After filing in 2004, google finally got its patent on â€œSystem and method for efficient large-scale data processingâ€ approved yesterday.
Gigaom pointed out that if Google really wants to enforce it, it would have to go after many different vendors who are implementing â€œmapreduceâ€ in some form in their applications and databases.
Googleâ€™s intentions of how to use it are not clear, but this is what one of the spokesperson said.
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