U.S. Greenlights Google's Nortel Bid
Jun 15, 2011, 7:22 AM by Eric M. Zeman
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
Dec 15, 2022
Google has updated its Google Home app and Google Home / Nest devices to fully support Matter, the new industry standard for smart home control. Existing Google home hardware can serve as a Matter hub, including the original Google Home speaker, Google Home Mini, Nest Mini, Nest Audio, Nest Hub (1st and 2nd gen), Nest Hub Max, and Nest Wifi Pro.
Sep 21, 2020
Popular Chinese-owned apps WeChat and TikTok narrowly avoided a US government ban on new downloads Sunday night. On Friday, President Trump directed the US Department of Commerce to issue a ban on US companies (including Apple and Google) facilitating downloads of — or updates to — the WeChat and TikTok apps specifically, citing national security concerns.
Mar 30, 2021
The US Federal Trade Commission has decided not to appeal its antitrust case against Qualcomm to the US Supreme Court, effectively ending the matter in Qualcomm's favor. The FTC sued in 2017, claiming that the way Qualcomm links the sales of baseband processors with patent licensing amounts to anticompetitive behavior and unfair business practices.
Nov 12, 2020
TikTok will remain available and in business in the US for now, as the Commerce Department finally announced today that it will not enforce the order — that was set to go into effect today — which would have effectively shut down the app in the US. The new deadline from the Commerce Department is November 27th.
Apr 2, 2020
The California Public Utilities Commission yesterday issued an order clarifying that it has not yet granted approval for Sprint and T-Mobile to merge in California, and the merger cannot proceed in that state until it does so. The Commission is scheduled to vote on the merger on April 16th.