Justice Dept. Prepared to Approve Google's Moto Acquisition
The Justice Department is set to approve Google's proposed acquisition of Motorola as early as next week, reports the Wall Street Journal. Citing people familiar with the Justice Department's plans, the Journal reports that the government greenlight the deal, but will keep close watch on how Google uses the 17,000 patents it wins with the acquisition of the U.S. smartphone maker. The European Commission has already cleared the deal, as have the shareholders of Motorola and Google. Google announced plans to purchase Motorola for $12.5 billion in August 2011. Separately, the Justice Department is also prepared to approve Nortel's sale of patents to a collection of companies, including Apple, Microsoft, and Research In Motion. The Justice Department originally feared the consortium of Nortel patent winners would use their power to strangle Google's Android platform.
Microsoft Brings Cortana Assistant to Skype for Android and iOS
Microsoft today ported its Cortana personal assistant to its Skype chatting application, providing people with access to information without forcing them to leave Skype. Microsoft says Cortana in Skype can suggest useful information based on chat contents, suggest smart replies, manage schedules and/or reminders, and more.
Microsoft Releases Edge Browser for Android and iOS, Launcher for Android
Microsoft today made a beta version of its Edge browser available to Android and iOS devices. The beta, available to registered Windows Insiders, requires users to initiate the signup process through a Windows 10 PC.
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.
Apple's Patent Consortium to Sell 4,000 Patents for $900M
Rockstar Consortium, a patent-holding company headed by Apple, has agreed to sell more than 4,000 mobile patents for about $900 million. Apple and partners Microsoft, BlackBerry, Ericsson, and Sony paid $4.5 billion for more than 6,000 patents from Nortel four years ago in order to help protect against litigation.
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