Arris Group Inc. and Pace Plc have made the most compelling bids for Google Inc.'s Motorola Home Business, which sells set-top boxes and equipment to cable- television providers, a person familiar with the situation said.
Google, which has been trying to sell the unit, received multiple offers on Dec. 7, said the person, who asked not to be identified because the process is private. A deal has a 50-50 chance of being announced by year-end or postponed because of a complicated financing structure that involves Google retaining some equity and the unit's patents...
Making the most of the biggest sporting event of the year no longer means having the biggest, baddest screen on the block. Football fans and Super Bowl dilettantes alike are looking to reach out and expand the social aspect of fandom beyond the living room.
This year, in addition to state-of-the-art flat screens and sound systems, retailers need to acknowledge the networking trend with gadgets that connect viewers to Facebook friends, streaming online services, and mobile apps that integrate home video and audio gear with smartphones and tablets.Whether it’s indignation at a blown call or celebratory shout-outs when their team scores, football fans want to share the games not only with those around them, but with friends and family miles away. This leads to the increased use of second screens—like tablets—so that viewers can follow friends’ comments on Facebook, or trends on Twitter, while watching the game.