Once upon a time, Google was the company to sue. Now it seems to have passed the mantle to Facebook, which is facing an entertaining array of bizarre and quixotic lawsuits--many of them filed in the last few days, and with little legal merit. (Below, Facebook's new HQ in Palo Alto.)
At the end of February, Microsoft [MSFT] brought suit against GPS company TomTom [TOM2] for several patent infringements pertaining to TomTom's Linux-based GPS navigation software. Now the Linux community is preparing for a fight, afraid that Microsoft will turn its snarling legal team on another member of the open-source community. But is Microsoft really trying to curb the use of the Linux kernel in software, or do they have a legitimate case against the struggling Dutch company?
There's a little computer company in Florida called Psystar making cheap Macintosh clones, that thinks that OS X should be open. But Apple [AAPL] thinks the company may be the puppet of a larger enemy.