Antitrust regulators around the world have had Google under the microscope for a while now, so it's a given that the U.S. Department of Justice wants a really close look at Google's proposed acquisition of Motorola Mobility.
Coming so quickly on the heels of the move to block the AT&T T-Mobile merger, the DoJ's request is further evidence that the Obama administration is following through on its promise to get tough on antitrust violations and anti-competitive behavior.
PCWorld reported Wednesday Google has received a "second request" for more details on the deal. In a blog post, Google representatives called the request "routine," noting the company has received such requests in the past. Though the request may mean the acquisition will not close as soon as the companies had hoped, Google remains confident that regulators will ultimately approve it.
As Google SVP Dennis Woodside put it, the DoJ should see the purchase as "a pro-competitive transaction that is good for Motorola Mobility, good for consumers, and good for our partners."