From the Guardian. Short version: Google needs patents and may just sell off the hardware business; but maybe not. Maybe Google wants to try to be Apple, doing integrated hardware and software. GooMoto could make some cool devices. Might not be as nice as Apple (which is still the best, by far) but some people might sacrifice ease-of-use if they can get greater control over their device. (Gillmor is one of them.) Downside: It’s bad news for HTC, Samsung and other Android licensees, which now may migrate more to Windows Phone 7. Upside: MOTO makes set-top boxes, and Google wants to be in TV. Bottom line: Patents suck, and it’s a shame that companies now must spend billions just to arm themselves against each other.