U.S. Greenlights Google's Nortel Bid
The U.S. Department of Justice has concluded that Google may proceed with its $900 million bid for a large collection of patents held by Nortel. Citing people familiar with the matter, the Wall Street Journal reports that the Justice Department has decided that there are no antitrust concerns were Google to come into ownership of the patents. Nortel has been auctioning off pieces of its business for years to settle bankruptcy debt. An auction for some 6,000 of its patents its scheduled to take place later this month. Other potential bidders include Apple and RIM
FCC and Justice Dept. Likely to Approve AT&T-DirecTV Deal
The FCC and Department of Justice are wrapping up their review of AT&T's proposed $49 billion acquisition of DirecTV and don't have any real concerns, according to people familiar with the matter. The agencies may still impose conditions on the deal, but aren't likely to block it, says the Wall Street Journal.
Google Makes LTE Patents Available Through Via Licensing
Via Licensing today said that Google has added its LTE patents to its broader pool of LTE patents. Via Licensing collects wireless patents from a broad range of companies with the intent of licensing them at fair and reasonable rates.
FTC Pondering Antitrust Query Into Google's Android
Google may be facing an investigation into its business practices concerning the Android operating system, reports Bloomberg. The U.S.
Justice Department to Reveal More About Dirtboxes
Government officials at the U.S. Department of Justice have agreed provide more information about how law enforcement uses dirtboxes to collect location data on cell phones.
Justice Dept. Suggests FCC Limit AT&T, Verizon Auction Participation
Officials at the Justice Department are concerned AT&T and Verizon will dominate the upcoming 600MHz auction if more protections aren't put in place by the FCC. The agency filed a letter with the FCC this week suggesting the FCC give more weight to the concerns of companies such as Sprint and T-Mobile, which seek to limit AT&T and Verizon's participation.