Justice Department Approves Google-Motorola Deal

The Justice Department approved Google's $12.5 billion purchase of Motorola Mobility, clearing the way for the biggest acquisition in Google's history, and its transition to a company that builds both hardware and software, like its fierce rivals Apple and Microsoft. With a host of tech giants battling each other in court over the intellectual property that underlies smartphones and the software that runs them, the department's Antitrust Division also approved patent purchases by Apple, Microsoft and Research In Motion.