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  • Oct. 1, 2012, 5:20 PM

    Google (GOOG) is close to acquiring face-recognition technology developer Viewdle for a price "toward the high end" of a $30M-$45M range, a source tells CNET. Viewdle would give Google a means of providing a face-recognition solution for its Android apps, Google+, Picasa, and wherever else it's useful. News of the deal comes a few months after Facebook bought Viewdle rival Face.com.

    | Oct. 1, 2012, 5:20 PM | 2 Comments
  • Sep. 24, 2012, 6:41 PM

    Now that Verizon has joined AT&T and Dish Network in giving TiVo (TIVO) a hefty patent payoff, the odds of the company's remaining legal adversaries - set-top box giants Motorola Mobility and Cisco, along with Time Warner Cable - winning favorable rulings are pretty slim, argues Janney's Tony Wible. Wible considers the settlement odds for these cases to be lower due to their higher stakes (a combined $1B-$2B), but thinks TiVo's IP could make it an M&A target.

    | Sep. 24, 2012, 6:41 PM
  • Sep. 17, 2012, 12:15 PM

    Google (GOOG) has responded to Facebook/Instagram by acquiring Nik Software. Nik is best known for developing Snapseed, a $4.99 iOS photo-editing app that has won rave reviews. Though sporting a relatively steep price tag (Instagram is free) and still lacking an Android version (said to be in development), Snapseed surpassed 9M customers (.pdf) in June. Google plans to integrate Snapseed with Google+, whose success depends on how you define a "user."

    | Sep. 17, 2012, 12:15 PM
  • Sep. 7, 2012, 2:50 PM

    Google (GOOG) has acquired VirusTotal, provider of a security service that analyzes downloads and URLs for signs of malware, for an undisclosed sum. VirusTotal will continue to operate independently, though future integration with Google apps and services such as Chrome and Gmail seems likely. Google isn't a stranger to buying security startups.

    | Sep. 7, 2012, 2:50 PM | 1 Comment
  • Aug. 29, 2012, 2:03 PM

    Google (GOOG) has hired Barclays to find a buyer for Motorola Mobility's cable hardware unit, two sources tell Bloomberg. One source thinks the business, which provides set-top boxes and cable infrastructure gear, could fetch ~$2B. Others have already reported Google is thinking of selling the unit, due to pay-TV industry angst over buying from the company that runs YouTube, Google TV, and Google Fiber. (Motorola layoffs)

    | Aug. 29, 2012, 2:03 PM | 4 Comments
  • Aug. 14, 2012, 1:43 PM

    Google's (GOOG) purchase of Frommer's reflects the search giant's recent tendency to acquire and develop the mobile/local solutions it needs, rather than rely on third parties, notes Larry Dignan. Whereas Apple (AAPL) has partnerships with Yelp, Facebook, and others, Google has proprietary offerings such as Zagat, Frommer's, Google+, and Google Wallet. Ryan Kim sees the acquisition as evidence local and travel content are converging - something that may work to the detriment of YELP and TRIP.

    | Aug. 14, 2012, 1:43 PM | 3 Comments
  • Aug. 13, 2012, 12:14 PM

    Google (GOOG) is buying travel guide publisher Frommer's from John Wiley & Sons for an undisclosed sum. Google hasn't decided whether to continue publishing Frommer's titles in print. Together with its purchases of ITA Software and Zagat, the deal underscores Google's ambitions to be a major player in online travel content/services, with the help of Google Maps and other local offerings. Frommer's and Zagat also lend themselves well to Google's efforts to improve mobile monetization via local ads. (TRIP/OWW impact)

    | Aug. 13, 2012, 12:14 PM | 2 Comments
  • Aug. 6, 2012, 1:47 PM

    Google (GOOG) is expected to put Motorola Mobility's cable unit (set-top boxes + infrastructure gear) on sale as early as this fall, sources tell Light Reading. This is in-line with a March NY Post report. Many have expected Google to sell the cable division, given the discomfort pay-TV providers feel about buying hardware from the owner of YouTube and Google TV. One source adds Google will probably hold onto the division's patents.

