US approves Google’s Motorola bid after EU OKs

WASHINGTON (AP) ? U.S. regulators have approved Google’s $12.5 billion bid for Motorola Mobility. The announcement comes just hours after Google won clearance in Europe.

Google still needs approval from China, Taiwan and Israel before completing the deal.

Google Inc. is counting on Motorola Mobility Holding Inc.’s more than 17,000 patents ? a crucial weapon in an intellectual arms race with Apple, Microsoft and other rivals to gain more control over smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices.