Google-Motorola, tiny Twitter links, and R.I.P. webOS

A tech news roundup

August is typically a slow month for the tech industry, but this month we’ve seen new product releases and upgrades, and Hewlett-Packard has certainly grabbed headlines.

Here’s a breakdown of three tech stories worth noting:

Google certainly made headlines last week for its acquisition of Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion. Larry Page, co-founder and CEO, stated, "The combination of Google and Motorola will not only supercharge Android, but will also enhance competition and offer consumers accelerating innovation, greater choice, and wonderful user experiences."

The move, say some industry-watchers, may also help Google defend against patent infringement lawsuits filed by competitors, including Apple and Microsoft.