I’ve been working on a longer-form piece on what I believe is the new bubble in the tech community: patents. Hopefully I’ll find time to finish and post that this week. But in the interim, the news of Facebook licensing AOL patents from Microsoft is just so ironic and dismaying at the same time, it can’t be ignored. A smart move by Facebook, but demonstrates how far down a bad path we are getting. Those of us that are actively building companies know this is a dangerous and sad road.