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After the Amazing Success of Nexus One (Not), Google to Acquire Motorola

This time last year, Google was licking its wounds after the dismal failure of its Nexus One phone.

You know, the one designed and sold by Google. A complete Android package from the search giant.

So what better way to celebrate the one year anniversary of that failed experiment than by coughing up $12.5 billion, in CASH, for Motorola and jumping feet first into the handset manufacturing business?

I know, you’re checking to make sure it’s not April 1st, but this is hot off the wire:

Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG) and Motorola Mobility Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: MMI) today announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Google will acquire Motorola Mobility for $40.00 per share in cash, or a total of about $12.5 billion, a premium of 63% to the closing price of Motorola Mobility shares on Friday, August 12, 2011. The transaction was unanimously approved by the boards of directors of both companies.

Millennial Media’s 50th Mobile Intelligence Report: That was Then, This is Now

Millennial Media released their 50th Mobile Intelligence Report today which covers Q2 2011 and includes a look back at where we were in 2009.

One of the biggest changes is Apple’s rise to dominate the top of the mobile device charts. In 2009, they were number 3 with 11.35% of the market, but in 2011, they’re number one with 30.76%. Samsung dropped down to number two, but 2009′s second place LG has dropped all the way to 6th place.

Going along with Apple’s supremacy is the rise in touch screens. Currently 60% of devices have them, as compared to only 33% back in 2009. The mobile phone biz has changed so radically that only two phones made the Top 20 list both then and now, the iPhone and the Blackberry Curve. In 2009, it was all about the T-Mobile Sidekick and the Samsung Instinct. My, how times have changed. Of course, compared to the first portable phones, the Sidekick is a true marvel.

One Third of Mobile Users Aren’t Mobile At All

A new Yahoo! study states that there has been a 54% increase in the time spent on the mobile web and a 29% increase in time spent watching video on a mobile device.

Are you tired of hearing it yet? Your customers are going mobile — sort of. The study, called “Mobile Modes: How to Connect with Mobile Consumers,” also found that one third of the total time spent on mobile devices is spent at home. That’s right. Mobile, isn’t always mobile and we often forget that. Mobile is taking the place of the home PC. For many people, it’s become the primary way they connect with the world as you can see in this chart from the report.

Laptops, Cell Phones: This Baby Got Tech!

Do you remember your first laptop computer? Your first smartphone? Are you still waiting to experience the joy of the tablet? Most of us have been around long enough to see this massive change in portable technology but there’s a new generation that has never known anything else. They’re the iGeneration and they were born, almost literally, with a mobile phone in their hands.

According to a new survey by BlogHer and Parenting, one in four moms said that they’ve let their two-year-old use their mobile phone. You’ll be comforted to know that the average age to have their own mobile phone is 13, with smartphone scaling slightly older at 15.

Quixey: There’s a Search App for That

When Apple created the slogan, “there’s an app for that,” they weren’t kidding. When you look at all the mobile phone options then add in apps for Twitter and Facebook and browsers like Firefox and Chrome, you’re talking millions of options. The downside of that many options is that it can be hard to find what you’re looking for if you don’t know the name of the app. Enter Quixey, the all app search engine backed by Eric Schmidt’s Innovations Endeavors.

The wonder of Quixey is that it searches based on the way people think. If I want an app to help me with my grocery list, I can type in groceries. Stressed? I can type in “help me relax.” Here’s an example of a search page:

Foursquare Pages for Business Now Self-Serve But Will Anyone Notice?

I will warn you on this one. I have tried to be a location based services user but I lose interest real quickly. My erratic check-ins at restaurants or sporting events are more a result of me saying “I guess I could check in” or my wife checking in thus making me get competitive and making sure I am not one-upped by her. Not exactly the stuff of location based legend, I know.

That’s why when Foursquare announced that their business pages were becoming self-serve I had to actually educate myself as to what this meant. Since January of 2010 these pages have existed but the foursquare blog tells of the new option:

Mobile Marketing Mashup

Mobile is hot. We get that. What makes something hot in the Internet marketing space is the amount of information that is flying around about it and if that’s one of the main barometers of success mobile has hit the big time for sure.

Here is some of the latest mobile information that you may find interesting.

Android v iPhone – So What’s the Real Story?

If you want to support the dominance or preeminence or whatever-it-is-inence of your favorite mobile platform there is data out there for you to do just that.