The Switchboard: Google sells Motorola to Lenovo for $2.9 billion

January 30

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Lenovo to buy Google's Motorola in China's largest tech deal. "The deal ends Google's short-lived foray into making consumer mobile devices and marks a pullback from its largest-ever acquisition," Reuters reports. "Google paid $12.5 billion for Motorola in 2012. Under this deal the search giant will keep the majority of Motorola's mobile patents, considered its prize assets."

Samsung not sanctioned over leakage of Apple documents. "A court in California has decided not to sanction Samsung Electronics for the leak of confidential Apple licensing information, stating that the information had not been misused in patent negotiations," according to Computerworld. "The court has, however, asked the external counsel to reimburse costs and fees incurred by Apple and Nokia on litigating the motion and related discovery."

New clues in the Target breach. "An examination of the malware used in the Target breach suggests that the attackers may have had help from a poorly secured feature built into a widely-used IT management software product that was running on the retailer’s internal network," security researcher Brian Krebs reports."

Prince drops $22 million copyright suit against Facebook fans. "The pop artist Prince is known for getting sue-crazy when it comes to copyright infringement of his work, but when he filed a $22 million lawsuit against some of his die-hard fans, it seemed he might have gone too far," CNET reports. "Apparently, the artist has now dropped the suit, according to TMZ."

Google close to settling EU antitrust probe — sources. "A settlement with the European Union's regulator would mean that Google, the world's biggest internet search engine, would escape a possible fine of as much as $5 billion or 10 percent of its 2012 revenue," Reuters reports."

Brian Fung covers technology for The Washington Post.
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