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Lenovo’s Motorola deal likely to face intense federal scrutiny

A pair of Lenovo 2-in-1 laptops and tablets.
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A pair of Lenovo 2-in-1 laptops and tablets.

Google's surprise announcement that it plans to sell its Motorola handset business to Lenovo, the Chinese technology company, now puts the spotlight on whether federal officials will agree the deal poses no national security concerns.

Federal scrutiny of the deal is expected to be heightened because it involves the sale of telecommunications equipment assets to a company partially backed by the Chinese government. Similar deals have passed U.S. security reviews although not without some agreements by companies to modify them.

Read the entire story at Re/code.

By Amy Schatz, recode.net.

CNBC's parent NBC Universal is an investor in re/code's parent Revere Digital, and the companies have a content-sharing arrangement.

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