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Since its launch in November 2007, Android has not only dramatically increased consumer choice but also improved the entire mobile experience for users. Today, more than 150 million Android devices have been activated worldwide—with over 550,000 devices now lit up every day—through a network of about 39 manufacturers and 231 carriers in 123 countries. Given Android’s phenomenal success, we are always looking for new ways to supercharge the Android ecosystem. That is why I am so excited today to announce that we have agreed to acquire Motorola.

Motorola has a history of over 80 years of innovation in communications technology and products, and in the development of intellectual property, which have helped drive the remarkable revolution in mobile computing we are all enjoying today. Its many industry milestones include the introduction of the world’s first portable cell phone nearly 30 years ago, and the StarTAC—the smallest and lightest phone on earth at time of launch. In 2007, Motorola was a founding member of the Open Handset Alliance that worked to make Android the first truly open and comprehensive platform for mobile devices. I have loved my Motorola phones from the StarTAC era up to the current DROIDs.

In 2008, Motorola bet big on Android as the sole operating system across all of its smartphone devices. It was a smart bet and we’re thrilled at the success they’ve achieved so far. We believe that their mobile business is on an upward trajectory and poised for explosive growth.

Motorola is also a market leader in the home devices and video solutions business. With the transition to Internet Protocol, we are excited to work together with Motorola and the industry to support our partners and cooperate with them to accelerate innovation in this space.

Motorola’s total commitment to Android in mobile devices is one of many reasons that there is a natural fit between our two companies. Together, we will create amazing user experiences that supercharge the entire Android ecosystem for the benefit of consumers, partners and developers everywhere.

This acquisition will not change our commitment to run Android as an open platform. Motorola will remain a licensee of Android and Android will remain open. We will run Motorola as a separate business. Many hardware partners have contributed to Android’s success and we look forward to continuing to work with all of them to deliver outstanding user experiences.

We recently explained how companies including Microsoft and Apple are banding together in anti-competitive patent attacks on Android. The U.S. Department of Justice had to intervene in the results of one recent patent auction to “protect competition and innovation in the open source software community” and it is currently looking into the results of the Nortel auction. Our acquisition of Motorola will increase competition by strengthening Google’s patent portfolio, which will enable us to better protect Android from anti-competitive threats from Microsoft, Apple and other companies.

The combination of Google and Motorola will not only supercharge Android, but will also enhance competition and offer consumers accelerating innovation, greater choice, and wonderful user experiences. I am confident that these great experiences will create huge value for shareholders.

I look forward to welcoming Motorolans to our family of Googlers.
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A Motorola Mobility shareholder has initiated a class-action lawsuit against the company after CEO Sanjay Jha announced intentions to sell the firm to Google for $12.5 billion. The shareholder hopes to block the sale and argues that Motorola Mobility failed to shop around for the best price. “The offered consideration does not compensate shareholders for the company’s intrinsic value and stand-alone alternatives going forward, nor does it compensate shareholders for the company’s value as a strategic asset for Google,” investor John W. Keating said in the lawsuit. “Motorola has experienced an economic resurgence since separating into two separate companies,” he added. “The Android smartphone technology it relies on continues to gain ground on Apple’s iPhone.” If the deal is approved, Motorola Mobility will pay its investors $40 per share in cash.

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Of Motorola Mobility’s 17,000 (and 7,500 Pending) Patents, 18 Will Be Key to Protecting Android




