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  • 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.
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  • 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. 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.
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  • 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. 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. 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)
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  • 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.
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  • 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)
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  • 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. 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. 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.
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  • 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.
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  • Sep. 19, 2011, 8:48 AM
    Though a new round of bids should arrive next week, Hulu's sale is reportedly in jeopardy, thanks to differences over the video site's selling price and content rights, as well as rumored bidder Yahoo's (YHOO) ongoing turmoil. Other parties believed to be courting Hulu include GOOG, AMZN, DTV, and DISH.
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  • Sep. 15, 2011, 1:12 PM
    BI's talks with mobile industry execs find most think Google (GGOG) acquired Motorola (MMI) solely for its patent portfolio, and will ditch its hardware business in spite of claims to the contrary. Still, some think Larry Page won't be able to resist the urge to compete head-on with Apple (AAPL), even if it risks alienating partners.
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  • Sep. 14, 2011, 7:19 AM
    Google (GOOG) originally offered $30 a share to purchase Motorola Mobility (MMI) and its patent portfolio - before raising its offer twice to close the deal at $40, according to a filing with the SEC.
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  • Sep. 13, 2011, 11:25 AM
    It's easy to come up with reasons why Facebook should not buy Yahoo (YHOO), but the social networking giant “has the ingredients to make Yahoo succeed, starting with a clear mission,” Rob Cox writes. Yahoo’s relatively robust display ad platform might appeal to Facebook, which is still building out capacity to sell such ads. They also share a partner (MSFT) and a nemesis (GOOG).
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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.