EU to Decide Motorola-Google Fate Feb 13
The European Union will make a decision regarding Google's acquisition of Motorola on February 13. It was scheduled to make a decision earlier this month, but postponed while it waited for additional materials from Google. Google has since supplied the requested items. Google announced plans last August to purchase the handset maker for $12.5 billion. The deal has been awaiting regulatory approval.
Google and Microsoft Make Nice, Drop Regulatory Complaints
Microsoft and Alphabet, parent company of Google, have agreed to cease all ongoing regulatory fights between them. Microsoft has complained to US and European Union antitrust regulators often and loudly with respect to Google's search practices and other behaviors.
Google+ Photos to Go Dark August 1
Google has announced plans to shutter the Google+ Photos app and online service on August 1. Google+ Photos was a part of Google+, the search company's social network.
EU Approves Facebook's Acquisition of WhatsApp
The European Union has blessed Facebook's proposed acquisition of WhatsApp. The deal, announced in February, is worth about $19 billion and is Facebook's largest.
Google Gives App Buyers Two Hours to Return Apps
Google has extended the time during which Android device owners can seek a refund for app purchases. Google used to allow app buyers a mere 15 minutes to decide whether or not they liked an application enough to keep it.