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Facebook Sues Yahoo Right Back

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - SEPTEMBER 22:  Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg delivers a keynote address during the Facebook f8 conference on September 22, 2011 in San Francisco, California. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg kicked off the conference introducing a Timeline feature to the popular social network.  (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Last month, Yahoo sued Facebook over ten patents, and today, in a nice bit of symmetry, Mark Zuckerberg and company have responded by countersuing over ten patents of their own. The social network claims the struggling Internet company has lifted technology including online recommendations and photo tagging, while Yahoo said in a statement that the accusations are "without merit and nothing more than a cynical attempt to distract from the weakness of its defense." Facebook warned, "While we are asserting patent claims of our own, we do so in response to Yahoo's short-sighted decision to attack one of its partners and prioritize litigation over innovation." Your move, Thompson.

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