Some additional Google + MMI speculation, including the first reference I’ve seen to how much Google paid IBM for patents
Yes, it has a lot to do with patents and that might well explain Google’s goofy bidding behavior during the recent Nortel patent auction. Maybe Google already knew it was going for Moto at that point. Certainly with these 17,000 patents plus the $1 billion worth of patents acquired from IBM, Google can go toe-to-toe with Apple or anyone else in an IP battle. Cross-licenses of certain mobile technologies would certainly appear to be in the future for many of these companies.
And cross-licenses represent another important aspect of MotoGoogle that generally hasn’t been noticed — Motorola’s Java license. Oracle, the new owner of Java and all the rest of Sun Microsystem’s old IP, has been beating-up on Google in court, claiming the search giant has stolen Java technology. Not anymore. If this Motorola Mobility deal goes through (and I think it will) then Oracle loses grounds for its lawsuit, which is part of why Google is even doing the deal.