Just the other day, we were wondering how much of Motorola Mobility’s patents Google actually valued and would use in their efforts to defend Android. In Google’s proposed purchase of MMI, they will take on 17,000 existing patents while another 7,500 are pending approval (and odds are they certainly will get that approval).
According to patent lawyer David Mixon, about 18 of Motorola’s patents will be key in Google’s defense of the fastest-growing smartphone operating system ever. Just what are these patents, you ask?
One patent from 2001 disables a "touch sensitive" sensor when a smartphone is near a user’s head to prevent inadvertent hang-ups or dialing. Another from 1994 aims to increase data storage, while a third enables users to control when a global positioning system sends their location data over a network.
If that is true, I’d say Google has a strong left hook waiting for Apple, RIM and Microsoft in the legal battlegrounds of the world. As I speculated last week, it’s entirely possible that Motorola wasn’t using patents they already own in defending themselves from Apple.
Other things supposedly covered in these coveted patents include touch-screen motions (though we’re not sure if that’s the same as proximity-based touchscreen disabling), software-application management and 3G cellular data technology.
So it looks like Google has a gold-mine they’re waiting to sink their teeth into (inappropriate given the circumstances?) but the acquisition still has to be approved. Let’s hope these will be enough to get Apple to call off the hounds
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Motorola has just announced that 99 percent of shares voted in favor of their proposed acquisition by Google. Motorola is attempting to move quick to complete the deal but the company still faces a few more hurdles to they will have to jump over. First off, regulatory approval is still needed before anything else can happen and don’t forget the Department of Justice launching an investigation on the proposed merger, which could pose even more problems for Google and Motorola. Just don’t expect the deal to officially go through until early next year.
Motorola recently laid off 5 percent of it’s workforce in an anticipation of the Google acquisition (even thought they deny that was the reason) attempting to bring down operating costs continually hitting the company hard year after year. You can check out Motorola’s full press release down below.
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LIBERTYVILLE, Ill. - Nov. 17, 2011 - Motorola Mobility Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: MMI) ("Motorola Mobility") today announced that at the Company’s Special Meeting of Stockholders held today, stockholders voted overwhelmingly to approve the proposed merger with Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG) ("Google").
Approximately 99 percent of the shares voting at today’s Special Meeting of Stockholders voted in favor of the adoption of the merger agreement, which represented approximately 74 percent of Motorola Mobility’s total outstanding shares of common stock as of the October 11, 2011 record date for the Special Meeting.
Sanjay Jha, chairman and CEO of Motorola Mobility, said, "We are pleased and gratified by the strong support we have received from our stockholders, with more than 99 percent of the voting shares voting in support of the transaction. We look forward to working with Google to realize the significant value this combination will bring to our stockholders and all the new opportunities it will provide our dedicated employees, customers, and partners."
As previously announced on August 15, 2011, Motorola Mobility and Google entered into a definitive agreement for Google to acquire Motorola Mobility for $40.00 per share in cash, or a total of approximately $12.5 billion. The Company previously disclosed that it expected the merger to close by the end of 2011 or early 2012. While the Company continues to work to complete the transaction as expeditiously as possible, given the schedule of regulatory filings, it currently believes that the close is expected to occur in early 2012. It is important to note however, that the merger is subject to various closing conditions, and it is possible that the failure to timely meet such conditions or other factors outside of the Company’s control could delay or prevent the Company from completing the merger altogether.
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This press release includes forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, for example, the expected closing date of the transaction. Forward-looking statements involve certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those indicated in such forward-looking statements, including but not limited to the ability of the parties to consummate the proposed transaction and the satisfaction of the conditions precedent to consummation of the proposed transaction, including the ability to secure regulatory and other approvals at all or in a timely manner; and the other risks and uncertainties contained and identified in Motorola Mobility’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC"), any of which could cause actual results to differ materially from the forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements included in this press release are made only as of the date hereof Motorola Mobility does not undertake any obligation to update the forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent events or circumstances or update the reasons that actual results could differ materially from those anticipated in forward-looking statements, except as required by law.
About Motorola Mobility
Motorola Mobility, Inc. (NYSE:MMI) fuses innovative technology with human insights to create experiences that simplify, connect and enrich people’s lives. Our portfolio includes converged mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets; wireless accessories; end-to-end video and data delivery; and management solutions, including set-tops and data-access devices. For more information, visit motorola.com/mobility.
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I hope this happens. I have a "few" shares of MMI
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(Reuters) – Motorola Mobility, which is seeking regulatory approval to be bought by Google Inc, has filed a new lawsuit against Apple Inc accusing the iPhone maker of infringing its technology patents.
The case filed in a Florida federal court on Wednesday is the latest turn in a bigger legal battle between Apple and Motorola Mobility, which runs its phones on Google's Android software -- the biggest rival of Apple's iOS mobile phone system.
Motorola said the patents cited in the latest lawsuit are the same ones it is fighting to protect in a different Florida lawsuit. This complaint is against two of Apple's latest products, the iPhone 4S and Apple's iCloud remote storage service for music and other media, Motorola said.
In the lawsuit, Motorola said it was suing Apple for infringing six of its patents involving technologies related to wireless antennae, software, data filtering and messaging.
A spokesperson for Apple was not immediately available for comment.
The filing follows a preliminary decision issued earlier this month by the U.S. International Trade Commission that Motorola did not violate Apple patents in another case Apple brought against Motorola.
In December, Motorola won a preliminary injunction against Apple in Germany, which could bar the sale of iPhones and iPad tablets in that country. Google agreed to buy Motorola for $12.5 billion in August in an effort to gain control of the mobile phone maker's deep portfolio of patents.
The case is Motorola Mobility Inc vs Apple Inc, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida Case No.
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Motorola Expects Google Takeover to Complete in Early 2012



