This past week was like no other. Two major industry changing announcements were made that really took the tech community by surprise. Google revealed its $12.5 billion bid for Motorola Mobility while HP suddenly raised a white flag on its webOS hardware and PC business to make an IBM-like transition into the enterprise software and services business. With competition in the mobile space getting cutthroat, all the remaining contenders continue to stockpile patents for courtroom battles. Proceed after the cut for the full weekly roundup video and list.
Google buys Motorola Mobility for $12.5bn
HTC, Sony Ericsson and LG praise Google’s 17k Motorola patent grab [Update: Samsung]
Andy Rubin: Motorola not a Nexus lock-in
Google Forced To Buy Motorola To Block Microsoft?
Microsoft: Google-Motorola Deal Makes Windows Phone Only Equal Opportunity Platform
Samsung reconsiders software “competitiveness” after Google Motorola deal
Samsung Nexus Prime to land in October packing Ice Cream Sandwich according to rumor
Apple, Nokia, Qualcomm, Google To Fight For InterDigital Patents
Google, Motorola Deal Faces Lawsuit Filed By Shareholder
Should Google Go Apple Mobile Style with Moto, Microsoft Takes the Spoils
HTC CEO reaffirms support for Google-Motorola deal
HTC Ruby to be Named HTC Amaze 4G on T-Mobile
HTC Puccini Called Jetstream on AT&T, Additional Screenshots Leaked
HTC Puccini tablet launch by early October says exec
HTC announces London user event for September 1 via Facebook
HP to buy Autonomy for $10 billion, spinning off PC business
HP Discontinues webOS Handsets, Touchpad, and Entire Ecosystem
Why HP is dropping webOS: HP Comments at Length
HP not ditching webOS, just the hardware
Amazon, Samsung, HTC… who’ll be webOS’ new suitor?
HP shares slide 20% as Dell CEO takes public potshots
HP TouchPad in White available now for US, seriously?
webOS TouchPad $100 Fire Sale Today, Should You Buy It?
Euro Galaxy Tab 10.1 injunction diluted: Only German sales blocked
Samsung begins Dutch Galaxy Tab 10.1 sales in pre-injunction hearing window
Apple May Have Submitted Flawed Evidence Against Samsung in Europe
Apple seeking EU ban on ALL Samsung Galaxy smartphones and tablets
Apple caught resizing Samsung kit again in patent suit
Apple sued by HTC over three new patents
LTE iPhone 5 in carrier testing according to report
Apple Store Gets 4G LTE Equipment For iPhone 5?
iPhone 5 Pre-Orders Start September 30 For October 7 Launch?
Prepare for iPhone 5 in early October warns AT&T VP
iPad 3 Retina Display on order, but testing supplier mettle
Apple Releases Mac OS X Lion 10.7.1 Update
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