Bloomberg reports that the company has bought the San Francisco design studio that helped to create the original Android device, the Google (HTC) G1. Mike and Maaike is a two-person industrial design team whose projects have included everything from the Microsoft Xbox 360 to wallpaper patterns, including the Blackberry-style developer device that Google created some of the pre-release versions of Android on.
Google's 12.5 billion dollar acquisition of US-based Motorola Mobility is complete. Google announced the news on its official blog, taking special care to note the replacement of former Moto CEO Sanjay Jha. Unfortunately, the post was noticeably lacking in concrete details on how Google plans to leverage its new (if not overly shiny) multi-billion dollar toy.
Facebook has been getting some good Karma as of late because they've been rocking out. first with the purchase of Instagram, then they snatched up rival service Lightbox to get into the photography aspects even more. Now they've also acquired the social gifting service Karma -- and you can't forget about the Facebook IPO and stocks going crazy.
Google's acquisition of hardware giant Motorola Mobility has been passed: the People's Republic of China has reportedly approved the business deal, several months after US and European regulators. The $12.5 billion deal is now seemingly a given, though the integration of these companies (to such a degree that is wanted or needed) will certainly take quite a while.
Facebook is back in the news today for throwing around large sums of money. After buying Instagram for a whopping 1 billion dollars today we've learned they also snatched up a mobile app company called TagTile. In case you aren't huge into Facebook, today they launched Facebook Offers -- basically coupons and deals they'll send to your email for free coffee, or other discounts. TagTile will most likely be joining that system.
Motorola Mobility is still not a done deal, even though it's approaching the 1 year mark since we first learned of the acquisition. Already we've started seeing tons of rumors regarding Google's plans, and recently reported Google could sell Moto's hardware division to Huawei. According to new details from DigiTimes that isn't the case and Google won't be selling any part of Motorola.
Instagram has only been available for a week on Android, and it looks like it's already going to get a major upheaval. Facebook reported that they bought the company this morning. For a billion dollars. That's Billion with a "B". The mobile-only photo sharing service has tens of millions of users on iOS and Android, and its Android population is growing by leaps and bounds.
buying a majority share in Beats Audio and purchasing several smaller companies outright. According to reports from Reuters and other sources, the Taiwanese manufacturer has completed the purchase of the MOG Music service, either absorbing it into Beats Audio, using them as a proxy or simply buying it in partnership. In any case the deal isn't formalized yet, but reportedly all of the pieces are in place to make it so. IF true (and we see no reason to doubt its veracity) this would give HTC a two-pronged advantage over just about everybody Android manufacturer in the mobile music space.
Kevin Rose himself has confirmed the rumors and is excited about what the future holds.