During their earnings call on Friday, Motorola provided an update regarding the $12.5 billion takeover by Google. They have quoted early 2012 as the expected timeframe for the completion of the deal, but have noted that "factors outside the company’s control" could come into play.
As Android and Me reports, the biggest problem might come in Europe, where the US-based Consumer Watchdog has requested the EU to stop the deal via a letter saying:
"Allowing the Motorola Mobility deal would provide Google with unprecedented dominance in virtually all aspects of the mobile world - manufacturing, operating systems, search and advertising. It would be a virtually unstoppable juggernaut. We urge the Commission to block the proposed $12.5 billion deal."
It seems like a reach to me, but Google and Motorola won’t be taking anything for grante
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GOOGLE RUMOR: Nikesh Arora Will Run Motorola After The Deal Closes




There's an internal rumor at Google that Nikesh Arora, the company's SVP and Chief Business Officer, will run Motorola once the Google-Motorola deal closes later this year. Nikesh, who ran the company's international business for Eric Schmidt and then took over the global business when Schmidt stepped down, is thought to have been "agitating" for a CEO role. He was recently said to be on a list of candidates to become CEO of Yahoo. It's possible that the CEO slot at Motorola was part of Google's counter to that opportunity.
This rumor supports our theory that Google CEO Larry Page does not, in fact, intend to sell Motorola's manufacturing businesses the moment the deal closes. Most people think Page bought Motorola merely for its patent portfolio and will dump the manufacturing operations as soon as he can.
But given Page's propensity to make big bets outside Google's core competency, as well as Apple's phenomenal success as an integrated hardware/software manufacturer, we suspect that Page will at least experiment with manufacturing fully integrated gadgets for a while.
The rumor is that Dennis Woodside, who ran UK sales for Nikesh and then became head of US sales when Tim Armstrong left to become CEO of AOL, will take over Nikesh's current role.


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Google is going to monopolize the android OS.
Obviously they dont want to drive anyone off or give preferential treatment but I would love to see some combination of in-house Google/Moto hardware coming out. Motorola's hardware has been really top knotch of late, seeing Nexii running on it would be great.

Samsung is big and all but their stuff has had a bit of a quality issue and typically lacks design and feels cheap. HTC is doing well too but they seem committed to their skin. If Google convinced Moto to drop blur and run vanilla on its devices it would finally bring some choice back.
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Reuters: US Department of Justice to Approve Google-Motorola Deal, Could Clear Deal As Early As Next Week



Reuters is reporting from sources close to the matter that Google and Motorola will have their acquisition proposal approved by the United States Department of Justice and that the deal could be cleared as early as next week. It will allow Google to purchase Motorola for $12.5 billion. While Google will own Motorola, Motorola will continue to operate as a separate entity.
Google’s really in it for the patents that Motorola’s been successful with, as of late. Google originally stated that the acquisition would be key in their hopes to help Android OEM partners up against serious injunction lawsuits from competitors Microsoft and Apple.

Google has faced a long road to get to this point. With the opportunity to take control of a patent portfolio as big as Motorola’s, competitors and antitrust regulators carefully scrutinized this deal. Google’s approach to it all has gone a long way to ensuring those folks that they won’t abuse their power once they do gain control of the extremely lucrative portfolio.
The Mountain View company sent letters to the IEEE and other standards committees to reassure them that they won’t use the patents for evil and will only seek injunction if other parties seek injunction against Google and/or its partners. Read more about that here.
If the deal is approved, don’t expect much to change. Motorola will be Motorola and will push out devices like they have been. They’ll have a nice payday to make up for the quarter losses they’ve suffered and they won’t be getting preferential treatment from Google in terms of Android. Still, we’re happy to see that all of this will down
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European Commission Approves Google/Motorola Deal



