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Groupon became the latest company to report quarterly earnings, and its revenue growth fell short of analyst estimates. Here is a summary of recent earnings and reports for selected technology companies and what they reveal about the state of spending and the overall economy:
Several tech companies have reported their quarterly earnings, including Facebook for the first time as a public company. LinkedIn recorded strong results to counter disappointing earnings from other newly traded Internet companies _ namely Facebook and Zynga. Groupon reports next week.
Google's second-quarter earnings rose 11 percent despite a deepening decline in the prices paid for its Internet search advertising.
On Tuesday, Google Inc. completed its $12.5 billion deal to take over Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc. The deal is Google's largest ever _ nearly four times larger than the previous high, the 2008 purchase of online advertising company DoubleClick for $3.2 billion.
Google Inc. on Tuesday completed its $12.5 billion acquisition of phone maker Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc. and said it has appointed a Google executive as the new CEO of the business.
Google says it has completed its acquisition of phone-maker Motorola Mobility and it has appointed a Google executive as the new CEO of the business.
Google promptly reshuffled Motorola Mobility's management Tuesday after completing its $12.5 billion acquisition of the device maker.
Google has completed its $12.5 billion purchase of device maker Motorola Mobility in a deal that poses new challenges for the Internet's most powerful company as it tries to shape the future of mobile computing.
Here are some key developments in Google's Inc.'s planned acquisition of Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc.:
Google is planning to complete its $12.5 billion acquisition of cell phone maker Motorola Mobility Holdings before Wednesday.
A judge for the U.S. International Trade Commission has ruled that Apple infringed a patent held by Motorola and dismissed the rest of Motorola's claims.
Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc. CEO and Chairman Sanjay Jha's compensation more than tripled in 2011 to $47.2 million, including awards tied to the company's split from Motorola Solutions.
Faltering Internet icon AOL was able to squeeze out more than $1 billion from Microsoft for a trove of some 800 patents in an auction, the latest sign of just how valuable such portfolios can be for the world's biggest technology companies.
AOL's $1 billion deal to sell and license patents to Microsoft is another in a series of "Antiques Roadshow" moments in the technology world. Faded companies have been rummaging through their assets recently, and some of them have found musty old patents that turn out to be worth a great deal.
Apple certainly has lots of buzz and corporate cache behind its products, but there's a hidden _ almost mundane _ reason its newest iPad is likely to dominate the competition: the advantageous deals the company cuts with components manufacturers.