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  • Jun. 19, 2013, 9:16 AM

    Google (GOOG) is open to forging alliances with P-E firms to make acquisitions, says M&A chief Don Harrison, who hints additional major deals are being considered in the wake of Waze. Harrison also expounds on Google's broader M&A strategy: "We apply something called the toothbrush test ... Is this something people use once or twice a day and does it solve a problem?" Meanwhile, law prof. Steven Davidoff reports Google skipped providing an antitrust review filing for Waze to the DOJ and FTC by using an exemption for foreign companies with less than $60.9M in U.S. sales/assets.

    | Jun. 19, 2013, 9:16 AM
  • Jun. 11, 2013, 11:48 AM

    It's official: Google (GOOG -0.7%) is acquiring Waze. No price tag has been given yet. On Google's official blog, Maps/Earth engineering chief Brian McClendon says Waze's R&D team "will remain in Israel and operate separately for now." He adds Google is "excited about the prospect of enhancing Google Maps with some of the traffic update features provided by Waze and enhancing Waze with Google’s search capabilities." (previous)

    | Jun. 11, 2013, 11:48 AM | 2 Comments
  • Jun. 9, 2013, 4:25 PM

    Google (GOOG) "buying Waze is all defense but great defense wins championships," tweets Howard Lindzon. Quartz's Gideon Lichfield argues a deal, which would reel in 50M users and the top provider of crowdsourced maps/traffic/POI data, "would deal a death blow" to Apple (AAPL) and Facebook's (FB) efforts to develop rival maps platforms (Google Maps already has 1.3K data sources). In Facebook's case, it would also throw a wrench into efforts to be a go-to source for local content and ads. But regulators could oppose Google, given its mobile maps dominance. Sources claim Waze CEO Noam Bardin will remain following a deal, and that Waze's Israeli R&D ops will stay put for at least 3 years.

    | Jun. 9, 2013, 4:25 PM | 8 Comments
  • May 29, 2013, 10:27 AM

    Facebook's (FB -3%) buyout talks with Waze have fallen apart, sources tell AllThingsD. In-line with prior reports, the reluctance of the Waze team to move from Israel to Silicon Valley is said to be a culprit. The report comes a day after Tim Cook denied Apple ever made a bid for Waze, as had been rumored. Google (GOOG) may or may not be interested ... and in the event that it is, regulators might not be thrilled.

    | May 29, 2013, 10:27 AM | 3 Comments
  • May 24, 2013, 3:16 PM

    There's no bounce today for Facebook (FB -3.5%) whose slide today takes the stock to a new YTD low. The only news of note is Google's (GOOG) rumored entry into the Waze bidding amid reports Waze isn't interested in Facebook's desire to have part of the team move to Silicon Valley. Adding Waze would make Google Maps an even more robust product while keeping Facebook off of its territory.

    | May 24, 2013, 3:16 PM | 7 Comments
  • May 24, 2013, 8:21 AM
    Speculation over Google (GOOG) making a bid for Waze doesn't ring true to TechCrunch with its sources indicating no plans of a Google acquisition of the sat-nav smartphone app are in the works. If anything, TechCrunch ponders if Waze investors aren't trying to leverage more out of talks with Facebook.
    | May 24, 2013, 8:21 AM | 1 Comment
  • Apr. 27, 2013, 1:24 PM
    Google (GOOG) spent $291M on acquisitions and asset purchases in Q1, the company discloses in its latest 10-Q. Among other things, that figure covers Google's $125M purchase of Channel Intelligence from ICE, and its acquisitions of startups DNNResearch and Talaria. The disclosure comes as Google's $12.5B purchase of Motorola Mobility looks more and more questionable, given Motorola's dismal sales and legal setbacks, and the fact Motorola's IP hasn't done much yet to halt Apple's legal war against Android OEMs (even if the market share impact has been limited).
    | Apr. 27, 2013, 1:24 PM | 2 Comments
  • Apr. 16, 2013, 2:50 PM

