Google builds up Motorola patents, while HP breaks things up. Also: Anonymous protest.
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While beefing up protection for its Android mobile operating system, Google this week made a deal that puts it into the handset business.
Google has agreed to buy Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion, giving the search giant valuable wireless intellectual property and simultaneously lending stability to and shaking up the Android world.
With Motorola, Google gets a treasure trove of patents to defend itself and its partners against a rising tide of legal opposition. Over the past few months, major technology players such as Apple and Oracle have sued either Google or its partners in an attempt to slow down their competitors and extract licensing fees.
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