Infoworld's Bill Snyder chimes in with an opinion I think you've heard before.
Personally, as a heavy Google user and borderline advocate, I'm happy to see Google shoring-up their position, but I would much prefer it if Congress or the Courts would change the rules of this war.
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Think what Google could do with $6 billion. Think of the research that would spawn new products, advance innovation, and create who knows how many thousands of good jobs up and down the technology food chain. Instead, that money is going to buy patents.
Worse, not only will those jobs not be created, existing jobs will be lost as the patent arms race goes nuclear and more and more companies are acquired for their patent portfolios and then discarded -- along with their employees.