Google Acquires Motorola Mobility for $12.5 Billion; Patents Seen as a Leading Reason for Deal
- Official Announcement
- “Google to Acquire Motorola Mobility for $12.5 Billion (via Bloomberg)
- “Google: We’re Spending $12.5 Billion on Motorola to ‘Protect’ Android” (via AllThingsD/WSJ)
Btw, the AllThingsD article also includes a live blog of the conference call and correctly observes that the FTC antitrust about Google probe in the U.S. and a number of investigations in the EU does not seem to be a problem for the company as it relates to the acquisition. Let’s see what DC politicos and insiders have to say about the deal.
Google also said that they will run (at least for know) Motorola as a separate company.
- Jon Fortt, CNBC: Effect on RIM and Nokia
- Jon Fortt: TV Box Implications
- Jon Fortt: Patent Implications
- Tavis McCourt, Managing Director, Morgan Keegan: Early Attempt to Replicate Apple’s Business Model
- Tavis McCourt: Biz Model For Selling an OS in Mobile Wold, Need Handsets is Difficult
Nicholas Thompson, senior editor at the New Yorker magazine and a Bloomberg Television contributing editor says:
- A “Strange” but “Smart” Deal
- Likely to “Alienate” Google’s Other Partners (re: Android OS)
- For Google, They Want The Patents (Google Has More Than 40 Android Patent Lawsuits)
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