The European Commission has approved Google’s proposal to acquire Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion. It’s another big hurdle cleared for the Mountain View company who stands to take control of a patent portfolio in the tens of thousands range should they get cleared from other regulatory bodies, including the US Department of Justice, Taiwan, China, and Israel. There is little doubt that Google will be able to gain approval from all of the bodies they need to, especially considering their biggest obstacles are behind them. Google expects the deal to be approved, cleared and closed by the end of this quarter and, at this pace, they’ll meet their goal handily.
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2nd UPDATE: Justice Department, EU Clear Google Buy Of Motorola Mobility



--EU antitrust approves deal but warns about patent lawsuits
--Justice Department also clears deal, but indicated close watch on patents
--Google sees approval as important milestone
(Updates with antitrust clearance by the Justice Department.)
By Frances Robinson and Brent Kendall Of DOW JONES NEWSWIRES WASHINGTON (Dow Jones)--Google Inc.'s (GOOG) $12.5 billion acquisition of smartphone and tablet developer Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc. (MMI) on Monday received antitrust clearance from the U.S. Justice Department and the European Union, but regulators said they will monitor how Google and others use essential patents in the wireless industry.
The Justice Department on Monday also cleared second tech-patent deal that has raised antitrust concerns in the smartphone industry. It will allow a consortium of tech companies including Apple Inc. (AAPL), Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) and Research In Motion Ltd. (RIMM) to acquire a trove of patents from bankrupt Canadian telecom-equipment maker Nortel Networks Corp. for $4.5 billion.
In a third related announcement, the department cleared Apple's acquisition of certain patents held by Novell Inc.
The department said in a statement the transactions "are not likely to significantly change existing market dynamics."
Monday's regulatory milestones move Google nearer to closing an acquisition that it says is very important to its mobile strategy. "The combination of Google and Motorola Mobility will help supercharge Android," Google said Monday, referring to its mobile operating system that is used in many smartphones. The deal will give Google a powerful arsenal of patents to use in the increasing number of courtroom battles worldwide over the hotly-contested smartphone market.
Google is still awaiting antitrust approval from other countries where Motorola does business--namely China. The deal might not close for several weeks, said people familiar with the matter.
The EU's antitrust clearance of the Google deal came with a stern warning that companies should stop using certain types of patents to sue each other. "We have approved this acquisition because, upon careful examination, this transaction does not itself raise competition issues," EU Competition Commissioner Joaquin Almunia told reporters. "But we will not abandon monitoring of this issue."
The EU and the Justice Department said they are paying special attention to standards-essential patents, which are necessary to make phones work with an industry standard, like 3G or WiFi.
Companies who hold these patents must license them to peers on a fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory basis--known as "Frand." This means patents can't be used to stop rivals putting a product on the market or companies charging extraordinarily high royalty payments to prevent rivals using the technology.
"Today's decision does not mean the merger clearance blesses all actions by Motorola in the past or all future action by Google with regard to the use of standard essential patents," Almunia said, noting that Motorola has some injunctions in Germany against Apple. In a recent court judgment, Apple got the sale of one Samsung tablet computer blocked in the country.
Earlier this month, the commission started a formal investigation into whether South Korea's Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. (SSNHY, 005930.SE) is using standards-essential patents to sue rivals including Apple--he said the case is "a priority" today.
Almunia said he had started the case against Samsung because the company was using injunctions to try and block the sale of Apple's products, without having first offered to license access to the standards-essential patents on a Frand basis first--and that he is ready to do the same against other companies.
Samsung has said it believes the commission will ultimately conclude the company complies with the rules.
"We are aware of the increasingly strategic use of patents in the sector and are vigilant," Almunia said.
Almunia said the commission is trying to establish "rules of the game" for what it called a "patents war" between the various technology companies.
Almunia said that while companies have written to various standard-setting organizations, they have promised different levels of commitment to protecting and licensing the patents, which is a cause of concern for authorities.
Last week, Google sent letters to dozens of standards organizations promising that it would offer licenses for Frand patents in Motorola's portfolio, but in contrast to Apple and Microsoft it didn't rule out seeking injunctions against any potential violators.
The Justice Department said Monday that its concern about the anticompetitive use of standard-essential patents "was lessened by the clear commitments by Apple and Microsoft" on their licensing policies. Google's commitments were "more ambiguous," the department noted.
It said it would continue to monitor the use of standard-essential patents in the wireless device industry and "will not hesitate to take appropriate enforcement action" to stop the anticompetitive use of patent rights.
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Google’s Dennis Woodside appointed CEO of Motorola Mobility




