Do tech giants deserve to keep their corporate secrets?

The likes of Google, Apple and Microsoft may want to hide their secrets from prying eyes during their very public legal spats but experts are troubled by a trend that infringes on a basic American legal principle.

Two weeks before a high-stakes trial pitting Google's Motorola Mobility unit against Microsoft, Google made what has become a common request for a technology company fighting for billions of dollars: A public court proceeding, conducted largely in secret.

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