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Google Buys Motorola

August 17, 2011

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Google has been on a tear lately. On Monday they announced the $12.5 billion acquisition of Motorola Mobility, Motorola’s mobile device arm, a move that represents Google’s first foray into hardware. With a foothold in the handset and tablet market, Google has access to all facets of the Android user experience and can finally take full advantage of all the tools in its arsenal, setting up the mother of all battle royals with Apple over content management. If the FTC thought it had its hands full before, it’s about to get a whole lot more complicated. At this point, Google has its hands in so many pies that any move it makes is big. Will it ever become too big, and if it does, will the increasingly anti-consumer Feds even understand how to unravel it…?

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