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Google Closes $12.5B Motorola Deal

Jeff Baumgartner
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Jeff Baumgartner

Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) completed its US$12.5 billion acquisition of Motorola Mobility LLC on Tuesday, and among the first big changes is that Motorola Mobility CEO Sanjay Jha has stepped down from his position.

Dennis Woodside, who has overseen the integration planning for the acquisition and has served as Google's president of the Americas region, has been named CEO of the Motorola unit. Jha will be staying on for a bit to help with the transition.

Woodside has also hired several execs to join the Motorola leadership, including Dan Moloney, who will continue to lead Motorola's Home business, which includes its set-tops, cable modems and cable access gear.

Why this matters
Google, which bought Motorola to shore up its mobile patent holdings, said the acquisition will help it "supercharge the Android ecosystem and will enhance competition in mobile computing."

The big question going forward is what Google will end up doing with Motorola's cable business, which isn't viewed as a perfect fit, sparking speculation that Google may try to sell it.

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— Jeff Baumgartner, Site Editor, Light Reading Cable

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User Rank: Light Beer
12/5/2012 | 5:32:30 PM
re: Google Closes $12.5B Motorola Deal

But the adults will eventually clash with the kids take over.   Unfortunatley that is not a good thing.

User Rank: Light Beer
12/5/2012 | 5:32:26 PM
re: Google Closes $12.5B Motorola Deal

Could Google parlay some of the cable tech into Google TV? Its about the last place they don't have a marketing reach into.

User Rank: Light Beer
12/5/2012 | 5:32:24 PM
re: Google Closes $12.5B Motorola Deal

That is the big question, Jeff. I heard some Moto-heads are looking, of all places, to message boards on tech web sites for clues as to what's coming next (if you can believe that). There will surely be a culture clash (e.g. young/old) of some sort, as chuckJ notes. And whether it's cable tech into Google TV or vice versa (as per Dan's post) if GOOG holds onto these assets, some sort of cross-pollination is likely.

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