Google acquisitions in 2010
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December 2010 -- Google acquires Phonetic Arts, a company comprised of researchers and engineers working on speech synthesis, including technology that generates natural computer speech from small samples of recorded voice. The company's technology converts lines of recorded dialog into a speech library that can then piece together sounds to generate new sentences that sound realistic.
December 2010 -- Google acquires Widevine, a developer of digital rights management software for Web-connected TVs and other devices that protects video content from unauthorized use. The move is designed to boost Google's online video services. Widevine has raised more than $65 million from investors that include Cisco Systems.
October 2010 -- Google acquires BlindType, Inc., a developer of virtual keyboards. BlindType allows users to type on touch screens without having to look at the screen. The software lets the user type anywhere on a screen.
September 2010 -- Google acquires Plannr/Everything Is The Best, a social media enabling startup with no employees other than founders (former Microsoft employees). Plannr develops mobile social calendar applications that enables groups of people to coordinate their social and other activities by bringing together email, phone calls and geolocation information to support group scheduling.
September 2010 -- Google has acquired Quiksee for approximately $10M, according to the Jerusalem Post. Quiksee develops solutions for creating location-based interactive videos and interactive video mapping technologies based on user-filmed videos. The acquisition will enable Google to use Quiksee's technology in its Street View service. Users will be able to view photographs of streets around the world and enter a hotel, business office without GPS.
August 2010 -- Google Inc. has bought social games start-up SocialDeck Inc., a gaming company that has developed titles for Facebook, as well as Apple's iPhone and Research In Motion's BlackBerry. Google acquired SocialDeck from JLA Ventures, RBC Venture Partners and The Blackberry Partners Fund. Google reportedly has been in discussions with game developers (including Playdom, Playfish and Zynga) to offer their games on a new service Goggle is creating.
August 2010 -- Google Inc.acquired Angstro Inc., a social networking site that provides online business information discovery and sharing services. Financial terms were not disclosed. Angstro's founders, Salim Ismail and Rohit Kohare, will both join Google. Angstro (as in the measuring unit angstrom) attempts to deliver "highly focused, relevant news" across a user's social network, as opposed to providing a scattered array of random search results. This acquisition is another move by Google to attempt to effectively compete with Facebook's offerings.
August 2010 -- Google acquires Like.com, a clothing and consumer goods website from Menlo Ventures, Bay Partners, BlueRun Ventures, Leapfrog Ventures, CrossLink Capital, Inc. and First Round Capital. Fortune Magazine reported that that the transaction is rumored to be worth around $100M. The Like deal, plus other acquisitions that include web travel site ITA, indicate that Google may be moving closer to develping an e-commerce platform.
August 2010 -- Google acquires Jambool Inc. from Vikas Gupta and Reza Hussein. According to TechCrunch sources, the deal value is $55 million with an additional $15-20 M structured as an earnout. Jambool offers a payment API that provides way to enable micropayments in an online game or social network application. The company's currency API offers solutions for developers to establish a virtual currency for real commerce.
August 2010 -- Google acquires Slide, Inc. for a reported $180 million. Slide is a social entertainment company that develops online applications for social networking websites. Slides offers slideshow, image and video personalization, guestbook, and virtual gift applications for social networks such asFacebook, MySpace, and Friendster.
August 2010 -- Google's acquired the Java and Ajax technology and assets from Instantiations, including the company's Eclipse team. Instantiations is a developer of Java and Ajax development tools as well as Smalltalk technology. Instantiations is holding on to (and plans to grow) its Smalltalk side of the company.
July 2010 -- Google acquires Metaweb Technologies, Inc. from Benchmark Capital, DAG Ventures, LLC, Goldman Sachs Group, Millennium Technology Ventures, and Omidyar Network for an undisclosed sum. Metaweb provides Web infrastructure technology for managing data structures for application developers and publishers. The company's platform for content integration enables publishers and developers to intelligently add content from across the Web.
July 2010 -- Google signs a definitive agreement to acquire ITA Software, Inc. for $700 million in cash. ITA offers Internet-based software to the airline industry. The company's products include: 1) QPX, airfare pricing management system for airlines and travel distributors; 1) RES, a passenger reservation management and departure control system. Sellers include Battery Ventures, General Catalyst Partners, PAR Capital Management, Inc., Sequoia Capital and Spectrum Equity Investors. Jeremy Wertheimer, ITA CEO, will lead Google’s ITA unit. Google plans to develop search tools to help users find travel information more easily on the Web, including making it easier for travelers to comparison shop for flights and airfares.
