“Completing a nine-month journey through regulatory approvals on multiple continents, Google has closed its acquisition of Motorola Mobility today,” Chris Ziegler reports for The Verge. “The move comes just days after Google cleared the last major hurdle — approval in China, where Motorola has had a particularly strong presence for many years — and means that the Chicago-area phone maker will stop trading on the New York Stock Exchange effective immediately.”

Ziegler reports, “Motorola’s ultimate fate remains unclear. Amidst rumors of major layoffs, we still don’t know whether Google really intends to get into the notoriously brutal handset hardware business — and if it does, whether it’ll run Moto “at arm’s length” as it has suggested in the past. Stories as recently as last month had pegged Google talking to Chinese giant Huawei about selling off the handset division, evidence that the acquisition was purely a play to beef up Android’s patent portfolio.”

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MacDailyNews Take: “How do you deal with that?” Former Motorola Chairman and CEO Ed Zander was asked regarding Apple’s forthcoming iPhone on May 10, 2007. Zander retorted, “How do they deal with us?”

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