The Student Becomes the Master???

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Google has announced the closing of its acquisition of Motorola Mobility, after a number of global regulators and authorities approved the transaction. As a leading global technology and engineering firm, Motorola built a reputation for quality and innovation, but pressures in its core markets and businesses had long threatened to make this global leader and manufacture into an also-ran in the modern digital economy. Google has earned a strategic coup in tapping the vast and underutilized technological and human resources of [part of] the Motorola family, and is now positioned to make the leap beyond the intangible space it has led into the tangible space Motorola once dominated. We’ll see how well they pull that pivot off. Our Chicago-based tech geeks and business types all hope that this is a promising development for the remains of the old Motorola we knew and loved, and hope that the student-teacher dynamic of this new combination can lead to even more “dynamics” in the marketplace.

Despite the promising nature of this transaction, a number of us find it ironic that the final hurdles and conditions came from China regulators who extracted some concessions from Google on keeping Android open, ostensibly to maintain competition.

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As we reported would happen yesterday, Google has today announced that it has closed its acquisition of Motorola Mobility, buying the Illinois-based device maker for $40 per share in cash for a total of $12.5 billion.

As widely expected, Sanjay Jha is stepping down as CEO and Dennis Woodside, Google’s former Americas head, will take the helm at Motorola Mobility, which will be operated as a standalone company. The company says the acquisition will help Google “supercharge” the Android ecosystem: while Motorola will be making devices using the platform, it will also remain open.

Page, interestingly, uses his blog post announcing the deal to focus mainly on the mobile aspects of the acquisition — Motorola also has a substantial business as a media hardware vendor, making things like set-top boxes and other equipment and technology to deliver digital video services.

“The phones in our pockets have become supercomputers that…

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