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It's the chips, not the cards

Google has learnt the hard way that volume matters with smartphone patents. The more you have, the more you can bet – and the longer you can stay in the game. Its aggressive moves to build its stake threaten to distort the patent market and affect more than just smartphones. By Karen Bolipata

It had been a rough couple of weeks for Google. Its mobile operating system Android was in trouble; "Google's loss" and "Google's blunder" shouted the headlines. It was early July, and the search engine's $900 million stalking-horse bid on the...

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