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  • Dec. 11, 2012, 6:14 PM
    Google (GOOG) isn't thinking of making another bid for Groupon (GRPN), "sources close to Google" tell AllThingsD - Groupon shares soared on Friday due to rumors about a Google bid. eBay (EBAY) is also said to be uninterested. As you'd expect, CEO Andrew Mason refused to comment on the rumors at a conference today. A recent Bloomberg column made note of the Street's skepticism about a bid arriving.
    | Dec. 11, 2012, 6:14 PM | 1 Comment
  • Dec. 10, 2012, 2:08 AM

    Cable infrastructure vendor Arris (ARRS) and U.K. set-top box maker Pace have "made the most compelling bids" for Motorola Mobility's (GOOG) set-top/cable infra unit, Bloomberg reports. A complex financing structure in which Google maintains equity and patents might prevent a deal from closing this year. P-E firms are said to be uninterested in the unit, which has to contend with an industry shift towards cloud-based apps, and potentially costly litigation with TiVo. Cisco's (CSCO) cable unit could benefit from any turmoil related to the sale. (previous)

    | Dec. 10, 2012, 2:08 AM
  • Dec. 8, 2012, 12:14 AM
    Apple (AAPL) and Google (GOOG) have teamed up for the reported $500M-plus bid for bankrupt Kodak's (EKDKQ.PK) patents, Bloomberg reports. The two companies - part of rival consortia this summer in an auction for the patents - are likely working together with a goal of neutralizing infringement lawsuits.
    | Dec. 8, 2012, 12:14 AM | 26 Comments
  • Dec. 7, 2012, 4:16 PM

    Groupon (GRPN +22.8%) ended up staging a monumental rally/short-squeeze today, and it looks as if Google (GOOG) acquisition rumors were the trigger. Google famously made a $6B offer for Groupon a year before it went public; even after today's move, the company is presently worth just $3.1B. But Groupon's prospects aren't looking as rosy as they used to. Volume was nearly 3x the daily average. (previous)

    | Dec. 7, 2012, 4:16 PM | 7 Comments
  • Dec. 6, 2012, 12:36 PM

    Facebook (FB -0.9%) is in talks to acquire Microsoft's (MSFT -0.1%) Atlas ad-serving/measurement platform, sources tell Kara Swisher. Facebook reportedly thinks Atlas could help its efforts to build a display ad network rivaling Google's DoubleClick. The company has already announced a mobile ad network and has seen good early uptake for its Facebook Exchange ad re-targeting platform, as it tries to monetize its 1B+ users and mountains of data both on and off its site and apps. (previous)

    | Dec. 6, 2012, 12:36 PM | 4 Comments
  • Dec. 4, 2012, 1:24 PM

    In a move that looks squarely aimed at Google+'s Hangouts, Yahoo (YHOO) has acquired OntheAir, a startup whose apps enable group video chats, as well as individual or split-screen webcasts. Expect OntheAir's products to be integrated with Yahoo Messenger, and also find their way onto Yahoo's site. Much like Stamped, OntheAir seems to fit with Marissa Mayer's efforts to focus on small acquisitions that bring in needed talent.

    | Dec. 4, 2012, 1:24 PM
  • Nov. 28, 2012, 5:12 PM

    Google (GOOG) roundup: 1) Google has acquired Incentive Targeting, provider of a self-service platform for delivering targeted online coupons. Look for its services to be integrated with Google Offers, and perhaps also Google Shopping. 2) Italian regulators are probing whether Google is evading taxes by transferring local profits to an Irish subsidiary. Amazon can sympathize. 3) Google is in a war of words with German lawmakers over a proposed law that would allow publishers to charge search engines for listing newspaper articles.

    | Nov. 28, 2012, 5:12 PM
  • Nov. 26, 2012, 11:37 AM

    Google (GOOG) hasn't acquired Wi-Fi infrastructure provider ICOA, sources within the company tell Arik Hesseldahl. The denial comes after a PR announcing the purchase hit the wires this morning. Update: ICOA's CEO is now denying the acquisition PR as well. Expect the SEC to investigate this.

    | Nov. 26, 2012, 11:37 AM
  • Nov. 26, 2012, 10:05 AM

    Google (GOOG) is buying ICOA, a top provider of Wi-Fi infrastructure services for U.S. ISPs and venue owners, for $400M. ICOA is the latest evidence of Google's growing service provider ambitions: the company is already partnering with Boingo (WIFI) to offer ad-supported Wi-Fi to Android users at thousands of U.S. hotspots, and has begun offering fiber Internet and TV services in Kansas City. Look for Google to push ad-supported services to ICOA's extensive network of "high-traffic public locations." Update: Google and ICOA deny the acquisition occurred. The PR announcing the deal was a hoax.

    | Nov. 26, 2012, 10:05 AM
  • Nov. 19, 2012, 4:52 AM

    Dish (DISH) Chairman Charlie Ergen says his attempt to enter the cellular industry appears to be "increasingly risky." Dish owns billions of dollars of spectrum - much of which is designated for satellite use - reportedly made a failed $4B for MetroPCS, and is apparently in talks with Google (GOOG) about a 4G network. The FCC will probably allow Dish to use some of its satellite spectrum for a ground-based cellular network, but with restrictions that could harm the quality.

    | Nov. 19, 2012, 4:52 AM
  • 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

    | 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