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The five biggest companies that Google has gobbled

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(Read caption) Google has made many smart acquisitions over its 13 years. Most recently, Google made a $12.5 billion bid for Motorola Mobility, a play seen as a defensive move against Apple.

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Google has wrapped its tentacles around yet another aspect of digital life, announcing plans earlier this year to buy smart-phone giant Motorola Mobility. The 13-year-old search-engine company has a history of staying ahead through smart acquisitions. Here are its five largest (assuming the Motorola deal goes through):

1. Motorola Mobility, $12.5 billion: The deal would give Google a top-rate phone manufacturer and 17,000 patents – both important ammunition against Apple and Microsoft. That’s if the Feds approve the deal.


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