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DOJ sends second request for Google/Motorola info

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DOJ sends second request for Google/Motorola info
Yesterday on its Public Policy Blog, Google announced that the Department of Justice has sent a second request to review more of the details of the proposed acquisition of Motorola Mobility. Although this request is fairly routine, it does show that the deal isn't likely to be closed any time soon. 

It's really no surprise that the DOJ wants to check into the deal more. The government has an obligation to act when a deal this big is proposed, and especially when the company pulling the trigger is Google. Google has come under a lot of government scrutiny recently with the extended DOJ investigation into the ITA deal, as well as the recent hearings on possible anti-trust grounds over Google's handling of search. However, Google is still very confident that the deal for Motorola will go through, stating that it "is a pro-competitive transaction that is good for Motorola Mobility, good for consumers, and good for [Google's] partners."

This renewed interest by the DOJ will likely stir up more conspiracy theories in the tech blogosphere about how Google is planning to destroy the Android ecosystem with Motorola, but really it's just standard procedure when Google plans to pay $12.5 billion for an acquisition. 

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posted on 29 Sep 2011, 13:12 1

1. corporateJP (Posts: 2458; Member since: 28 Nov 2009)

Here we go...

posted on 29 Sep 2011, 13:37

2. StupidAmericanGov (unregistered)

So they will look more into this and waste time, they will slow down the AT&T/T-mo deal because of its effects on the competition, but yet they will also actually LISTEN to Apple trying to STOP and BLOCK Samsung products? That is the biggest hit to "competition" of them all. They should obviously go after Apple for trying to ruin competition via lawsuits.

posted on 29 Sep 2011, 13:43

3. remixfa (Posts: 14605; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

as long as its legal, they cant touch apple, they can only deny request after request. If apple wants to spend its money making its lawyers rich, it can do so, but until they have a valid claim about detailed patent infringements and not whiney "his icons look like my icons" crap, the DoJ should ignore their requests.

posted on 29 Sep 2011, 13:46

4. darth8ball (Posts: 520; Member since: 02 Aug 2011)

Oh my goodness Google would have to be braindead to want to limit it's Android ecosystem to the Motorola brand. To have an OS thrive the more OEM's that carry it the better for the ecosystem. This is a purchase of patents by buying an entire division of a corporation for a huge sum of money and that is why the DOJ wants to take a close look the deal

posted on 29 Sep 2011, 15:01

5. jogutier (Posts: 324; Member since: 12 Feb 2010)

Just because Crapple is only available thru it's on brand, doesn't mean that Android will only be available thru Moto. Samsung and HTC are big players with Android and will continue to be for a long time. It might be possible that in the far future will probably want to be its own company and brand, but that's going to be a VERY long time.

posted on 29 Sep 2011, 19:53

6. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)

Google wants Android on as many manufacturer's phones as possible. It is based on Linux, OPEN-SOURCE.....

posted on 30 Sep 2011, 00:30

7. lubba (Posts: 1313; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)

YES!!!! I hope the acquisition happens and Google makes Motorola their premier Android provider. Because they will be a giant that will fall HARD. Motorola is a losing company for how many years now. Their products are not spectacular compared to other oems like Samsung or HTC. Samsung appears to already weaning little by little off Android and looking for independency.

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