Originally Posted by sog35
Total loss is $5,400,000,000. Google only made $10B in fiscal year 2012. So the loss basically wiped out half of year of profits.
Now try to spin that as being 'a small loss'.
Well, starting with your $5,400,000,000 number, you left out that the purchase price included operating losses that Motorola had already incurred as Motorola... This was money spent by Motorola, not Google, that Google got to write off after the acquisition. $1,000,000,000 domestically and $700,000,000 internationally. So another $1.7bil lopped off.... down to $3.7billion- and there were additional breaks that were expected to continue on to the tune of $700million/yr until 2019 according to Forbes... so when you factor that in the losses (if any) get pretty small pretty quick, especially since they still hold the patents they deem useful to themselves.
I don't think Moto Mobile was a 'win' for Google by any stretch, but the exuberant schadenfreude most of the avid Google haters really isn't all that warranted.
To me I'm just a little sad that the inventor of the mobile phone and the only smartphone designed and made in the US is gone =(