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OT: Google Buys Motorola.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/business/stor...-wireless.html

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Google is buying cellphone maker Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion US in cash in what is by far the company's biggest acquisition to date.
Google Inc. said Monday it will pay $40 per share, a 63 per cent premium to Motorola's closing price on Friday.
The California-based search engine giant and Chicago-area based smartphone maker said the deal has been approved by the boards of both companies.
What does this mean for RIM?

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Bigger question is why Google is kicking their Android licensees in the nuts by directly competing with them. Look for both HTC and Samsung to jump from the Android ship, unless Goog starts paying them to stay.

 
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Bigger question is why Google is kicking their Android licensees in the nuts by directly competing with them. Look for both HTC and Samsung to jump from the Android ship, unless Goog starts paying them to stay.
Wasn't Motorola planning to go with Windows Phone?

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Bigger question is why Google is kicking their Android licensees in the nuts by directly competing with them. Look for both HTC and Samsung to jump from the Android ship, unless Goog starts paying them to stay.
Actually its the other way around, by locking up Motorola and securing all of their patents, Google is actually helping HTC, Samsung and the rest in the current patent war going on with Apple. Google made sure to state upfront that this is all about the patents, all other business will go on as usual (Google will work with other manufacturers and vice versa). The other company's are on board with this.

As for what this means for RIM, for right now it means they have time to get their house in order and rebound if they can. A big rumor had been that Google was going to buy them out in order to secure their patents.


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Now does MS buy Nokia or RIM? I'm guessing Nokia.

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Actually its the other way around, by locking up Motorola and securing all of their patents, Google is actually helping HTC, Samsung and the rest in the current patent war going on with Apple. Google made sure to state upfront that this is all about the patents, all other business will go on as usual (Google will work with other manufacturers and vice versa). The other company's are on board with this.

As for what this means for RIM, for right now it means they have time to get their house in order and rebound if they can. A big rumor had been that Google was going to buy them out in order to secure their patents.
Doubt it and even if they tried I don't think it would have got passed the regulators here in Canada.

Anyways what is this doing in the business of hockey forum?

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Bigger question is why Google is kicking their Android licensees in the nuts by directly competing with them. Look for both HTC and Samsung to jump from the Android ship, unless Goog starts paying them to stay.
Bigger question is why do you think you understand major telecom business better than Google?

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Anyways what is this doing in the business of hockey forum?
Jim Balsillie, Co-CEO of RIM, has been trying to acquire a NHL franchise for some time.

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Bigger question is why do you think you understand major telecom business better than Google?
Google is an internet company.

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In addition, Verizon, a NHL sponsor has been big time on the Android bandwagon.


I don't think Google has been a Sharks sponsor in the past, but you never know. Might be able to get them to sign on and/or do something special with the NHL. Google+ skins, perhaps?

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Google is also Android, which pretty much every phone that isn't iOS or BB run (don't forget about W7, but it doesn't seem massively popular).

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Not sure what you're getting at. Are you saying that's all they know? That would be... quite the thing to say.

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Android is open source and available on multiple handset makers. Unless google plans to change that this purchase has very little effect on RIM and has virtually nothing to do with the business of hockey

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In addition, Verizon, a NHL sponsor has been big time on the Android bandwagon.


I don't think Google has been a Sharks sponsor in the past, but you never know. Might be able to get them to sign on and/or do something special with the NHL. Google+ skins, perhaps?
Years ago, and I do mean years ago, Apple was a Sharks sponsor. I still remember their ads in the arena and on the scoreboard.

This seems like a good move for Google. I don't see why HTC or anyone else should be upset about it. This is all about strengthening Android. There is a patent war going on right now and Google is being proactive against Apple and Microsoft.

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Actually its the other way around, by locking up Motorola and securing all of their patents, Google is actually helping HTC, Samsung and the rest in the current patent war going on with Apple.
It would take far too long to explain why I don't believe that to be the case. Personally I'm surprised Google let things get so bad on this front - they are being extremely reactive instead of forcing other companies to be so.

In the end, the markets will, as always, decide for themselves.

It's going to be quite humorous watching Google try to assimilate a manufacturing company, given it has no manufacturing experience of its own. Cultural warfare, writ large.

 
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Not sure what you're getting at. Are you saying that's all they know? That would be... quite the thing to say.
No. I am saying that it's their primary business and that maybe this Motorola buyout is not a good idea.

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interesting, but not really relevant.

and JB hasnt been in the nhl picture for 2 years now.

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