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  • 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
  • Dec. 2, 2011, 10:20 AM

    U.S. Justice Department staff attorneys have recommended antitrust approval of Google’s (GOOG +1.1%) $400M acquisition of AdMeld, sources tell Bloomberg. The staff urged approval after a detailed analysis reportedly found AdMeld’s competitors in online display advertising were strong enough to offer companies alternative ways to advertise.

    | Dec. 2, 2011, 10:20 AM | 1 Comment
  • Nov. 28, 2011, 4:13 PM

    Peter Kafka's sources claim the DOJ will sign off on Google's (GOOG +4.5%) $400M acquisition of AdMeld, a developer of technology for optimizing a publisher's online ad rates. The AdMeld purchase will bolster Google's efforts to be a dominant player in the display ad market, which is expected to outgrow the search ad market this year.

    | Nov. 28, 2011, 4:13 PM
  • Nov. 11, 2011, 1:35 PM

    Google (GOOG) continues its acquisition spree, snapping up startups Katango and Apture for undisclosed sums. Katango provides tools for automatically grouping a user's social networking contacts (potentially useful for Google+), while Apture develops browser plug-ins that allow search results to be pulled up without opening a new tab (already useful for Chrome).

    | Nov. 11, 2011, 1:35 PM
  • Nov. 9, 2011, 1:55 PM

    Amazon (AMZN) has acquired Yap, a privately-owned developer of voice recognition software for mobile devices. Expect Yap's technology to turn up on a Kindle Fire at some point, as Amazon attempts to provide an alternative to Apple's (AAPL) Siri and Google's (GOOG) Android Voice Search app.

    | Nov. 9, 2011, 1:55 PM
  • Nov. 1, 2011, 4:58 PM
    To chief executives hoping for a richer-than-usual payout, one piece of advice: Sell your company. Five corporate chiefs stand to receive payments of at least $30M as a result of an acquisition, WSJ reports, noting that Motorola Mobility (MMI) head Sanjay Jha tops the list with a potential $65.7M payment.
    | Nov. 1, 2011, 4:58 PM
  • Oct. 30, 2011, 11:22 AM
    Apple (AAPL) has acquired C3 Technology, a developer of detailed 3D maps. The deal, along with Apple's purchases of mapping startups Placebase (2009) and Poly9 (2010), is a sign Apple is looking to eventually end its use of Google Maps (GOOG) as the default mapping solution for iOS hardware, in favor of a home-grown offering.
    | Oct. 30, 2011, 11:22 AM | 6 Comments
  • Oct. 27, 2011, 12:15 PM
    With 57 completed deals under its belt this year with two months to go, Google (GOOG) has already smashed its 2010 record of 48 acquisitions. The $1.4B tally includes its $151M purchase of Zagat, $114M for Daily Deals, and $676M for travel software firm ITA. Its $12.5B deal for Motorola Mobility (MMI) has not yet been completed.
    | Oct. 27, 2011, 12:15 PM
  • Oct. 24, 2011, 11:58 AM
    There are good reasons why Apple (AAPL +2.9%) may not make a play for Nuance (NUAN +2.6%): Apple doesn't make $8B acquisitions, and Nuance is in areas such as medical transcriptions that Apple doesn't want. But Mike Dawson thinks they'd be crazy not to try, since it could be worth it just to keep the speech recognition technology away from Google (GOOG) and Microsoft (MSFT).
    | Oct. 24, 2011, 11:58 AM | 6 Comments
  • Oct. 22, 2011, 2:55 PM

    Sources say Google (GOOG) is in early-stage talks with private-equity firms about financing a bid for Yahoo's (YHOO) core business. It's unclear why Google would want to back such a deal; perhaps a back-door to Yahoo's websites would subject Google to less scrutiny than an outright buy?

    | Oct. 22, 2011, 2:55 PM | 9 Comments
  • Oct. 13, 2011, 8:24 PM
    The sale is off, say the content-focused owners of video hub Hulu - including NWS, DIS and CMCSA - because of its "unique and compelling strategic value" to each of them. Most bids from the likes of AMZN, DISH and GOOG didn't exceed the $2B owners thought they could get in an IPO last year, and new efforts like the $7.99/month Hulu Plus have them thinking there's value ahead. (previously on Hulu)
    | Oct. 13, 2011, 8:24 PM | 1 Comment
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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
Sector: Technology
Industry: Internet Information Providers
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