: a redundant phrase by now. But buying Motorola and gaining its 17,000 patents is simply self-defense as the tech industry stands today.
But where Google will take this acquisition is something not too crazy: free phones
. Free phones loaded with Google's Android and much like Google Apps -- from Gmail to web to search to G+ to... advertising
! And it will be loaded with tech DC'ers don't want -- GPS down to the business; that is, you'll use that Google phone as a wallet, thus no need to carry money. Going into the grocery store, your phone will know that you're in a Walmart, and you pick up what you need (scan the SKUs yourself), tear off a receipt on your way out to show the door greeter, and leave, bypassing cashiers. By the time you hit the door, your account has been charged.
Apple will be pissy because only their fans will pay hundreds for their phone, and they'll have to reduce the price. Microsoft will be frumpy because they're the third man out, begging someone to use Bing. Meanwhile, politicians and the FCC won't bother with stricter regulations because in America, corporations are people! It's a deal with the Devil, but remember that most schlubs are just going to want to know one thing: "You said it was free?