Google has selected Dennis Woodside to head Motorola Mobility, Bloomberg reported on Thursday. Woodside was most recently President the Americas region at Google. Previous rumors had Nikesh Arora, Google’s SVP and Chief Business Officer, pegged to be CEO of Motorola, with Woodside replacing Arora following his appointment. According to his LinkedIn profile, Woodside has been an employee at Google since 2003.
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Motorola goes on the record, assures us that nothing will change after Google’s acquisition




Google’s acquisition of Motorola has raised major concerns. Will Moto get dibs? Will Google close down the Android OS? Will Motorola stop making devices with its custom UI? Google has gone ahead and told us multiple times that it will not have anything to do with Motorola’s manufacturing plans, and the acquisition is solely meant to expand its patent portfolio.We have not heard much about this from Motorola, though. But when asked about the matter, Senior VP of Portfolio and Product Management Alain Mutricy reassured us that Google is not lying. The plan is that Motorola Mobility and Google will continue to be separate entities.
We never know what could happen, though. Google has already decided to switch CEOs, and put its very own Dennis Woodside at the head of the company. We will simply have to wait and see what happens.
Surely, it would be great to see Motorola’s devices being influenced by Google. This could make for a better software/hardware design, within the manufacturer’s line-up, as Charles West mentions. We should also consider other factors, though.
There is a very thin line to consider here, and it is hard to decide what is too much, or too little. Google’s success is majorly influenced by the competition and adoption from many manufacturers. This is something we would hate to see going away. Other companies might feel like they have a disadvantage over Motorola. This could lead them to do better, or in the worst case scenario, to slowly leave the Android ecosystem.
But what do you guys think? Do you believe there is a good balance Google and Motorola could find, in order to maek some great devices? Or should they jsut stay out of each other’s business?
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Motorola exec: Product strategy won't change after Google acquisition






BARCELONA, Spain--Motorola Mobility (NYSE:MMI) does not expect to change its product strategy in the aftermath of the close of Google's (NASDAQ:GOOG) $12.5 billion acquisition of the company, a senior Motorola executive said.
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Alain Mutricy, Motorola's senior vice president of portfolio and product management, told FierceWireless in an interview here at Mobile World Congress that Motorola will not alter its plans once it comes under the Google "umbrella." Google's acquisition of Motorola has been approved by regulators in the United States and European Union but has not officially closed.

Mutricy said that until the deal closes, Motorola and Google are separate companies and that because of antitrust rules there has been extremely limited discussion between the two firms. He said Motorola will continue as a separate brand and a subsidiary of Google, and he doesn't think there will be many changes to Motorola's product roadmap this year.

"I don't see a very short term, complete change of the product direction," he said. "I think that we have a business to run, and therefore I think that there is continuity to be expected for 2012."

Andy Rubin, Google's senior vice president in charge of mobile, said he is aware of the concerns that Google will favor Motorola, but stressed that Google has "literally built a firewall" between the Android team and Motorola. Mutricy said it is in Motorola's interest to keep Android open. However, Mutricy said that having closer collaboration on Google services such as Google+ and YouTube could be an opportunity.

In the interview, Mutricy also touched on several other topics, and said Motorola had made a conscious decision to slim down its product portfolio in early 2011 but only declared it was doing so in January 2012. "We want to be mindful on the frequency of product replacement," he said. "It's a balance between consumer demand and competitive pressure, to be clear."
Mutricy said that the company's Webtop application, which allows users to connect their Motorola devices to docks and give them desktop browsing and other features, "is still our innovation from a technology standpoint." However, he noted that it didn't find the success that the company was expecting because the productivity suite available on Android was not as robust as it should have been, and so enterprises did not adopt it heavily. He also said that the product was not effectively marketed to people who use web applications such as Facebook and email heavily. "We're refining the value proposition and the marketing of the Webtop application," he added.

