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Google to buy Motorola in quest to defend Android from patent battles

This might not be a direct music industry story, but it’s very relevant. Google announced yesterday that it is planning to buy mobile handset maker Motorola for $12.5 billion. Why? Patents. Specifically the more than 17,000 mobile patents held by Motorola, which will help Google defend Android (including other handset manufacturers) from lawsuits from Apple and Microsoft.