    Google (GOOG +1.4%) roundup: 1) Google has acquired Behavio, developer of a framework (called Funf) for integrating a wide variety of mobile user data (related to location, movement, communications activities, etc.) and making sense out of it. Google is all about collecting/integrating huge quantities of data, and sometimes also about monetizing it. 2) Google has updated its mobile search offerings, so as to provide faster access to links and relevant information on a small screen. 3) Motorola phones due in 2H will run stock Android, and probably won't feature oversized displays. (Eric Schmidt)

    | Apr. 16, 2013, 2:50 PM
  • Apr. 12, 2013, 10:11 AM
    The DOJ signs off on Arris' (ARRS) $2.35B purchase of Motorola Home from Google (GOOG), paving the way for the acquisition to close around April 17. The deal stands to create a giant in the set-top/cable infrastructure space, and a major rival to Cisco's Scientific-Atlanta unit. (previous)
    | Apr. 12, 2013, 10:11 AM
  • Mar. 16, 2013, 3:21 PM

    Google (GOOG) acquires Talaria, a developer of Web application server software said to offer superior performance and support for more programming languages than alternatives. Talaria will be used by Google's cloud infrastructure unit as it tries to gain ground on dominant Amazon Web Services (AMZN) following a 2012 launch. News of the purchase comes shortly after startup Scalr unveiled benchmarks that showed Google's solutions often have a big performance edge over Amazon's, while admitting (much like Netflix) Amazon's offerings are more comprehensive.

    | Mar. 16, 2013, 3:21 PM
  • Mar. 12, 2013, 6:15 PM

    Google (GOOG) has bought DNNresearch, a startup leveraging neural networks to improve voice/image search. The purchase appears to be an "acqui-hire" - DNNresearch doesn't have any products, but it does have Prof. Geoffrey Hinton, a renowned neural network expert. Google has long had an interest in using neural networks to analyze content not easily handled by traditional search algorithms.

    | Mar. 12, 2013, 6:15 PM
  • Feb. 28, 2013, 4:36 PM

    Facebook (FB) finally makes its long-rumored purchase of Microsoft's (MSFT) Atlas ad-serving/tracking business official. Terms haven't been disclosed, but past reports have suggested the price is below $100M. The purchase strengthens Facebook's efforts to create a platform for serving targeted display ads that can rival Google's (GOOG) DoubleClick.

    | Feb. 28, 2013, 4:36 PM
  • Feb. 6, 2013, 9:23 AM

    Google (GOOG) has acquired Channel Intelligence, a provider of services that enable and track e-commerce activity for online retailers/marketers, from ICG (ICGE) for $125M in cash. Google Shopping services are a big part of CI's offerings. The deal expands Google's arsenal of services for lucrative e-commerce ad buyers, and does so at a time when the company is both trying to navigate a shift in marketing activity from Google Search to Google Shopping, and facing growing competition from Amazon (AMZN). ICGE +6.3%.

    | Feb. 6, 2013, 9:23 AM | 1 Comment
  • Jan. 2, 2013, 4:24 PM
    Apple (AAPL +3.1%) is indeed in talks to buy crowdsourced traffic/navigation app Waze, a source tells TechCrunch's Mike Buctcher. In an update to his original column on the subject, Butcher reports Apple is offering $400M up-front + $100M in incentives, whereas Waze is holding out for $750M. Israeli media has also reported of a ~$500M bid (translation). Buying Waze wouldn't eliminate the huge data edge Google Maps has over Apple Maps, but it would give Apple a unique info source whose value would grow thanks to iOS integration. (earlier)
    | Jan. 2, 2013, 4:24 PM | 4 Comments
  • Dec. 19, 2012, 6:28 PM

    Google (GOOG) is selling Motorola Home for $2.35B ($2.05B in cash + $300M in stock) to Arris (ARRS). The division, which sells set-top boxes, infrastructure gear, and other hardware to pay-TV and broadband providers, had revenue of $3.4B in the 4 quarters ending Sep. 30. Arris, which closed with a market cap of just $1.65B, is halted. The deal will be "significantly accretive" to Arris' EPS and give Google a 15.7% stake in the company, which will probably have to raise a lot of debt to finance the purchase. (previous)

    | Dec. 19, 2012, 6:28 PM | 6 Comments
  • Dec. 19, 2012, 9:23 AM

    Eastman Kodak (EKDKQ.PK) is selling its imaging patent portfolio for $525M to a consortium led by RPX (RPXC) and patent troll Intellectual Ventures. Kodak adds the deal settles existing IP litigation between the parties. The sale figure exceeds the $500M threshold needed for a $793M financing deal to clear. Apple (AAPL) and Google (GOOG) were previously reported to have teamed up for a bid. (PR)

    | Dec. 19, 2012, 9:23 AM