April 23, 2012 VIA E-MAIL Sam O’Rourke Facebook Inc.

1601 Willow Road Menlo Park, CA 94025 Re: Yahoo! Inc. Server Patents and Facebook Data Centers

Dear Sam: Pursuant to our earlier agreement to contact one another regarding intellectual property issues, I write to bring a matter to your attention. Based on publicly available information, we believe that Yahoo!’s proprietary server technology may be relevant to Facebook’s data centers and their servers. Such technology is described and claimed in, among others, United States Patents Nos.: 6,209,003; 6,279,001; 6,314,463; 6,317,786; 6,912,534; 6,976,093; 6,993,590; 7,035,943; 7,143,193; 7,243,136; 7,356,589; 7,581,006; 7,957,142; 7,430,118; 7,672,128; and 8,108,347. The basis for our belief is the descriptions of certain aspects of Facebook’s data centers and servers in, for example: Tom Furlong, Tech Talk: Open Compute Project, available at https://www.facebook.com/Engineering/app_260691170608423 Steve Furuta, Open Compute Project: Server Chassis and Triplet Hardware v1.0 Tudor Golubenco, Understanding the code inside Tornado, the asynchronous web server, http://golubenco.org/2009/09/19/understanding-the-code-inside-tornado-the-asynchronousweb-server-powering-friendfeed/ Andrew Mager, Tornado: The real-time web server from Facebook, http://www.zdnet.com/blog/weblife/tornado-the-real-time-web-server-from-facebook/858 Jay Park, Open Compute Project: Data Center v.1.0 Jay Park, Designing a Very Efficient Data Center, available at https://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=10150148003778920

Xin Qi, HipHop for PHP: More Optimization for Efficient Servers, available at Servers, https://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=10150121348198920 ://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=10150121348198920 Jeff Rothschild, High Performance at Massive Scale – Lessons Learned at Facebook, Facebook available at http://www.slides http://www.slideshare.net/mozion/facebook-architecture-for for-600m-users Paul Saab, Scaling memcached at Facebook available at Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=39391378919 Martin Schoeller, A Glimpse Inside a Facebook Server Farm, Time, at Farm, http://www.time.com/time/photogallery/0,29307,2036928,00.html Jason Sobel, Scaling Out available at Out, https://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=23844338919 http://www.opencompute.org http://developers.facebook http://developers.facebook.com/opensource http://www.tornadoweb.org

We also understand that at least one former Yahoo! employee who had responsibility in connection with i Yahoo!’s data centers now has responsibility over the operations of Facebook’s data centers. I would like to discuss this matter with you on or before Thursday, April 26, 2012. Please provide a time on or before that date that you will be available. Thanks, and I look forward to talking with you. Sincerely,

Kevin Kramer

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