Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 20th May 2012 22:50 UTC
Google "Google said on Saturday that Chinese authorities have approved its $12.5 billion purchase of Motorola Mobility Holdings, the last regulatory hurdle to a deal that would allow the world's No. 1 Internet search engine to develop its own line of smart phones." The main requirement from the Chinese government? Google needs to keep Android open and free for at least five years. I'm guessing that's the time Baidu needs to properly fork Android.
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Interesting
by Lorin on Mon 21st May 2012 01:38 UTC
Lorin
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2010-04-06

Interesting considering that we are talking about a US company buying another US company, seems like an internal matter and none of their business. Which is what the Chinese would be yelling at us about if we told them which companies they can buy in their own country.

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RE: Interesting
by zima on Mon 21st May 2012 02:37 in reply to "Interesting"
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2005-07-06

we are talking about a US company that often must maneuver to have access to one of the largest and still dynamically growing markets, and prefers to have that place (and its manufacturers, exporting handsets throughout the world) more or less standardising on their mobile OS, buying another US company which manufactures most (all?) of their products in that very same place - and which, after some years of setbacks, retreated from most markets ...except, notably, the one discussed here (among few others; so presumably important)

There, fixed (and I'm sure there's more)

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