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A Favorite Flip Phone Is Back in January
Razr Returns,
Only Different

Razr Returns, Only Different

Motorola includes a functioning retro mode for reliving the original

(Newser) - Motorola is bracing for the future by returning to the past . The company is adapting its historical flip-phone design for a smartphone with a foldable screen. Samsung, Huawei, and others have phones that fold like a book and offer a double-size display when unfolded. Motorola’s new Razr phone, on...

Report: Favorite Flip Phone Making a Comeback

New Motorola Razr will sell for $1.5K, reports 'WSJ'

(Newser) - Still longing for your Motorola Razr flip phone? Good news. A new version of the ultrathin phone, hugely popular upon its 2004 release, is expected to hit the market as soon as next month. Lenovo-owned Motorola is currently performing tests on the $1,500 model to be released in an...

Google Ditches Motorola
 Google Ditches Motorola 

Google Ditches Motorola

Smartphone unit sold to Lenovo for $2.91B

(Newser) - Google is selling Motorola Mobility to Lenovo for $2.91 billion, the companies announced yesterday, ending what Bloomberg/Businessweek is calling "a rare misadventure" for the big G. Google will retain the "vast majority" of Motorola's patents—which were cited as a major reason for the acquisition in...

Google Shares Break $1K
 Google Shares Break $1K 

Google Shares Break $1K

At a high of $1,007.40 after strong Q3 results

(Newser) - Google "big milestones" and this story should show up: Google's stock soared to its highest price today, breaking the $1,000 mark for the first time. (Today's peak thus far has been $1,007.40 per share.) That squashes the previous July peak of $928, CNN...

Tattoos, Pills Might Someday Replace Passwords

Motorola testing the technology on phones

(Newser) - Fact: Passwords suck . So Motorola is looking into technology that will allow its phones to use "Biostamp" tattoos or computer chip pills to identify their owners instead, the company told the D11 conference this week. Executive Regina Dugan even showed off her own Biostamp, a bendable silicon chip originally...

Coming Soon: First-Ever US-Made Smartphone

Motorola's Moto X to be assembled in Texas

(Newser) - For the first time, a smartphone will be manufactured in the United States, and Motorola is going to be the company to do it. Moto X, which will be made at a Fort Worth, Texas, plant employing some 2,000 people, will be released before the close of 2013, Motorola...

Apple, Google Facebook, Amazon: The Tech War Cometh

Four digital giants increasingly eyeing others' turf in 2013: WSJ

(Newser) - Google, Facebook, Amazon, and Apple are widely considered the kings of digital world. But as they look to grow further, increasingly they will need to target each other's turf, dramatically raising the stakes in cyber conflicts in 2013, reports the Wall Street Journal .
  • Google. Perhaps the most wide-ranging of

Google Building 'X Phone' to Rival iPhone: Report

It's using Motorola to make it, says Wall Street Journal

(Newser) - The Wall Street Journal reports that Google is building a "sophisticated" smartphone it hopes will give the iPhone a run for its money. The project is still very much under wraps—it even has a Bond-like code name of "Phone X," according to the Journal's sources....

Google to Shed 4K Motorola Workers

That's 20% of Motorola Mobility workforce; third of offices closing

(Newser) - After acquiring Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion this year, Google is slicing off a fifth of its workforce, laying off 4,000 workers, the company has confirmed. Two-thirds of the 4,000 cuts will occur outside the US; Google is also shutting down up to a third of the...

Germany Bans Xbox, Windows 7

But Microsoft says it doesn't have to pull products yet

(Newser) - If you live in Germany and you like Microsoft products, you may want to stock up: A court ordered today that Microsoft remove Xbox 360 and Windows 7 from shelves, after ruling that Microsoft had infringed on Motorola Mobility's patents. But nothing will be pulled yet, Microsoft says, because...

Google Gets Europe's OK to Buy Motorola

But regulators in EU, United States will monitor for antitrust

(Newser) - Google's $12.5 billion takeover of Motorola Mobility Holdings, announced last August , finally cleared regulators in Europe and the United States yesterday, reports Reuters . But as Motorola owns so many patents that are vital to the telecommunications industry, regulators said they would monitor Google to ensure it continued to...

iPad, iPhone Ban Overturned

Motorola's patent infringement ruling in Germany doesn't last long

(Newser) - Apple's enormous profit machine stuttered momentarily in Germany today when Motorola enforced a patent infringement ruling against iPads and iPhones, banning their sale for a short time, the BBC reports. An appeals court yanked the ban after Apple made a new offer to license the patent. "A suspension...

Samsung, Google Unveil Slick New Android Phone

New phone is first to run Android 4.0

(Newser) - Only hours after Motorola rolled out its new Razr , Samsung and Google unveiled a new Android smartphone of their own. The high-end Galaxy Nexus—which is set to retail for more than $700—would have launched more than a week ago, but the companies decided to reschedule after the death...

Motorola Resurrects Razr as Droid

New high-end Droid phone takes the name of old hit

(Newser) - Motorola has brought back an old name for its new entry into the smartphone market. The Droid Razr takes its name from the company's line of ultrathin flip phones that were produced between 2004 and 2007 and became the world's best-selling handset. The new Razr, which runs on...

Google Bought Motorola for the Patents

Firm seeks protection from intellectual property litigation: Kit Eaton

(Newser) - Google’s purchase of Motorola Mobility isn’t just about giving the company a seamless ability to blend hardware and software—it also buys Google a new set of patents, helping to shield it from Apple and Microsoft complaints about intellectual property infringement. Apple is already battling Samsung over the...

Stocks Shoot Up at Open
 Stocks Shoot Up at Open 

Stocks Shoot Up at Open

Dow sees triple-digit rise

(Newser) - Is the panic over on Wall Street? The Dow shot up around 131 points, and the S&P and Nasdaq were up 13.5 and 26.2 as of 9:39am EST. Part of the gain came from Google’s blockbuster acquisition of Motorola , which sent the latter’s stock...

Google Buys Motorola for $12.5B

Google to directly produce Android phones, says system will remain open

(Newser) - Google shocked the tech world this morning by announcing that it had a “definitive agreement” in place to buy Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion or $40 a share—a 63% premium on Friday’s closing price. The move means that Google will for the first time be directly...

Xoom Reviews: Motorola's iPad Challenger Is Decent, but Pricey
 Meet Xoom, iPad's  
 First Big Challenger 
Review Roundup

Meet Xoom, iPad's First Big Challenger

It's fast, but it's pricey: critics

(Newser) - Critics agree: Motorola’s Xoom is the iPad’s the first serious competition. But the base price of $800 could scare customers away:
  • Xoom “has a more potent processor than the current iPad; front and rear cameras versus none for the iPad; better speakers; and higher screen resolution,”

Apple Sues Motorola on Smartphone Patents

It's a countersuit, part of the escalating tech wars

(Newser) - Apple has responded to Motorola's you-stole-our-patents lawsuit with the expected no-you-stole-our-patents countersuit, reports Apple Insider . Apple actually filed two suits yesterday accusing Motorola of infringing on six iPhone patents related to multitouch features and graphical interfaces on its various smartphones, including the Droid.

Microsoft Sues Motorola Before Launching Phone

Patent lawsuit could be a message to Google

(Newser) - If you can't beat 'em, sue 'em instead. That seems to be Microsoft's latest attempt to make inroads into the mobile phone market as it gets ready to launch its Microsoft Phone 7. In addition to planning to spend $500 million on advertising for the new device, it's decided to...

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