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School technology buyers will be watching to see how Google’s $12.5 billion deal to buy Motorola’s mobile technology unit affects the market for mobile devices.

If approved by federal regulators, the deal announced Aug. 15 gives Google control over a key manufacturer of devices that run on its open-source Android operating system.

But the big prize isn't Motorola's lineup of cell phones and computer tablets, analysts say: It's Motorola's more than 17,000 patents—a crucial


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