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  • 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
  • Oct. 13, 2011, 7:10 AM
    Bloomberg reports 2 sources as saying rumors about a Google (GOOG) takeover of Akamai (AKAM) are baseless. Akamai leads American industry in buyout speculation, being named as a target 21 times since 2005. Up as much as 17% in AH trading last night, shares are +3.7% premarket.
    | Oct. 13, 2011, 7:10 AM
  • Oct. 12, 2011, 4:26 PM

    Akamai (AKAM) soars 12.1% AH after BI claims multiple sources believe Google (GOOG) is about to acquire the company. BI thinks an acquisition could be a smart move given Akamai's valuation, and its "trove of valuable data" on web users. One could also add the ability of Akamai's massive network to improve the performance of Google services. (previously)

    | Oct. 12, 2011, 4:26 PM
  • Oct. 10, 2011, 4:52 AM

    Yahoo (YHOO) has withdrawn from the auction to buy Hulu as it focuses on its own problems, the WSJ reports. Those still in the running comprise Dish (DISH), Amazon (AMZN) and Google (GOOG), with the latter offering over $2B. However, Hulu's owners still may decide not to sell.

    | Oct. 10, 2011, 4:52 AM | 2 Comments
  • Oct. 7, 2011, 2:34 PM

    Research In Motion (RIMM) is acquiring NewBay, a provider of "white label" content tools for wireless carriers, for a reported price of $100M. The deal could give a needed boost to RIM's services offerings relative to AAPL, GOOG, and MSFT, and strengthen its ties with carriers, some of whom are remaining loyal to RIM out of a desire for a "third ecosystem." (earlier)

    | Oct. 7, 2011, 2:34 PM | 4 Comments
  • Oct. 5, 2011, 2:22 PM

    Google's (GOOG) $700M purchase of ITA Software is cleared by a federal judge after the search giant promises to make ITA's travel data available to rival search engines, among other concessions. MSFT, EXPE, and popular travel search engine Kayak had opposed the deal, which was approved by the DOJ in April.

    | Oct. 5, 2011, 2:22 PM
  • Sep. 27, 2011, 8:29 AM
    According to BI's sources, Dish Network (DISH) made the highest offer for Hulu during the first round of bidding for the company, at $1.9B. Google (GOOG), however, made an informal offer of $4B in exchange for more lucrative content licensing rights. Hulu's owners are reportedly now on the fence about selling the video site.
    | Sep. 27, 2011, 8:29 AM | 1 Comment
Company Description
Alphabet Inc through its subsidiary Google Inc is engaged in improving the ways people connect with information & products including Search, Android, YouTube, Apps, Maps & Ads. It also produces internet-connected home devices & provides internet services.