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Motorola’s New CEO Could Be Google’s Bid to Dominate Mobile Ads

Motorola’s New CEO Could Be Google’s Bid to Dominate Mobile Ads

Motorola’s New CEO Could Be Google’s Bid to Dominate Mobile Ads
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Meet Motorola Mobility’s new head honcho, Dennis Woodside. Image: Motorola

At first glance, Dennis Woodside, the Google executive who was named Motorola Mobility’s CEO on Tuesday, has a resume that doesn’t quite jibe with his new gig.

Woodside has never worked on a hardware project, and he’s never held a job in the consumer electronics or mobile industries. He’s never been an engineer, a designer, a supply channel manager, or even a telecommunications wonk.

Rather, Woodside is a former mergers and acquisition lawyer who has overseen multibillion-dollar revenue growth in Google’s businesses, particularly on the advertising side, in more than 30 countries. So what value could a lawyer and advertising executive — albeit a good one — bring to the helm of one of the world’s most storied cellphone manufacturers?

“Woodside was able to grow overseas revenue for Google. He knows how to integrate companies with his mergers and acquisitions background, and he understands Google’s ad business, and knows how to launch ad products,” Kim Forrest, a senior equity research analyst at Fort Pitt Capital Group, told Wired. “I’m not buying the idea that Google wants to be an Apple ‘m…………… continues on Wired News

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Oracle Patent Decision, Motorola Acquisition Give Google Reasons to Cheer
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Oracle Patent Decision, Motorola Acquisition Give Google Reasons to Cheer
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Google CEO Larry Page is going to have to mark the third week of May on his calendar and he might be justified in observing it with an annual company celebration.

For on this particular week Google finally got all of the government approvals it needed and closed its acquisition of Motorola Mobility and then the following day learned that a federal court jury decided that it didn’t infringe on Oracle’s patents. Google agreed to buy Motorola Mobility for $ 12.5 billion in early November 2011 and had since been waiting for federal authorities to clear the deal.

The result is that Google Android business, operating since 2010 under something of a cloud while Oracle’s patent infringement lawsuit made its way through the legal system, now finds the sun is shining again on it high-flying mobile operating system. And even better, Google is finding itself in the corporate version of the catbird seat when it comes to mobile devices.

This pair of events means that…………… continues on eWeek

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