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All Things Google: Rumored to Be Selling Portion of Motorola


Plus, the business world will take a side of Google Plus with its Google Apps.

MINYANVILLE ORIGINAL Google (GOOG) supposedly wants to sell a portion of its recent acquisition of Motorola, and has hired Barclays Plc (BCS) to do the dirty work of finding a buyer. Google wants to sell the "Home Business" division of the messy ex-techno-giant, which it acquired for $12.5 billion in May. Bloomberg opines that this unit might net about $2 billion.

This week's news includes a foray into virtual cartography: CNET reports that the maps made using Google's Map Maker can now be disseminated via the not-quite-defunct Google Plus.

Google Plus is about to integrate with the tech megalith's Google Apps. The Apps include a word processor, spreadsheet function, calendar, and more-there's even, the New York Times's Bits blog adds, the curious Hangouts application, a video chat that can hold up to ten interlocutors. Basically, the business person will be able to share via Google Plus any documents generated with Google Apps (how many uses of the word "Google" does it take to screw up a paragraph?). These documents can be shared in a closed-circuit way, according to the user's privacy settings.

In antitrust litigation, Bloomberg reports that the Federal Trade Commission should be finished with its investigation into the supposed antitrust activities of which Google has been accused by the European Commission. The EU claims that Google unfairly uses its search engine to stifle competition, ranking competitors' products lower than its own when it's not appropriate to do so, hiking up ad rates for rivals, etc.

Finally, US Circuit Judge Denny Chin has staunchly refused to delay the hearing of the class action suit against Google by the Authors Guild. Google is charged with copyright breach in attempting to "create the world's largest digital library" by scanning individual books, the Wall Street Journal writes. The Authors Guild has demanded $750 million in recompense for what it claims are violations of the copyright law by Google.

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