June 2010 -- Google plans to acquire Invite Media, a company that develops and operates a media buying platform which utilizes optimization technology for the display marketplace. The demand side platform is designed to facilitate navigation of high volume display advertising exchanges for buyers. Invite Media will operate as an independent brand and product. In the future, Invite Media's platform will integrate with Google's DoubleClick for Advertisers. Google's acquisition of Invite Media signals Google's interest in demand side platforms and strengthening ties with advertising agencies. Also, the purchase is meant to counter Yahoo's improvements to Right Click, which is also acting as a demand side platform.
May 2010 -- Google hires employees from Ruba, a travel website that allows users to find and share travel destinations. According to TechCrunch, According to TechCrunch, Google did not actually acquire Ruba, but was interested in the company's "human assets." The Ruba team will move to the Google headquarters. Google is moving into the online travel industry. The company linked hotels information to their Maps feature by listing hotels with room rates for some users. Additionally, Google is in talks to acquire ITA Software, a developer of fare searching software used by other travel agencies such as Microsoft's Bing and Kayak.
May 2010 -- Google acquired Simplify Music. Simplify is a software developer that enables users to stream multimedia files including digital music. The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. In March 2010, the company removed the Simplify iPhone Application from the App Store signaling a change over to Google's platform.
May 2010 -- Google announced plans to acquire Global IP Solutions for $68.2 million in cash. Global IP is a developer of real-time voice and video processing software for IP networks. The company provides high definition and super wideband voice.
April 2010 -- YouTube, a subsidiary of Google, acquired Episodic, which provides a platform for delivering online live and on-demand video. The platform enables publishers, marketers, and businesses to stream, analyze, and monetize video content to their audiences through computers, mobile devices, and IPTV devices. Episodic also offers content management and provides an ad server to let customers insert ads. Episodic will continue its work to offer video to computers, mobile devices, and IPTV devices after joining Google. Google is drawing upon its cash hoard of $24.5 billion to pay for its acquisitions. The deal aims at boosting YouTube's analytical and monetization capabilities to enable YouTube to remain competitive in the online video market.
April 2010 -- Google acquired Plink Search, a visual search engine developer. Plink’s first product is PlinkArt, an art recognition application for the Android mobile phone. The application focuses on identifying artwork through photographs submitted by users. The application will remain on the Android application market, but will not be updated further. Plink’s founders, Mark Cummins and James Philbin, will both join Google to work on Google Goggles, a search application for mobile phones which resembles some of the functionality of PlinkArt.
April 2010 -- Google acquired Agnilux, a a stealth chip design company founded by former employees of PA Semiconductor. (PA was acquired by Apple to reportedly build custom chips for iPod, iPhone, and other mobile devices.)
April 2010 -- Google Israel Ltd. acquired LabPixies for $25 million dollars. LabPixies publishes web and mobile applications such as personalized gadgets including calendars, to do lists, news feeds, games, and entertainment. The company was one of the first gadget creators for iGoogle in 2005. LabPixies specializes in cloud-based applications development and enables developers to create applications for iGoogle users.
April 2010 -- Google acquired BumpTop, a company specializing in 3D desktop computer software. Bump technologies enables users to turn a Windows and Mac style desktops into a 3D interface in which files, photos, and documents can be stacked and sorted similar to folders and books on a physical desktop.
March 2010 -- Google acquires Picnik, an online photo editing and sharing service across platforms such as Facebook, Photobucket, Flickr, and Picassa.
March 2010 -- Google acquired DocVerse, an online document and collaboration tool. Google will leverage DocVerse’s technology to improve interoperations between Microsoft Office products and Google Apps, making it easier for Microsoft users to transition to cloud computing on the Google Apps platform. Unnamed sources price the deal at 25 million dollars.
February 2010 -- Google acquires Aardvark, a social search solution that allows users to ask questions and find information from people in their network through instant messaging and email. TechCrunch reported Google acquired Aardvark for $50 million dollars. The deal represents Google’s aim to become more social and compete with social networks such as Facebook and Twitter.
February 2010 -- Google acquires Nextmail (also referred to as reMail). Nextmail develops an email search application for the iPhone. The CEO of Nextmail Corp, who is a former Google intern, will rejoin Google as a product manager in the Gmail team. The deal provides Google with the opportunity to utilize Netmail's technology in order to advance its web-based Gmail application or build Gmail applications for smartphones such as the Android and iPhone.
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