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DoJ approves Google acquisition of Motorola

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DoJ approves Google acquisition of Motorola
Earlier today we saw that the European Union Commission had approved the takeover of Motorola by Google, and now the US Department of Justice has also announced its approval of the acquisition. The DoJ had much the same to say in its announcement as the EU Commission as well. 

The DoJ said that in its investigations it has found that the acquisition of Motorola Mobility by Google is "unlikely" to lessen competition and that the transaction is "not likely to significantly change existing market dynamics." That said, the DoJ did warn that it would be on watch to make sure that patents acquired would not be used inappropriately. 

The announcement specifically sited the possibility that Google could benefit from "raising the costs of, or excluding, Apple devices" by exploiting the patents it will be acquiring as part of the Motorola deal (citing similar possibilities with Apple's newest acquisition), but essentially concluded that it would have to deal with that if it were to happen, because the purchase of Motorola itself doesn't prove that type of exploitation will occur. 

Of course, Google's recent approval of Motorola's lawsuit against Apple, which has led to injunctions in Germany, is certainly on the DoJ radar.

source: DoJ

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posted on 13 Feb 2012, 17:29 2

1. MobileCaseReview (Posts: 241; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


Kudos to Google. Great move.

posted on 13 Feb 2012, 17:35 1

2. squallz506 (banned) (Posts: 1075; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


xD i cant wait! moto holds a large portion of the original cellular telecommunications patents. some of which form the basis for cellular telephony.

lets see how apple likes a taste of their own medicine.

posted on 13 Feb 2012, 17:58 3

3. Pings (Posts: 301; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


I hope this means the death of Blur. Blur sucks I'm sorry the old Blur the new Blur and I bet Blur 4.0 will suck also. Motorola makes great hardware just crappy software.

posted on 13 Feb 2012, 21:58

7. snowgator (Posts: 3275; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


Stock Android on Droid 5? I am in.

posted on 13 Feb 2012, 18:17 1

4. remixfa (Posts: 14052; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


Moogle Googorola Gotorola motogle, is now almost real :)

posted on 13 Feb 2012, 18:19

5. LoneShaolin (Posts: 307; Member since: 14 Jan 2012)


MOOGLE!!!!!

posted on 13 Feb 2012, 21:11

6. bayusuputra (Posts: 941; Member since: 12 Feb 2012)


"The DoJ said that in its investigations it has found that the acquisition of Motorola Mobility by Google is "unlikely" to lessen competition"

i think the only one that "likely" to lessen competition here is Apple.. DoJ should look into that..

posted on 13 Feb 2012, 22:49

8. BioTek (Posts: 53; Member since: 23 Jan 2012)


I've always stated and will continue to state that this is a great move from Google. I can't wait to see what new high-end smartphones are created by the new merged company.

posted on 13 Feb 2012, 23:55

9. MorePhonesThanNeeded (Posts: 645; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


"the DoJ did warn that it would be on watch to make sure that patents acquired would not be used inappropriately. " Lines like these make my head spin as the BS crap that Apple has used in European courts and have prevailed border on absurd. Napkin drawing anyone? Similar looking rectangular computing devices, who needs patents when such crap is upheld by a court of supposed educated officials. Garbage!

Let's hope Google makes good on it's promise not to go favoring Motorola. No need to considering Moto is usually the quickest to market with updates to their devices the ones that matter anyway. I do believe that Google will use Moto's expertise in the set top boxes and internet area though. Now let's just hope Motorola keeps it's end of the bargain and releases less phones and stop short changing different regions some getting the same phone but with serious performance enhancing drugs...not cool.

posted on 14 Feb 2012, 13:19

10. tward291 (Posts: 559; Member since: 14 Feb 2012)


my hope is that google will use this to push a true android experience with software and hardware phones and tablets and tv's with that google name no more going through samsung or htc to push the hardware aspect.

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