Google just bought a huge chunk of HTC for $1.1 billion. They’re bringing in around 2,000 employees, mostly from the hardware division, and these folks will presumably work under hardware chief Rick Osterloh. There’s a massive patent portfolio involved, too, so stop me if you’ve heard this before — Motorola, anyone?

Back in 2012, Google purchased Motorola for $12.5 billion, their largest acquisition ever at that time. That move gave them a formidable stash of smartphone-related patents, and it also came with a huge hardware division led by none other than Rick Osterloh. But the similarities… more

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