    | Aug. 6, 2012, 1:47 PM | 1 Comment
  • Aug. 1, 2012, 12:35 PM

    Google (GOOG) paid ~$400M to buy social media ad services firm Wildfire, sources tell CNNMoney. That's well above the $250M price reported yesterday. Jim Edwards notes the deal gives Google a means of keeping tabs on Facebook's (FB) ad plans (that is, assuming Facebook and Wildfire stay on friendly terms), and helps Google's AdSense better compete with Facebook's ad bidding platform. TechCrunch wonders if Wildfire partner/social ad network owner Adaptly will be Google's next target.

    | Aug. 1, 2012, 12:35 PM
  • Jul. 31, 2012, 4:53 PM

    Google (GOOG) has acquired Wildfire, a provider of solutions that help advertisers manage social media activity. The price tag is reportedly around $250M. Oracle and Salesforce.com have also bought startups in this space, evidence tech companies are bullish on Facebook (FB) ad spending even if Wall Street still has doubts. Google's purchase allows its growing display ad unit to cross-sell social media ads. Constant Contact (CTCT -5.3%), another player in this market, fell sharply.

    | Jul. 31, 2012, 4:53 PM | 1 Comment
  • Jul. 20, 2012, 1:20 PM

    Some post-earnings Google (GOOG +2.9%) news: 1) Google has bought Sparrow, developer of popular Mac and iOS e-mail apps that sport a Twitter-like interface. Time's Harry McCracken worries Sparrow will soon be discontinued. 2) The EU reportedly wants Google to offer concessions that cover both PCs and mobile devices, as part of any settlement of its antitrust probe. Update: The Verge reports Google paid less than $25M for Sparrow, and wants to use it to improve Gmail's polish and ease-of-use. (more on GOOG)

    | Jul. 20, 2012, 1:20 PM
  • Jul. 17, 2012, 9:37 AM

    Autodesk (ADSK +0.8%) is acquiring Socialcam, developer of a popular mobile video-sharing app, for $60M. Socialcam, which has seen over 16M downloads and competes with YouTube (GOOG), Facebook (FB), and Viddy, is an unconventional purchase for the CAD software leader. However, Autodesk's SketchBook mobile apps have gained a following, and the company did buy photo editing service Pixir in 2011. Socialcam's traffic has been slumping lately. (more)

    | Jul. 17, 2012, 9:37 AM
  • Jul. 3, 2012, 9:32 AM
    Google (GOOG) reportedly submitted a term sheet for Yahoo's (YHOO) ad tech business 3 months ago. It's added the offer didn't make it past corporate development, though talks remain ongoing. Multiple rumors have indicated Yahoo is looking to sell/outsource its ad tech business, and the media-focused Ross Levinsohn isn't expected to abandon this goal. IT services giants IBM and Accenture (ACN) have also been named as potential buyers.
    | Jul. 3, 2012, 9:32 AM
  • Jul. 2, 2012, 2:38 PM

    Amazon (AMZN) has acquired UpNext, developer of a mapping solution that blends 3D models of cities with extensive point-of-interest data, for an undisclosed sum. UpNext has released iOS and Android apps, and stands to address Amazon's need for built-in mapping software for the Kindle Fire, and perhaps a future smartphone. Consider this another headache for Google Maps (GOOG) and its valuable mobile ad real estate, following the recent loss of Apple's support.

    | Jul. 2, 2012, 2:38 PM
  • Jun. 24, 2012, 4:51 PM
    Research In Motion (RIMM) might hawk its BlackBerry business to Amazon (AMZN) or Facebook (FB); sell or open up its messaging systems to Apple (AAPL) or Google (GOOG); or keep the company whole and sell a large stake to Microsoft (MSFT), Sunday Times says ($$). For now, keep an eye on Q1 earnings this week.
    | Jun. 24, 2012, 4:51 PM | 128 Comments
  • Jun. 6, 2012, 12:51 PM

    The selloff in Facebook and other social networking names has led Twitter's valuation to fall 15% on private markets. This leads Nicholas Carlson to speculate Twitter, which was valued at $8B in a funding round, will now be more open to selling to Google (GOOG) - a source recently hinted Twitter was open to a deal. Also: co-founder Jack Dorsey is now reportedly spending less time at Twitter than at Square, and CEO Dick Costolo has already sold a startup (FeedBurner) to Google.

    | Jun. 6, 2012, 12:51 PM
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Alphabet, Inc. is a newly founded holding company for the Google group of businesses. Under the new operating structure, its main Google business will include search, ads, maps, apps, YouTube and Android and the related technical infrastructure (the 'Google business'). Businesses such as Calico,... More
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