Google Will Make Acquisition of Motorola Mobility

Monday, August 15, 2011

In the largest wireless equipment deal in at least a decade Google Inc. will acquire Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion in cash. The deal exponentially increases Google's patent portfolio and makes the company far more competitive in the mobile phone market. Google currently owns and operates Android, today's deal is expected to give the smart phone the patents it needs to compete against Apple iPhone. Joining us is John Abell, New York bureau chief for Wired.com.

Guests:

John Abell

Produced by:

Arwa Gunja

Comments [3]

Rafael T

I stand corrected.

However, my takeaway was that yes, the patents were important, but that the marriage was one of convenience-- Motorola has the know-how on building/marketing handsets, Google has the software, and needs to diversify.

cheers,

Aug. 15 2011 12:02 PM
John C Abell from New York

@Rafael T: FWIW, I do not feel mis-quoted. The patents issue was referred to by the hosts, and is a valid one. We just didn't get into that aspect of the deal. I do accept the argument that acquisition of patents is a driver for this deal, if not _the_ driver — and I am not sure who would argue that it is _the_driver anyway.

Having said all that, I really appreciate your holding all we journalists' feet to the fire!

Aug. 15 2011 10:35 AM
Rafael T from Florida

In no way, shape, nor form did John Abell insinuate nor state that the purchase of Motorola by Google had to do with patents, yet you quoted him as saying as much.

One thing is to stick to your editorial slant, another is to mis-quote your interviewees to support said slant.

You are better than that.

Aug. 15 2011 10:07 AM

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