Google wants to dump Horsham but keep patents: reports

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The Google homepage is seen on a Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc. device. Google acquired Motorola Mobility, based in Horsham, in May.

Google Inc. has set today as a deadline for bids from would-be buyers for its Motorola Home business, which counts Comcast and other cable TV companies among its clients, and includes the old General Instruments plant in Horsham, which once employed over 1,000, reports the Wall St Journal, see also Light Reading Cable's account here. 

Google wants to collect at least $1.5 billion from a deal, but is supposed to have dampened interest by insisting on keeping Motorola Home patents. Georgia-based Arris Group, Pace Plc and Ericcson have been listed as likely bidders.

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