Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 15th Aug 2011 12:04 UTC
Google Okay once again I'm breaking my own one-week time-off from OSNews due to, you know, taking a break and being too busy with other things, but this one is big - very big. Also, only the second time in OSNews history we've used the 'breaking'-tag. Google has just announced it is going to buy Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion (more here). While providing Google with a dedicated mobile phone business, it also gives Google ownership of one of the most valuable mobile technology patent portfolios in existence. Update: Responses from the Android ecosystem are positive. HTC: "We welcome the news of today's acquisition, which demonstrates that Google is deeply committed to defending Android, its partners, and the entire ecosystem." Sony Ericsson & LG: "We welcome Google's commitment to defending Android and its partners."
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RE: Comment by shmerl
by Beta on Mon 15th Aug 2011 16:31 UTC in reply to "Comment by shmerl"
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Now, is Google going to be consistent with claiming that they aren't evil, and granting Motorola's mobile patents as DPL (Defensive Patent License) benefiting all open source communities in general?

Their WebM move shows they have done it before, and can do it again.

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RE[2]: Comment by shmerl
by shmerl on Mon 15th Aug 2011 16:33 in reply to "RE: Comment by shmerl"
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This might be slightly different. Google is yet to show how they feel about Meego for example. And granting Motorola's patents as DPL can benefit all mobile open source field, not just Android alone.

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