The Motorola executive also said that the company is committed to tablets but has not put a lot of marketing dollars into the devices. He also said the first Android Honeycomb tablets were "not ready for prime time" in terms of apps or services. Mutricy said that the flood of Honeycomb tablets from Asian vendors last year were not all of the best quality, and that consumers could not understand whether the software was the problem or the hardware. That rush of inconsistent products at a wide range of price points undercut Android tablets, he said. "Because Android opened so quickly, the vast number of competitors in my view actually decreased the value of Android in the mind of consumers," he said. Still, Mutricy said Motorola is upgrading its tablets--Verizon Wireless (NYSE:VZ) recently launched the LTE-enabled Xyboard tablets, for example.
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Google, Motorola Mobility Must Give Android Data to Apple



Google Inc. and a Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc. (MMI) unit were ordered by the U.S. judge presiding over an Apple Inc. (AAPL) patent lawsuit to turn over information about the development of Google’s Android operating system.
The Motorola Mobility unit and Google must also hand over to Apple information about Google’s pending $12.5 billion acquisition of the mobile-phone maker, U.S. Circuit Judge Richard A. Posner in Chicago ruled yesterday.
Posner’s decision came in a patent lawsuit filed in 2010 by Cupertino, California-based Apple against Motorola Mobility, which has countersued.
“The Android/Motorola acquisition discovery is highly relevant to Apple’s claims and defenses,” Apple’s attorneys’ said in a March 2 filing requesting the judge’s order.
Apple, maker of the iPhone, has been waging a global fight with the former Motorola Inc. unit that sells phones using Google Inc. (GOOG)’s Android operating system.
Posner, a federal appeals court judge who is presiding over the trial court-level case, has scheduled back-to-back trials before separate juries starting June 11. The first will address six Apple patents, and the second will cover three Motorola patents.
“Motorola shall be expected to obtain full and immediate compliance by Google with Apple’s liability discovery demands,” the judge said in a February order.
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Motorola Mobility opposed Apple’s request, arguing that Google, the operator of the world’s most-visited Internet search portal, isn’t a party to the lawsuit.
“Google’s employees and documents are not within the ‘possession, custody, or control’ of Motorola, and Motorola cannot force Google to produce documents or witnesses over Google’s objections,” lawyers for the mobile phone maker said in a court filing earlier yesterday.
Motorola Mobility was spun off from Motorola Inc. -- now Motorola Solutions Inc. (MSI) Jennifer Erickson, a spokeswoman for the Libertyville, Illinois-based company, declined to comment on the ruling.
Niki Fenwick, a spokeswoman at Google, said in an e-mail that the company wouldn’t comment beyond what was submitted in court papers.
The case is Apple Inc. v. Motorola Inc., 11-cv-08540, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois (Chicago).
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Google looking to unload Motorola's TV set-top box business

This just in: The TV set-top box is on its deathbed.
Google is looking to unload the set-top box business it will inherit from Motorola Mobility even before it closes on the $12.5 billion acquisition, The Post has learned.
The move appears to be an about-face from last August, when Google CEO Larry Page, in announcing the deal, suggested the business would play a role in his plans for revolutionizing the living room.
Google isn’t the only player looking to get out of the business. As The Post reported exclusively last month, Cisco is also seeking to sell Scientific Atlanta, which along with Motorola has had a near duopoly on the set-top box business.



And at least two other smaller cable-box players, Pace and Thomson’s Technicolor, are also expected to test the marketplace by putting their businesses on the block, sources said.
Once the main conduit to the couch, the clunky cable box is viewed in many circles as an obstacle to a newer generation of software and devices capable of integrating TV and the Web.
Plenty of people predict that the box won’t survive the onslaught. For instance, Google offers its own Internet-connected operating system, Google TV.
“Software is the value, not the hardware,” said one set-top box executive.
Infonetics, a company that tracks the set-top box market, predicted that last year was the peak for the business and that sales will decline this year and beyond.
To be sure, some executives believe the set-top box will shrink but not fade away entirely.
“Boxes will get thinner because more intelligence will be in the ‘cloud,’ but you’ll still need a gateway to the home,” said one executive in the business.
That’s prompting speculation that private-equity firms may look to milk the business by rolling up the main players.
“We’re beginning to hear private equity stirring on how they could put it all together,” said one source.
While Google hasn’t put out a sales book on the set-top box business, it has enlisted Frank Quattrone’s investment bank, Qatalyst Partners, and Barclays Capital to help shop the asset.
“On a long-term basis, legacy set-top boxes don’t win,” one senior tech source said, adding that Google gets “10 times more data from their other devices than they can get from a cable box.”
Other sources have confirmed that, while it is still early in the process, Google is highly likely to sell off the business, in part because cable operators have shunned buying boxes from Motorola ahead of Google’s purchase.
Meanwhile, Motorola, which has been losing share, tried unsuccessfully to sell the business in 2009 for $4.5 billion.
With other devices such as Apple TV and Roku,stealing the show, the price tag is expected to be even lower. One source ballparked the price at anywhere between $2.5 billion and $4 billion.
“We don’t comment on rumor or speculation,” said a Google spokeswoman.
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Apple Fails to Wrest Android Data From Motorola Mobility



