During a week that featured volatility in the stock market, chaos in the Middle East, and an increase in attention paid to the presidential campaign, Google's $12.5 billion purchase of Motorola drew excitement in social media.
For the week of August 15-19, the sale was the most discussed subject on Twitter and the No. 3 story on blogs, according to the New Media Index from the Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism.
Many Twitter users offered some humor as the passed along news of the deal.
"Google buys Motorola for $12.5 billion. In related news, Apple buys United States in all-cash bid," tweeted the actor George Takei.
Read the full report, Google, Motorola and Warren Buffett Drive Twitter Conversations, on the Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism Web site.