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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april fool's?
by bnolsen on Mon 15th Aug 2011 21:56 UTC
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For a second there I had to check my calendar to make sure it isn't april fool's day. On the surface from the business side I really don't get it. Google has been doing pretty well just being an OS provider letting the hardware manufacturers do what they do.

If this purchase went down mostly due to patent deals...well things have sunk to a new low where being a patent troll pays the most.

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