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Microsoft has joined a group of tech companies—called the Open Invention Network—which are pooling their open-source software patents to fend off lawsuits from outsiders, the company said in a blog post . It’s the latest sign of Microsoft’s about-face on open-source software, which began a couple of years before Satya Nadella became CEO but has accelerated significantly under his watch.  ...

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