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The Bedford Report

August 16, 2011 08:16 ET

Google - Motorola Mobility Deal Likely to Face Some Scrutiny

The Bedford Report Provides Equity Research on Google & Motorola Mobility

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - Aug 16, 2011) - Tech stocks made a significant jump to kick of the week as the Google's acquisition of Motorola Mobility led to a surge in takeover speculation. As companies get larger and experience diminishing returns in their core business, they are showing willingness to utilize their large resource pools to acquire smaller firms in a race to diversify and to build their reach. The Bedford Report examines the outlook for the Technology Sector and provides equity research on Google, Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG) and Motorola Mobility Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: MMI). Access to the full company reports can be found at:

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Yesterday Google announced it will pay $40 a share in cash for Motorola Mobility Holdings -- a 63 percent premium to the closing share price last Friday -- in what analysts described as a typically "aggressive" move by the web search giant. The deal also includes a patent portfolio, something some analysts see as a big prize in the deal as Google tries to bolster its patent holdings.

Google will gain ownership of Motorola's 17,000 patents and 7,500 pending patents.

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Google co-founder Larry Page, who took over as chief executive officer in April, is pushing the Web company into smartphones to take on Apple Inc.'s iPhone and gain more clout for its Android software in the wireless business.

The acquisition, which is still subject to competition approval, will put Google in direct competition with customers who use its operating system. Subject to approval the acquisition is expected to complete in late 2011 or early 2012. A report from Reuters yesterday reports that legal experts said government agencies will want to review how Google's largest takeover ever will affect competition in the mobile phone market. Google is already under investigation by the Federal Trade Commission over whether it uses its strength in online searches to thwart competitors.

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