Friendster awarded social networking patent

Troubled Friendster has been awarded a broad patent covering social networking that could cover activities of rival sites, the Red Herring reported on Thursday.

"The U.S. patent, which was awarded June 27, is extremely general, and would seem to cover the activities of many other sites, especially those like LinkedIn that allow people to connect within a certain number of degrees of separation," the article says.

Asked whether Friendster would sue, President Kent Lindstrom said "It's way too early to say...We'll do what we can to protect our intellectual property."

After a failed attempt to get bought, Friendster got some capital from investor Kleiner Perkins earlier this year to get it out of debt.

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