Apple Inc. lost a bid to force Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc. (MMI) to turn over data about Google Inc. (GOOG)’s development of its Android mobile-phone operating system and planned acquisition of the mobile-phone manufacturer.
U.S. Circuit Judge Richard A. Posner, who in June will preside over back-to-back patent trials pitting Apple against Motorola, denied the production request in a single-paragraph order issued yesterday.
“The motion is vague and overbroad and Motorola’s objections are persuasive,” Posner wrote. The mobile-phone maker’s opposition to Apple’s March 16 demand was filed under seal.
Google last month received U.S. and European Union approval for its planned $12.5 billion acquisition of Libertyville, Illinois-based Motorola Mobility, which already makes phones reliant upon the Android system.
Google, based in Mountain View, California, would also acquire about 17,000 patents. In a regulatory filing yesterday, Motorola said it expects to complete the sale in the first half of this year, while adding that it can provide no assurances the transaction will be approved by China.
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Motorola Mobility (MMI), which spun off from Motorola Inc. last year, has been warring with Apple over patent rights in U.S. and European courts.
Posner on March 5 ordered Motorola to produce the information sought by Apple on its pending acquisition and the Android development data. In its March 16 filing, Apple told the court Motorola hadn’t yet complied.
Appended to that filing was a copy of a March 16 e-mailed message from Motorola attorney Amanda Williamson to Apple counsel Robert Vlasis objecting to the scope of some of Apple’s information requests.
“If Apple desires a further court order compelling production of data within the scope of the March 5 order,” Posner said in his order today, “it will have to narrow its request to a manageable and particularized set of documents.”
Kristin Huguet, a spokeswoman for Apple, declined to comment on Posner’s decision. Jennifer Erickson, a Motorola Mobility spokeswoman, didn’t reply to telephone and e-mail messages seeking comment.
The case is Apple Inc. (AAPL) v. Motorola Inc., 11-cv-08540, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois (Chicago).
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Google's Plans For Motorola Revealed!




When Google bought Motorola Mobility for $12 billion last summer, the company told press, shareholders and partners that it made the purchase for Motorola's patents. That's true.
Google got a great price for Motorola's patents, which well help protect the company from lawsuits that otherwise might have been crippling.
Google also said that it will not give Motorola favorable treatment, and that it will have to fight for Google's business like all the other third-party manufacturers of phones running Google's mobile operatingsystem, Android.
Google continues to say that there will be a firewall between Motorola's – let's be real and call it Google's – handset hardware development and Google's handset operating system development.
But here's the truth, according to a person briefed on Google's plans for the merger: while Google may have originally wanted to buy Motorola for its patents only, it has come to realize that it wants to follow Apple's lead when it comes to smartphone and tabletcomputer development. A second source, also briefed on Google's plans for Motorola, confirms this is true.
(Both sources declined to comment because each would like to continue being briefed by Google on its plans.)
Google now wants to design smartphone hardware, software, and make the sale.
To be clear: Google's ambition is not another Nexus One, a third-party manufactured smartphone it helped design from the ground-up in an effort to show all that Android could do. Google wants to domore. It wants to have its own iPhone business.
Whether Google will actually be able to pursue this plan, over the furious objections of some partners, is still up in the air.
The third-party companies that already make Android phones – Samsung and HTC lead the way – are slowly realizing Google's intentions, and they are furious.
An executive who met with one of these manufacturers and tells us that every single conversation during this meeting ended back at the same point: anger and dismay with Google.
There is a chance that the companies that make Android phones will be able to band together and demand that Google sell Motorola's handset business.
There is a model for this kind of stand against Google.
Motorola Mobility's other big business is manufacturing set-top cable boxes.
After acquiring Motorola for its patents, Google's plan for this business evolved to the point where Google realized it wanted to stay in the cable box business after the merger. Google TV was a flop, and Google wants to win in the living room.
Executives from several of the top cable system operators – called MSO in industry lingo – caught wind of this plan. Then something strange happened. Facing a powerful external threat, these executives banded together, called Google and threatened war unless Google agreed to back down and sell the cable-top business as soon as possible. The threats worked, and Google's revised plan is to spin the cable top business off.
The smartphone manufacturers that make Android phones could follow this strategy. But so far, they aren't talking, and Google's merger is one regulator's approval (China's) away from closing. Insiders expect that third-party Android phone-makers – which are incredibly diverse in size, strategy, and geography – will not form any sort of alliance in time to force Google to sell the handset business. These people assume that Google won't see any fallout from its plans to copy the iPhone business model until it actually does.
What will that fallout look like? Obviously, no one knows. But some speculation seems compelling: Expect a lot of Asian smartphone makers to start developing phones for Windows 8.
Briefed on the details of this story, a Google spokesperson declined to comment because Google's merger with Motorola Mobility has not closed yet and that means Motorola and Google are still operating as separate companies.
In regards to Google's plans to sell Motorola's cable box business, this Google person declined to comment on "rumors and speculation."

