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Business briefs for Nov. 29

Business briefs for Nov. 29
By The Associated Press Modified: November 28, 2012 at 9:20 pm •  Published: November 29, 2012
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Microsoft ads carp on Google

Microsoft is trying to skewer Google as a lousy holiday shopping guide in its latest attempt to divert more traffic to its Bing search engine. The attack started Wednesday with a marketing campaign focused on a recent change in the way Google operates the part of its search engine devoted to shopping results. The revisions require merchants to pay Google to have their products listed in the shopping section. In its new ads, Microsoft Corp. contends the new approach betrays Google Inc.'s longstanding commitment to provide the most trustworthy results on the Web, even if it means forgoing revenue. Failed company needs OK for sale

Government attorneys say failed battery maker A123 Systems Inc. needs the government's consent in order to sell its assets. The Justice Department told a Delaware bankruptcy judge Tuesday that any sale of A123's assets must protect the government's interests. The Department of Energy gave the Waltham, Mass., company a $249 million grant three years ago. A123, which makes lithium ion batteries for electric cars, grid storage and commercial and military applications, is in the process of selling its assets. World

Nokia will sue BlackBerry maker

Nokia Corp. said Wednesday that it is suing Research In Motion, the maker of the BlackBerry, for breach of contract in Britain, the United States and Canada over cellular patents the two companies agreed on nine years ago. The struggling Finnish cellphone maker agreed with RIM in 2003 on a license that covers patents on “standards-essential” technologies for mobile devices. RIM has since claimed the license should also have covered patents for non-essential parts and it filed arbitration proceedings with the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce in March 2011. Earlier this month, the Arbitration Institute of Stockholm Chamber of Commerce ruled against RIM's claims.

From wire reports