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EU and US Approve Google-Motorola Deal 187

angry tapir writes "European regulators have given Google the green light to take over Motorola Mobility. The U.S. $12.5 billion deal faced strong opposition from open source and consumer rights advocates, including Consumer Watchdog, but the European Commission announced on Monday that the acquisition could go ahead, without conditions." Later in the day the DOJ announced an end to its investigation, greenlighting the acquisition in the U.S. as well.
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EU and US Approve Google-Motorola Deal

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  • by kelemvor4 (1980226) on Monday February 13, 2012 @09:20PM (#39028047)

    Apple isn't "an electronics maker". They design electronics, buy a lot of Samsung components and have poor Chinese people work 18 hours a day to assemble them.

    Importers and purveyors of Chinese electronics seems like a good description to me.

  • by NemoinSpace (1118137) on Monday February 13, 2012 @09:39PM (#39028179) Journal

    17,000 patents should even things out enough to force the big players to negotiate and co-operate

    The advent of IPv6 allows the requisite number of phone home patent chips to allow auto-negotiation of any lawsuits that may come about from now on.
    But to limit the number of complaints about patents on Slashdot, I suggest we set an arbitrary limit on the number of patents allowed to exist at any one time.
    I think 640K ought to be enough for everybody.

  • by Daniel Phillips (238627) on Tuesday February 14, 2012 @02:06AM (#39029775)

    With Google standing behind Motorola and Microsoft standing behind Nokia...

    Interesting analogy. Please allow me to extend it a little, if you will. "Google standing behind Motorola, owning it, and Microsoft standing behind Nokia with a garrot around its skinny corporate neck..."