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EU planning to approve Google's purchase of Motorola next week, according to Reuters

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We heard yesterday that the US Justice Department was likely to approve Google's purchase of Motorola, and now Reuters is reporting that the European Union is just about ready to do the same.

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We heard yesterday that the US Justice Department was likely to approve Google's purchase of Motorola, and now Reuters is reporting that the European Union is just about ready to do the same. The verdict should come down on Monday, when the European Commission is scheduled to meet and discuss whether or not to clear the deal, and two independent sources both confirmed to Reuters this should come to pass without incident Google still needs clearance from China (which has until March 20th), Israel, and Taiwan to close the deal, but two of the biggest challenges to the Android maker's acquisition of Motorola's precious patents could be cleared by next week.