Google CEO Larry Page Announces $12.5 Billion Acquisition Bid for Motorola

Since its launch in November 2007, Android has not only dramatically increased consumer choice but also improved the entire mobile experience for users. Today, more than 150 million Android devices have been activated worldwide—with over 550,000 devices now lit up every day—through a network of about 39 manufacturers and 231 carriers in 123 countries. Given Android’s phenomenal success, we are always looking for new ways to supercharge the Android ecosystem. That is why I am so excited today to announce that we have agreed to acquire Motorola.

Motorola has a history of over 80 years of innovation in communications technology and products, and in the development of intellectual property, which have helped drive the remarkable revolution in mobile computing we are all enjoying today. Its many industry milestones include the introduction of the world’s first portable cell phone nearly 30 years ago, and the StarTAC—the smallest and lightest phone on earth at time of launch. In 2007, Motorola was a founding member of the Open Handset Alliance that worked to make Android the first truly open and comprehensive platform for mobile devices. I have loved my Motorola phones from the StarTAC era up to the current DROIDs.

In 2008, Motorola bet big on Android as the sole operating system across all of its smartphone devices. It was a smart bet and we’re thrilled at the success they’ve achieved so far. We believe that their mobile business is on an upward trajectory and poised for explosive growth.

Motorola is also a market leader in the home devices and video solutions business. With the transition to Internet Protocol, we are excited to work together with Motorola and the industry to support our partners and cooperate with them to accelerate innovation in this space.

Motorola’s total commitment to Android in mobile devices is one of many reasons that there is a natural fit between our two companies. Together, we will create amazing user experiences that supercharge the entire Android ecosystem for the benefit of consumers, partners and developers everywhere.

This acquisition will not change our commitment to run Android as an open platform. Motorola will remain a licensee of Android and Android will remain open. We will run Motorola as a separate business. Many hardware partners have contributed to Android’s success and we look forward to continuing to work with all of them to deliver outstanding user experiences.

Larry Page, CEO, Google

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The Wall Street Journal Live Blog: Google on the Motorola Deal 


Indian Matinee Idol Shammi Kapoor Passes Away at 79

Plunging millions of his fans into grief, Indian matinee idol and “lover extraordinaire” of Hindi cinema, Shammi Kapoor passed away at 79 this morning in Mumbai. He was suffering renal failure. One among the legendary trio of Kapoor brothers (the other two are Raj Kapoor and Sashi Kapoor), Shammi Kapoor had set the silver screen afire, wooing almost all the top heroines of his day with his inimitable acting style and dance moves. Many of Hindi cinema’s classic numbers sung by Mohammed Rafi was immortalized onscreen by Shammi Kapoor.


Should you buy the new BlackBerry Bold 9900?

The new BlackBerry 9900 with touch-key features

Users can rant all they want, but nothing makes CEOs hear things as clearly as a dip in market share.

For years, there was no choice to Research in Motion’s (RIM’s) BlackBerry when it came to enterprise e-mail and smartphone capabilities, but as I write this, Gartner’s latest data shows that RIM’s market share in mobile phones has fallen from 3.2 percent in Q2 2010 to 3 percent in Q2 2011, while Apple’s has nearly doubled. Of course once mighty mobile phone leader Nokia has crashed in far more spectacular fashion, and that plus its own crashing stock price must be making once smartphone leader RIM wary indeed.

RIM’s answer is a whole new series of smartphones with mouth-watering specs that are being launched in the next few days and weeks. This is the biggest launch in RIM’s history — never before has the smartphone maker launched so many devices in so short a time, but tough times demand drastic, out-of-comfort-zone responses. And first out from RIM’s all new goody bag is the BlackBerry Bold 9900.


What’s the Future of Tabs After Apple Had Samsung Galaxy 10.1 Banned in Australia and Europe on Patent Infringement?

Apple's iPad2 (left and center) and Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1 (right)

Now that Apple has successfully forced Samsung to withdraw its Galaxy Tab 10.1 from both the Australian and European markets we have to ask, what next for the tablet market? In Australia, Apple used its arsenal of patents to get the tablet withdrawn from sale, whereas in Europe it used design rights to argue that the Galaxy Tab looked too similar to the iPad.
Samsung must now be wondering what to do with the Galaxy Tab 10.1. Patents experts question whether it’seven possible for the tablet to be reworked to avoid infringing Apple’’s overly broad patents and still be a desirable device. One of Apple’s key patents is on ‘list scrolling and document translation, scaling, and rotation on a touch-screen display’, without which it would be difficult to make a tablet that meets the expectations of its users.

Design experts too must now be wondering if it’s possible to create a tablet that doesn’t look so similar to an iPad that it will fall foul of the same design rights that Apple used against Samsung in the German courts.


Guardian Tech Weekly podcast: what’s next for BlackBerry?

RIM’s Patrick Spence defends BlackBerry’s current performance and explains why it is to upgrade operating systems twice

On this week’s podcast, Charles Arthur talks with Patrick Spence, MD Global Sales & Regional Marketing for RIM and finds out what’s in the pipeline for BlackBerry-maker RIM after the company’s smartphone was caught up in the London riots. He discovers the future of a company that recently announced plans to cut 2,000 jobs, and a huge loss in market share in one of its key territories – the US – but how its new operating systems and its handheld Playbook should change its fortunes.


The London Riots in Dramatic Pictures

Fire fighters and riot police survey the area as fire rages through a building in Tottenham, north London on Aug. 7, 2011. A demonstration against the death of a local man turned violent and cars and shops were set ablaze. (Lewis Whyld/PA/AP)

 

 

A policeman walks past the charred remains of the Reeves furniture store in Croydon on August 9, 2011, following a third night of violence on the streets of London. (Andrew Cowie/AFP/Getty Images) #

 


Apple Briefly Passes Exxon As Most Valuable U.S. Company

Apple Inc. CEO and co-founder Steve Jobs unveiled the then much anticipated iPad during an Apple event at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater in San Francisco, California, USA, 27 January 2010.

NEW YORK — Apple briefly surpassed Exxon Mobil on Tuesday as the nation’s most valuable company.

The iPhone and iPad maker had the lead for much of the afternoon before its stock closed just behind Exxon’s. The two companies are so close that Apple is likely to keep the top spot soon.

Apple Inc.’s stock gained 5.9 percent to $374.01 on Tuesday, bringing its market capitalization to about $347 billion.

Exxon Mobil Corp.’s stock, meanwhile, closed up 2.1 percent at $71.64. That gives the oil company a market cap of $348 billion. Its stock was down earlier in the day, allowing Apple to take the lead.

Other big-name corporations, such as Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and General Electric Co., don’t even come close. Apple overtook Microsoft Corp., the previous No. 2, just last year.

Does this mean people need iPads more than oil?

“Exxon obviously sells a product that people need. Apple sells a product that people want,” said Brian Marshall, an analyst with Gleacher & Co. who follows Apple.

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Why Apple might just be the first $1 trillion company