Google, Microsoft patent spat escalates




NEW YORK (AP) -- Tech heavyweights Microsoft and Google are acting like a couple of feuding starlets in a public online spat over -- wait for it -- patents.

It's not the first time Microsoft and Google have gone at each other's throats, nor is it likely the last.

Now, Google is accusing Microsoft, Apple and others of launching a "hostile organized campaign" against its Android operating system. Last month, a consortium that includes Microsoft Corp., Apple Inc. and Research In Motion Ltd. prevailed over Google Inc. with a $4.5 billion cash bid for patents belonging to the bankrupt Nortel Networks.

Microsoft executives responded to Google's blog posts via tweets.