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Google is on a buying spree.In its 10-Q filing yesterday, Google revealed that it has spent more than $1.4 billion to make 57 acquisitions and “purchases of intangible assets” in the first nine months of this year.
That’s an average of more than six acquisitions per month, or more than one every week.
And that doesn’t even include the proposed buys of Motorola ($12.5 billion) and AdMeld ($400 million), which are still waiting for government approval.
Of those 57 acquisitions, only ITA, Zagat, and Daily Deals were big enough to warrant mention by name. The remaining 54 are “not material” so Google doesn’t have to disclose them in its financial statements.
But the little companies often explain what happened.
So we were able to compile this list of Google acquisitions in 2011 so far.
This small company made its name with apps that let celebrities like Mike Ditka place voice messages on social networks like Facebook, but it also had other technologies for conference calling and son on. It is reportedly being integrated with the Google Voice team.
The company reported a purchase price of 37.7 million U.K. pounds, or about $60 million.
TalkBin has technology that lets users send text messages to business owners or customer service reps, who can then respond immediately. It still has its own Web site run by Google, and it's apparently part of the Android team.
This company built apps that let you control your TV from multiple devices and record shows. It was nine years old when Google bought it. It's a safe bet it will be integrated into a future version of Google TV.
Google bought this six-month old startup, which lets users collect digital versions of loyalty cards. It could be used to boost Google Wallet.
This company started out as a Carnegie Mellon University project, and could be used in a variety of places, such as YouTube or mobile apps.
This service aggregates daily deals from a bunch of providers and shows them on a map so you can see where there are deals near you. It had more than 2 million users when Google bought it, and will presumably fit into the company's Offers service.
This was the big kahuna, and will cost $12.5 billion whenever it closes. Google said it bought Motorola mainly to offer patent protection to Android resellers, but it could also use Motorola to get more directly into the phone and TV hardware business.
The deal is expected to close late this year or early in 2012.
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