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The Circuit: Google to acquire Motorola Mobility, Anonymous hits BART site, Time Warner Cable nearing Insight deal

LEADING THE DAY: Google announced that it intends to acquire Motorola Mobility on Monday in the company’s largest acquisition to date. Both boards unanimously approved the deal, in which Google will acquire the former Motorola division for a total of about $12.5 billion, the companies said in a press release.

Motorola Mobility, already an important partner for Google and its Android smartphone platform, will also help the company by bolstering its patent portfolio.

Anonymous attacks San Francisco transit site, plans protest: Anonymous has claimed an attack on the Web site of San Francisco area rapid transit system, BART, and is calling for a Monday protest. The action was in response to reports that BART had cut power to its underground cellphone antennas last Thursday in reponse to a planned protest.

The transportation system posted a notice on its site Sunday saying that personal information from its systems was compromised and the breach affected at least 2,400 of its users. BART has also issued a statement warning commuters to be aware that protestors might disrupt the service Monday.

Time Warner Cable to buy Insight?: Time Warner Cable is reportedly nearing a deal to buy Insight Communications, Bloomberg reported Monday. Citing “people with knowledge of matter,” the report said that talks for a $3 billion deal are in early stages, and may still fail to reach a deal.

Verizon strike: A strike of 45,000 Verizon employees continues Monday as both sides say that the other is refusing to bargain in good faith. On Friday, the Communications Workers of America filed a complaint against the company with the National Labor Relations Board.

Speaking to the Boston Herald in a Monday report, the president of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Ed Fitzpatrick, said this strike is not about preserving benefits, but preserving jobs. “This one is about our survival,” Fitzpatrick said.

Gmail still being targeted: Gmail may still be targeted by phishing scams, Computerworld reported, According to a security researcher, scammers based in China continue to target U.S. government organizations with e-mails designed to trick them into divulging personal information.

Hayley Tsukayama covers consumer technology for The Washington Post.



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