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Lenovo Won't Get Regina Dugan's Advanced Research Group in Motorola Deal

The unit headed by the former DARPA chief will stay with Google.

Asa Mathat

While Lenovo is buying most of Motorola for $2.9 billion, that price apparently does not include the advanced research unit headed by former DARPA chief Regina Dugan.

In response to a question from Re/code, Lenovo CEO Yang Yuanqing said that unit was not part of the deal. A Motorola spokesman confirmed that is the case, but did not offer further details.

Dugan’s unit will join Google’s Android team, Re/code has learned.

Appearing at the D: All Things Digital conference last year, Dugan talked about a number of projects Motorola had cooking in its labs, including pills and electronic tattoos that could serve as advanced forms of authentication.

Dugan joined Google in 2012, ahead of the Motorola deal’s close, but was quickly tapped to join Googler Dennis Woodside as part of the company’s effort to put its imprint on the phone maker.

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