Google Patents: Google Inc's blockbuster acquisition of Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc underscores a trend by technology companies to snap up patents in a bid to stave off competitive threats and patent-infringement lawsuits. Google's patent portfolio is seen as one of the weakest in the industry, Reuters reports.
Sweetening the Pot: AT&T Inc.,seeking government approval for its $39 billion acquisition of T-Mobile USA Inc., pledged to bring 5,000 call-center jobs back to the U.S. from other countries once the deal closes, according to Bloomberg.
Tax Avoidance: The authors of a new study said their findings suggested that current United States business policy was rewarding tax avoidance rather than innovation, The New York Times reports.
Dual Role: Assistant U.S. attorney Aloke Chakravarty has taken the lead in trying to build a better rapport with Muslims. But he also is prosecuting the terror case against Tarek Mehanna, a local Muslim whose trial is scheduled for early October. The Washington Post looks at his complicated dual role.
New Job: U.S. Army Gen. David Petraeus, who served as the top U.S. commander in Iraq and then Afghanistan, will hang up his uniform for a civilian suit today, CNN reports. He will leave the Pentagon for the halls of another hallowed Washington institution: the CIA.