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Google Wins U.S. Antitrust Approval to Buy Motorola Mobility

Google Inc. won U.S. antitrust approval to purchase Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc. for $12.5 billion and expand its mobile-phone patents to increase competition with Apple Inc.

The acquisition of Libertyville, Illinois-based Motorola Mobility gives Google, the biggest maker of smartphone software, more than 17,000 additional patents in the largest wireless-equipment deal in at least a decade, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.