In spite of Larry Page's interest in focusing on a smaller number of projects, Google (GOOG)...

|By:, SA News Editor

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.