Archive for the ‘Acquisition’ Category

Google Buys Postini

July 10, 2007

“Postini is specialized in security and compliance solutions. Their main focus is in securing email and IM communication, mainly TLS based communications. Google is, well, globally the best search engine as well as the biggest provider of innovative solutions like Google Apps.

And now they are together. Google just aquired Postini.

Notably Google was already utilizing Postini technology with Gmail; the acquisition would appear to be a case of Google wanting to own a technology it was already using under license.(TechCrunch)”

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Google To Acquire GrandCentral

June 25, 2007

“Google is in acquisition discussions with telephone management startup GrandCentral, we’ve learned, and we have a high degree of confidence that the deal has actually been closed. We are trying to nail down the acquisition price.The basic idea around GrandCentral is “one phone number for all your phones, for life.” As we change jobs, homes and cell phones, there are a lot of phone numbers to keep track of, and keeping everyone up to date with your most recent phone numbers is a real cost. If you use GrandCentral you can give out a single phone number. What happens when that person calls that number depends on his/her relationship to you, and what you are doing at the time.”

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Google Acquires Zenter

June 19, 2007

“Google made another acquisition announcement today – they’ve bought a company called Zenter (”a company that provides software for creating online slide presentations”) to help complete their upcoming Powerpoint/presentation application. The price wasn’t disclosed.This is another liquidity event for Y Combinator, which funded Zenter (we covered their debut here).”

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What Google Bought In The Past 12 Months

June 2, 2007

Google is expanding seemingly by the minute, and acquisitions are playing a big role in the search engine leader’s quest to rule the technology world. Wednesday Google said it will buy a photo-sharing Web site called Panoramio and confirmed the acquisition of security software vendor GreenBorder Technologies. And just today, Google announced its acquisition of a provider of online RSS feeds called Feedburner.In all, Google has agreed to make at least 11 purchases of companies or technologies in the past year. Google usually doesn’t release financial terms of small deals, but the big ones are substantial: $1.65 billion for YouTube and $3.1 billion for DoubleClick (the latter deal is pending a federal investigation). A little bit more than a year ago, Google spent $1 billion for a 5 percent stake in AOL.”

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Google Buys Panoramio

June 1, 2007

“”Panoramio has been working with Google to incorporate Panoramio photos into Google Earth for some time. We believed a deeper relationship would add value to the Panoramio experience for our users.” ((901 AM)”

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eBay Confirms StumbleUpon Acquisition For $75 Million

May 30, 2007

“Web 2.0 Wednesday continues with eBay confirming (EBAY) that it bought StumbleUpon for $75 million.  As I mentioned back in April, when this story first broke:The reason StumbleUpon is so hot right now is because it represents a fruitful area beyond search: discovery.  Search engines are good for when you pretty much know what you are looking for. But discovery engines like StumbleUpon’s use a combination of your own stated preferences and those of people like you to surface Websites, videos, photographs, and other information you didn’t even know you might like. “

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Fox Interactive Media (Owner Of MySpace) To Buy Photobucket

May 30, 2007

“A Web site that enables its users to store photos and video for inclusion in MySpace profiles will become a part of the popular online hangout.MySpace’s parent, News Corp.’s (NWS, News) Fox Interactive Media, said Wednesday it would acquire Photobucket Inc., just weeks after a public spat in which MySpace partially blocked content from Photobucket. The block was mysteriously lifted after about two weeks, but both sides had been silent on the details of their peacemaking.

Fox also separately bought Flektor Inc., which offers Web-based tools for creating slideshows, video mash-ups and other interactive presentations.”

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CBS Acquires Last.fm for $280 million

May 30, 2007

“The quickly growing music social network Last.fm has been acquired by CBS for $280 million in an all-cash deal.UK based Last.fm launched five years ago and has become a social networking favorite with 15 million active users. It has become a massive repository for music information (artist and song wikis, listening data from users, etc.). In the U.S., companies like Pandora, MOG and iLike all compete with some of Last.fm’s features, although none of those startups has built the basic social network/community of last.fm.

The deal sees Last.fm’s management team staying in place and the site maintaining a separate identity.”

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FTC Investigating Google-DoubleClick Deal

May 29, 2007

The New York Times is covering FTC interest in Google’s purchase of the DoubleClick service. The investigation is in response to privacy group concerns over the amount of information Google will have available to it via its ad service and DoubleClick. Between a few days and a week from now the FTC should either declare the all clear, or elevate the process to a ‘second request’ stage. That would indicate more serious issues the federal body has an interest in. Google stated it was confident the purchase would hold up under scrutiny. ‘In the complaint, the groups noted that Google collects the search histories of its users, while DoubleClick tracks what Web sites people visit. The merger, according to their complaint, would give one company access to more information about the Internet activities of consumers than any other company in the world.”

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Google Acquired a Security Company

May 28, 2007

“Google on May 11 acquired an online security company called the GreenBorder Technologies.

Headquartered in Mountain View, California, GreenBorder Technologies was founded in 2001 to bring a new approach to enterprise security. GreenBorder, the industry’s first Desktop DMZ software for Windows, keeps Internet invaders out and enterprise data in. It allows users to safely connect anywhere, go to any website, open any Internet email or attachment, and use any downloaded files without worry. GreenBorder’s unique, signature-less approach never needs updating and provides continuous protection against corruption, theft and invasion of business data systems.

[cache of GreenBorder’s About page from Internet Archive]”

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