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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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)
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  • 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)
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • Jun. 5, 2012, 12:54 PM
    Google (GOOG) follows up on its acquisitions of Meebo and KikScore by acquiring Quickoffice, maker of a popular productivity suite for iOS and Android devices. Assuming Google bundles Quickoffice with Android, the acquisition could bolster Android's standing in the enterprise market, where the iPhone (AAPL) is faring better. The deal comes ahead of the expected November launch of iPad and Android versions of Microsoft Office (MSFT).
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  • Jun. 4, 2012, 4:20 PM
    Google (GOOG) is acquiring Meebo, a developer of toolbars used by web publishers to push content to readers and embed messaging/social networking features. Meebo's toolbars could conceivably be used to push Google+ and other Google services, and perhaps also AdSense ads.
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  • Jun. 4, 2012, 9:12 AM
    Google (GOOG) has acquired the assets and customers of KikScore, developer of an algorithm that seeks to measure the trustworthiness of a business. KikScore will be shutting down, and its product will be merged with Google's Trusted Store Program, which seeks to provide "seals of approval" to online merchants. The move comes as Google reportedly plans to start charging for preferential placement within its product search engine results.
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  • May. 30, 2012, 11:38 AM
    Google (GOOG) regrets not buying Twitter before its valuation surged to $8B, a source tells BI, and the company still believes it's the only one capable of effectively monetizing the microblogging service. A source close to Twitter claims the company's IPO plans haven't progressed far (the performance of recent offerings may be giving the company pause), and hints Twitter, which has struck a search deal with Bing (MSFT), is still open to an offer from Google. (previous)
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  • May. 29, 2012, 6:31 PM
    Salesforce.com (CRM) has agreed to acquire Buddy Media, a provider of social media marketing software/services, for more than $800M, Peter Kafka reports, while adding Salesforce beat out a Google (GOOG) offer in the process. The news comes six months after Salesforce rolled out its Social Marketing Cloud product, the result of its $326M acquisition of Radian6, and comes a week after Bazaarvoice (BV) and Oracle struck deals (I, II) to acquire companies in the space.
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  • May. 29, 2012, 8:52 AM
    If Facebook (FB) is serious about buying Opera Software, it may have to pony up over $1B, analysts reckon, as competition from Google (GOOG) and others could lead to an auction. The speculation has sent Opera's shares surging 20% on the Oslo stock exchange, giving it a market cap of 4.9B Norwegian krones ($816M).
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  • May. 25, 2012, 9:15 AM
    H-P's (HPQ) webOS team, its fate in limbo since the company ended hardware development for the platform, is being acquired by Google (GOOG), The Verge reports. Possible reasons for Google's interest: the ability to use elements of webOS' UI in Android; the commercialization of the Enyo app development platform; and the fact Android design chief Matias Duarte previously worked on webOS. Chances are Google paid a lot less than H-P's prior asking price of $1.2B. (HPQ layoffs)
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  • May. 22, 2012, 11:03 AM
    Now that the merger is official, Bloomberg BusinessWeek has published a lengthy piece on Google's (GOOG) plans for Motorola (MMI), and the background of new Motorola chief Dennis Woodside. Woodside promises not to ask for special treatment from the Android unit, but wants to use Google's resources towards goals such as improving battery life and camera image quality. It's added Google will be creating a new Motorola R&D lab focused on advanced technology projects.
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Google Inc is a web search and online advertising company. The Company offers search, online advertising, operating systems and platforms, enterprise and hardware products.