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Google announces patent agreement with China's Tencent

BEIJING, Jan 19 (Reuters) - Alpahbet Inc's Google said it had agreed to a patent cross-licensing deal with Chinese social media and gaming firm Tencent Holdings Ltd, the U.S. company said on Friday.

The agreement covers a broad range of products and paves the way for collaboration on technology in the future, it said.

Google has similar patent agreements with a handful of other firms, but the latest agreement represents the first such deal with a large Chinese tech firm. (Reporting by Cate Cadell; Editing by Himani Sarkar)