Google-Motorola's Antitrust Problems

    FILE - In this May 11, 2011 file photo, attendees chat at the Google IO Developers Conference in San Francisco. Google is buying cell phone maker Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion in cash Monday, Aug. 15, 2011, in what is by far the company's biggest acquisition to date.  (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

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    Monday's announced Google-Motorola merger could open the search-engine giant to more antitrust scrutiny. Google is set to purchase smartphone manufacturer Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion cash—the search giant’s biggest acquisition yetin order to obtain patents it needs to continue its fights with Apple and Microsoft in the wireless market. Google paid a premium price for the company, which produces phones that run on its Android software; it will continue to run Android separately from Motorola Mobility. Many suspect Google will now be using a "vertical integration" strategy—which will have Google following Apple's model of combing software and hardware.

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