Calif. – Facebook this week was
awarded a patent on technology related to the "news feed" or
"stream" concept, where a user’s online activities are broadcast to a
customized group of contacts.
The implication could be that Facebook will
choose to pursue licenses of its newly patented technology from a raft of other
social networks and services who offer news feeds of the type covered in the patent.
All Facebook reports that the patent in question does not cover "status
updates" as they have come to be known.