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  • Mar. 6, 2012, 9:22 AM

    After buying 79 companies last year, Google (GOOG) hasn't acquired a single firm so far this year. Sources claim the lack of deals is due to Larry Page's efforts to streamline Google's product portfolio, and reorganize the company into 7 divisions. Each acquisition, it's said, has to be vouched for by one of the division heads.

    | Mar. 6, 2012, 9:22 AM
  • Feb. 27, 2012, 2:02 PM

    Dropbox, fresh off a $250M funding round at a $4B valuation, has acquired Cove, a startup working on a web collaboration product. Cove's software, developed by ex-Facebook engineers, could leave Dropbox better-positioned to deal with expected competition from a Google (GOOG) cloud storage service - especially since Google Apps has long been praised for its collaboration features.

    | Feb. 27, 2012, 2:02 PM
  • Feb. 16, 2012, 4:40 AM
    China's Anti-Monopoly Bureau is reviewing Google's (GOOG) $12.5B acquisition of Motorola (MMI) and has until March 20 to make a decision or begin a third phase. While the review is supposedly routine, Beijing consultant Edward Yu says the sides could use it to work out how Google could fully return to doing business in China.
    | Feb. 16, 2012, 4:40 AM | 1 Comment
  • Feb. 13, 2012, 2:43 PM

    With slow-growing Motorola Mobility (MMI) on board (previously), Barclays thinks Google's (GOOG) 2012 and 2013 revenue growth will fall by 700 bps and 400 bps, respectively. It also see Google's EBITDA margin taking a 1430 bps hit in 2012 to 40.9%. Google shares fell in early January after Motorola's Q4 warning ignited fears that the latter's struggling phone division will eat into the former's profits.

    | Feb. 13, 2012, 2:43 PM
  • Feb. 13, 2012, 1:18 PM

    Motorola Mobility (MMI +0.5%) edges closer to Google's (GOOG) $40/share buyout price after DealReporter claims the European Commission will give its approval to the merger. The WSJ reported last week that the DOJ would soon give its blessing to the deal.

    | Feb. 13, 2012, 1:18 PM | 1 Comment
  • Feb. 8, 2012, 6:56 PM

    The DOJ may clear Google's (GOOG) acquisition of Motorola Mobility (MMI) as early as next week, claims the WSJ. However, it's added U.S. and Euro regulators remain concerned about Google's willingness to fairly license Motorola's patents, which it likely hopes to use to support Android licensees in their legal disputes with Apple, Microsoft, and others. The European Commission will decide by Monday whether to approve the deal.

    | Feb. 8, 2012, 6:56 PM
  • Feb. 6, 2012, 8:39 AM

    TiVo (TIVO) +6% premarket on a Barron’s weekend report that says the provider of digital-video recorders could be targeted for acquisition by Microsoft (MSFT) or Google (GOOG). Software patent victories and advanced hardware also have made shares attractive again, the article says.

    | Feb. 6, 2012, 8:39 AM
  • Jan. 27, 2012, 9:41 AM

    In spite of Larry Page's interest in focusing on a smaller number of projects, Google (GOOG) spent nearly $2B on 79 acquisitions in 2011, according to its 10-K. That figure is up sharply from the ~$1B Google spent on 48 acquisitions in 2010. The largest of the 2011 deals was Google's controversial $676M purchase of travel information provider ITA Software. Its $12.5B purchase of MMI is still pending.

    | Jan. 27, 2012, 9:41 AM
  • Jan. 19, 2012, 12:22 PM

    EU regulators set Feb. 13 as their deadline for ruling on whether to approve Google's (GOOG) acquisition of Motorola (MMI) after the search giant presents new documents to strengthen its case.

    | Jan. 19, 2012, 12:22 PM
  • Jan. 9, 2012, 11:05 AM

    "The ultimate strategic buyout," writes Ari Kuchinsky of a possible Google (GOOG) purchase of Twitter. The move would fill the "real-time search" hole in Google's ownership of search. Twitter owns real-time search, but could solve its monetization questions by partnering with Google. The price - far higher than $10B - will sound expensive, but, like YouTube, will be a great deal for Google.

    | Jan. 9, 2012, 11:05 AM | 2 Comments
  • Jan. 6, 2012, 5:30 PM

    More on Motorola Mobility's (MMI) Q4 warning: Though the company is still set to merge with Google (GOOG), shares are down 0.7% AH, as investors decide the warning is bad enough to add a bit of uncertainty to the deal and/or its terms. The results contrast sharply with Samsung's report of strong Q4 smartphone shipments, and suggest Motorola, like HTC, is struggling to compete with Samsung and Apple (AAPL) on the high-end.

    | Jan. 6, 2012, 5:30 PM | 1 Comment
  • Jan. 6, 2012, 11:13 AM

    One of Michael Humphrey's five reasons Google (GOOG) should buy Nook (BKS): "If Google, whose OS powers the current Nook, were to enter the hardware sector, why not do it with a machine that has already proven itself?" But if you believed Google "has no idea" how to run a global hardware business when it announced its deal with Motorola, wouldn't that still apply today?

    | Jan. 6, 2012, 11:13 AM
  • Dec. 22, 2011, 1:27 PM

    Ahead of its pending acquisition by Google (GOOG), Motorola Mobility (MMI) is acquiring SetJam, a developer of customizable widgets for embedding online video content into websites. SetJam's offerings could conceivably be integrated with Motorola's set-top boxes, or with Google TV.

    | Dec. 22, 2011, 1:27 PM | 15 Comments
  • Dec. 14, 2011, 1:17 PM

    InterDigital (IDCC +6%), which had 14.8% of its float shorted as of Nov. 30, is up on a down day, thanks to renewed speculation about Google (GOOG) being interested in buying the 3G/4G patent holder (in spite of its pending acquisition of MMI). Nonetheless, InterDigital shares remain off sharply from their summer highs.

    | Dec. 14, 2011, 1:17 PM | 1 Comment
  • Dec. 12, 2011, 8:47 AM

    Monster Worldwide (MWW) has long been seen as a buyout candidate. But with shares down 66% YTD thanks to weak employment data and growing competition from LinkedIn (LNKD), the company is now especially enticing to some P-E firms, claims Bloomberg Businessweek. Some think a "strategic buyer" such as Google (GOOG) or a newspaper owner may also be interested.

    | Dec. 12, 2011, 8:47 AM
  • Dec. 5, 2011, 3:28 PM

    Dealogic tags Swisher Hygiene (SWSH) the most acquisitive U.S. public company, at 43 acquisitions so far this year with an announced deal value of $220M. Swisher may be a surprise, but the list of busy dealmakers includes some of the expected M&A suspects; following SWSH in the top eight: GOOG, INTC, GE, AJG, UTX, BRO, BX.

    | Dec. 5, 2011, 3:28 PM