Google acquisitions in 2011
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December 2011 -- Google buys RightsFlow, a company that tracks and processes royalty payments to songwriters and music publishers. The acquisition gives YouTube technology to help manage its relationship with the fragmented music publishing industry.
March 2011 -- Google acquires Zynamics, which builds reverse engineering tools for offensive and defensive security that help find and prevent security vulnerabilities and issues within software applications.
December 2011 -- Google purchases Clever Sense, a maker of mobile apps for personalized recommendations for nearby restaurants and other venues using artificial intelligence and machine-learning algorithms.
November 2011 -- Google buys Apture, which provides instantaneous search to content on the web. Apture Highlights allows you to highlight any word or phrase on a page and instantly bring up search results in a window.
November 2011 -- Google acquires Katango, which develops technology to analyze friend lists to generate related people so that users could better segment their social networks. The Katango team will be working with Google+.
October 2011 -- Google acquires SocialGrapple, a provider of visual insights, interactive charts, and email reports from social data on Twitter. The deal is viewed as a move to beef up social analytics on Google+.
September 2011 -- Google acquires Zave Networks from KB Partners, Mariner Capital Ventures, October Capital, OPENAIR Equity Partners, Thorndale Farm, Wichita Technology Ventures, and other shareholders. Zave operates an online incentive program platform for the exchange of non-cash values across retail verticals. The company’s platform supports in-store redemption of offers distributed via digital media.
September 2011 -- Google buys DailyDeal for a reported $114 million. The company.offers daily coupon promotion deals in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. The company is a Groupon clone. In February 2013, the founders of DailyDeal bought back their company from Google. Google was apparently getting ready to shut down the company down
September 2011 -- Google acquired Zagat Survey, LLC from General Atlantic LLC, Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield & Byers and Allen & Company Inc., Investment Arm for approximately $150 million in cash. Zagat publishes reviews for restaurants worldwide. In acquiring Zagat, Google is supporting its move into the rapidly growing local commerce market. The deal underscores Google's local and mobile initiatives. Zagat is a significant add-on to Google Places and will help it compete with companies like Yelp in popular searches for restaurants and hotels.
August 2011 -- Google acquireds The Dealmap from Center'd, Corporation. Dealmap collects data from about 450 sources and organizes deals by location, on its Web site and its smartphone application. The Dealmap team will join Google’s commerce and local initiatives group.
August 2011 -- Google announced an agreement to acquire Motorola Mobility for $40 per share in cash, or a total of about $12.5 billion, at a premium of 63% over the previous closing price of Motorola Mobility shares. Motorola’s product portfolio includes converged mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets, wireless accessories, end-to-end video and data delivery, and management solutions, including set-tops and data-access devices.
July 2011 -- Google acquires Fridge, which provides an online services where a user can share photos, videos, instant messages, and events with friends. Fridge is a Y-Combinator startup that had raised $800,000.
July 2011 -- Google acquires Punchd Labs, a provider of offers advertising services. The company develops and offers digital versions of loyalty cards on customer's mobile phone.
June 2011 -- Google buys SageTV, which develops digital entertainment and placeshifting solutions. It allows users to create and operate media centers from an existing PC.
June 2011 -- Google acquires PostRank, which offers RSS filtering solutions focusing on personal productivity tools that help people deal with information overload. PostRank filters incoming RSS feeds based on social engagement metrics, such as comments, bookmarks, and trackbacks.PostRank helps measure how far content, like tweets and Facebook updates, have spread across the web.
June 2011 -- Google announced an agreement to acquire AdMeld Inc. from the Foundry Group, Spark Capital, Norwest Venture Partners, the US based venture capital firms and Time Warner Inc, for a consideration of $400 million. Admeld provides advertising network optimization technology for online publishers.
May 2011 -- Google acquires Sparkbuy. Google will use apparently use Sparkbuy to enhance Google Product Search, its own comparison shopping engine.
April 2011 -- Google acquires PushLife, a company that enables you to port your iTunes and Windows Media player libraries to non-Apple phones such as Android and Blackberry.
April 2011 -- Google acquires TalkBin, which provides a platform that lets customers give immediate feedback to local businesses by submitting opinions and critiques via mobile applications. Businesses can respond to customer comments via a web app.
March 2011 -- Google buys Green Parrot Pictures, a developer of tools that make it easier to manipulate digital video and images. YouTube will integrate Green Parrot's technology to help users make better-quality videos, particularly for videos taken with mobile phones.
March 2011 -- Google buys BeatThatQuote.com, a price comparison web site that helps people find the best deals on a range of financial products and services that includes mortgages, credit cards, loans, home and car insurance, annuities and investments.
March 2011 -- Google/YouTube acquires Next New Networks, a provider of original, episodic series programming for the Internet. The company helps video creators with advertising and distribution of shows to various Web sites.
January 2011 -- Google acquired SayNow Corporation from Shasta Ventures, Tugboat Ventures, Altos Ventures and other investors for cash. SayNow Corporation provides voice and text messages from entertainers, community leaders, and politicians to fans.
January 2011 -- Google acquires Fflick, which operates a service that features movie trailers, reviews, and ratings. You sign in with your Twitter account and are shown a list of top-ranking movies. Next to each film is a set of relevant tweets from the people you follow.
January 2011 -- Google acquires eBook Technologies for an undisclosed sum. The acquisition furthers Google's efforts to deliver book titles on a variety of computing devices. eBook Technologies' offerings include an electronic reading device, an online bookstore and an online bookshelf.
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