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Microsoft to charge royalty fees to prevent Acer, Asustek from using Android in netbooks

“Microsoft plans to impose royalty fees on Taiwan-based vendors
of Android handsets for using its patents in e-mail, multimedia and
other functions, with Acer and Asustek Computer being targets in an
actual attempt to prevent the two vendors from adopting Android and
Chrome OS for their netbook and tablet PCs, according to
Taiwan-based makers.

“There are only several Taiwan-based handset vendors and only
HTC has signed for licensed use of Microsoft patents, leaving Acer
and Asustek being the targets for the royalty charge, the sources
indicated.”

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