Microsoft, Google Engage in War of Words on Patents

A verbal battle between Microsoft and Google over patents entered its second day, with hostile blogs and tweets flying between the rivals over maneuvers in some high-profile intellectual property auctions. At issue, in part, was whether a patent sale by Novell should be regarded as an example of companies ganging up against Google -- or a case where Microsoft opened a rare olive branch to the Web search giant that Google snubbed.