt to privatize the airline fizzled last year when the Cabinet recommended the airline be restructured before pursuing the sale of a 35 percent stake.
The airline is hurting financially as it struggles to compete with newer rivals such as Dubai’s Emirates Airline and Qatar Airways.
BAA, which owns Heathrow Airport, sold Gatwick Airport to Global Infrastructure Partners for $2.4 billionin 2009 but has yet to dispose of Stansted Airport, which also serves London. BAA’s appeal of the order to sell Stansted was rejected in February.
BAA is owned by a consortium led by Spanish infrastructure group Ferrovial.
Global Infrastructure Partners also owns London City Airport.
China is the world’s biggest auto market by vehicles sold but sales growth slowed from 35 percent in 2010 to just 2 percent in the latest quarter. Demand has been blunted by government credit and investment controls aimed at slowing an overheated economy.
• From wire dispatches and staff reports
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