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The whole idea is bullshit. Google would want to make a naked android phone, fine. Nobody else does other than the single nexus out there. Its not like there is some license telling HTC, LG, and Samsung they MUST customize and skin their phone. They can still customize and skin their phone, just make sure Google gives updates out fairly (which the regulators would probably require anyway).
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It’s good to be a CEO: Sanjay Jha’s pay package for 2011 was about $47 million




The title pretty much says it all. Few other points from the regulatory finding:
  • His 2011 compensation package is nearly four times of what he got in 2010.
  • The reasoning specified was the "successful partition of Motorola into two companies last year to form Motorola Mobilities and Motorola Solutions."
  • Jha’s package includes options awards, increased from the $13 million in 2010.
  • Motorola had a $80 million net loss in Q4 2011 alone. Motorola Mobility’s Q1 2012 results will be provided on May 1.
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China finally approves Google’s purchase of Motorola, but with one condition




Google’s acquisition of Motorola has seen a long process since it was first announced last August. The purchase has been given green light by the US and Europe, but China was taking its sweet time considering said acquisition. After a long wait, China has decided to approve said acquisition, but with one condition.China has asked Google to keep Android free to other manufacturers for at least five years. This is to ensure that Google is not trying to monopolize the Android OS by only allowing Motorola to use the software freely.
Google and Motorola have both stated that there will be no major changes after the acquisition. Both companies will continue to run as they have been, and the main reason for this acquisition is Motorola’s large patent portfolio. According to Google, these patents will aid the Search Giant in protecting Android and its manufacturers from the patent wars.
With this victory, Google is now able to finalize the deal and it is expected to be closed next week. Only time will tell what changes we might see, but let’s hope good conclusions come out of this acquisition.
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Google eyes layoffs in wake of Motorola Mobility buy, report says

A new report from TechCrunch claims Google could lay off Motorola Mobility employees after it closes the deal later this week.



As Google prepares to close its Motorola Mobility acquisition, the company could be considering laying off some of the mobile firm's employees, according to a new report.
TechCrunch is reporting today, citing sources, that Google will launch a "listening tour" around Motorola to see what its employees do at the company. Based on that information, Google could decide to lay off some Motorola employees. TechCrunch didn't say how many employees Google might layoff, but did say that the sources believe the decision could come "imminently."
Google announced plans to acquire Motorola Mobility in August for $12.5 billion, representing a 63 percent premium on the mobile firm's share price at the time. Although the U.S. Justice Department and European Union regulators approved the deal in February, Google didn't get the go-ahead to close the acquisition until this past weekend, when China's regulators gave it the green light.




In a filing today with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Motorola said that it expects to close the acquisition by Wednesday.
Google is by no means a stranger to layoffs. Back in 2008, for example, after acquiring online-advertising company DoubleClick, it announced that it had laid off 300 DoubleClick employees. That decision came just a few weeks after the deal closed.
"As with many mergers, this review has resulted in a reduction in headcount at the acquired company," Google said in a statement at the time. "Today, we are laying off some DoubleClick employees in the U.S. and placing others in transitional roles."
This time around, Google declined CNET's request for comment. We have also contacted Motorola Mobility for comment and will update this story when we have more information.
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