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US DoJ inquiry delays Google Motorola Mobility buy

Internet giant Google has revealed that the US Department of Justice has requested further information regarding the planned acquisition of Motorola’s mobile business.

"We know that close scrutiny is part of the process and we’ve been talking to the U.S. Department of Justice over the past few weeks," wrote Google SVP Dennis Woodside on the Google public policy blog.

"Today we received what is called a "second request," which means that the DOJ is asking for more information so that they can continue to review the deal," he added.

Woodside said such requests were routine, pointing out that the DoJ had also queried the acquisition of travel firm ITA Software.

The move does seem to indicate some sort of delay, however, with Woodside saying : "this means we won’t be closing right away," but adding that he believed the DoJ would conclude the Google buy would leave the mobile industry in a highly competitive state.

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