Google, Motorola merger review suspended by European regulators

Google, Motorola merger review suspended by European regulators

Summary: European antitrust regulators have suspended an investigation into Google's proposed acquisition of Motorola Mobility to ask for more details.

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European regulators have temporarily suspended its antitrust review of Google's plans to buy Motorola Mobility.

Android-maker Google sought reassurances from Europe anti-competition and antitrust authorities late last month as it moved to acquire the hardware maker for $12.5 billion.

But the antitrust authority is seeking further information about the deal before it can proceed.

Once the regulators receives "certain documents that are essential to its evaluation of the transaction", a spokesperson for Europe's executive body the European Commission said today, the investigation will continue.

A filing on the Commission's website today showed that the investigation was halted on December 6th, nearly a week ago.

Update: In a statement, Google said seemingly cautiously: "We’re confident the Commission will conclude that this acquisition is good for competition and we’ll be working closely and cooperatively with them as they continue their review."

According to Bloomberg, Google plans to acquire Motorola Mobility for its 17,000 patents to protect its Android mobile operating system, and to bolster the company against legal disputes against its rival Apple.

A notification published in the European Law Journal says that the Commission "invites interested third parties" to submit their comments and observations on what Europe's executive body should do next.

The U.S. Department for Justice continues to assess the merger, but has not yet publicly stated its position on the proposed merger.

The Justice Dept. still has the opportunity to block a merger from going ahead.

Should the government department believe that the merger could harm other Android partners such as HTC or Samsung, or even the direct competition such as Apple, it could sue Google to prevent the case from going forward.

Google recently said that it would treat Motorola Mobility as a third-party smartphone maker rather than a subsidiary of its parent company, in a bid to appease regulators that may see unfair advantage on the horizon.

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  • The EU should shut up

    and approve it immediately because it's about FOSS.
    The Linux Geek
    • RE: Google, Motorola merger review suspended by European regulators

      @The Linux Geek
      Don't be stupid. It's only FOSS when Google feels like it.
      illegaloperation
    • RE: Google, Motorola merger review suspended by European regulators

      @The Linux Geek
      Google and FOSS???... Hypocrisy has no better name than google. Android is full of stolen goods... goverments shouldn't approve this deal.
      owlnet
      • what stolen goods???

        @owlnet
        Why are you carrying water for the Axis of Evil software companies: Apple, M$ & Oracle?
        The Linux Geek
    • RE: Google, Motorola merger review suspended by European regulators

      @The Linux Geek YOU should shut up, let the adults talk, and for Christ's sake will you get me that freaking order of fries I asked for!

      It's funny how you praise the EU when it's something against Apple or Microsoft but tell them to shut up when it involves Google. Whatever dude.
      athynz
  • Hmmm.

    I guess I won't be getting my money that fast if my MMI stock gets cashed out.
    Gisabun