bonch writes: Pundits have been analyzing the Motorola acquisition since its announcement, and Dan Lyons, formerly known as Fake Steve Jobs, says Google never cared for the Nortel patents and that they drove the bidding price up intentionally while negotiating to buy Motorola, an idea questioned by MG Siegler who believes buying Motorola for $12.5 billion--almost two years' worth of Google's annual profits--is an act of desperation. John Gruber notes that Motorola was threatening to wage a patent war against other Android partners during the time they would have been negotiating with Google and that Motorola likely forced them into an expensive buyout rather than a patent license agreement. Google may have also been motivated by the fact that Microsoft was pursuing a Motorola buyout.
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