Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) is said to be considering the purchase of Microsoft Corporation’s (NASDAQ:MSFT) Atlas Solutions ad-serving platform, say knowledgeable sources, who also believe that the latter has been conducting due diligence on the platform, comprising part of its endeavors to form its own advertising network so as to rival Google’s (NASDAQ:GOOG) DoubleClick offering. It also appears that Atlas has been discretely up for sale for awhile and the platform has been inspected by several firms, among which include Adobe, according to sources.
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United States District Court Judge Lucy Koh will once again get to see her no-doubt favorite litigants Thursday, as Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) and Samsung (SSNLF.PK) return to a Silicon Valley courtroom where the latter will request that she or some other federal judge dismiss or soften an August $1.05 billion patent judgment that was decided against it. During the hearing, the parties will likely take shots at each other in regards to the damage award, which was among the biggest ever in cases involving intellectual property.