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Google to Acquire Skybox Imaging for US$ 500 Million

Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG) announced that it has entered into an agreement to buy Skybox Imaging for $500 million in cash, subject to adjustments. Skybox’s satellites will help keep Google Maps accurate with up-to-date imagery. Over time, we also hope that Skybox’s team and technology will be able to help improve Internet access and disaster relief — areas Google has ... Read More »

Google: The Disappearing Links of Europe

If you want to remove links to information about yourself you will have to report three things to Google:   The URL of the offending material, the home country, and an explanation of why one thinks the links should disappear. Google says it will examine every request against the criteria laid down by the court – employing humans, not algorithms, to ... Read More »

Google Is Afraid of Being Broken Up thus it Bows to EU Privacy Ruling

Google never cared very much about privacy, thus the announcement by Google to abide by the European Court landmark case of ‘the right to be forgotten’, has surprise many, and alarmed the Internet community. Larry Page has warned about risks damaging the next generation of internet start-ups and strengthening the hand of repressive governments looking to restrict online communications. According ... Read More »

Google Said to Hold Acquisition Talks with Skybox Imaging

According to Bloomberg Google is in talks to buy Skybox Imaging Inc., a provider of high-definition imagery.  Negotiations are early and a deal may not take place.  TechCrunch reported that the price could be in the $1 billion range, citing a source familiar with the matter. It’s also not clear how Google would use Skybox, which provides detailed photos and ... Read More »

Google Acquires Divide

Google Inc. has acquired Divide, which used to be called Enterproid.  Google previously invested in Divide through Google Ventures.  The terms of the deal were not disclosed. Divide contains corporate information that is separated from personal information on a device.  This allows businesses to manage their data even on devices they do not own. This gives people freedom to still ... Read More »

Google Acquires Cloud Monitoring Service Stackdriver

Google has acquired Stackdriver which offers a service for developers to monitor apps and services on the cloud.  Stackdriver will be integrated in Google’s cloud platform team.  The teams will be working to integrate Stackdriver’s functionality so that Google Cloud Platform customers can take advantage of the monitoring capabilities, which allow customers to have more visibility into errors, performance, behavior, ... Read More »

Google Appoints Eileen Naughton as Managing Director for the UK

Google has appointed Eileen Naughton as managing director of its £3.6 billion per year UK advertising sales operation. Naughton has been with Google since 2006 and previously was president of Time Magazine. The UK is Google’s largest market outside the US, accounting for $5.6 billion in revenues in 2013, or a tenth of its global sales. That was a 16 per cent ... Read More »

Google Acquires Quest Visual to Bolster Mobile Translation

Google is acquiring a translate-on-the-go application developer, seeking to bolster its mobile services.  Google is acquiring Quest Visual Inc., whose Word Lens app lets users translate signs with their smartphone cameras. The application is available for users of Android-based devices, Apple Inc. (AAPL) iPhones and Glass, Google’s computerized eyewear, according to Quest Visual’s website. Google is ramping up acquisitions as ... Read More »

Google Acquires Analytics Firm Adometry

Marketing analytics firm Adometry, which helps advertisers gauge how their online ads are performing, has been acquired by search giant Google.  Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, but Google said the acquisition will not be required to pass through the government regulatory process. CEO Paul Pellman commented in his recent post: “We couldn’t be more excited to join ... Read More »

Google First Quarter 2014 Revenue Up 19%

Google Inc. announced financial results for the first quarter of 2014 reporting revenue growth of 19% year on year.  Consolidated revenues were $15.42 billion for the quarter ended March 31, 2014, an increase of 19% compared to the first quarter of 2013.  Google Inc. reports advertising revenues, consistent with GAAP, on a gross basis without deducting traffic acquisition costs (TAC). ... Read More »

Boosting Internet Access in Remote Areas

Google is acquiring Titan Aerospace, a maker of solar-powered drones that could be used to boost Internet access to remote areas.  Google did not release the financial terms of the transaction. Titan’s drones are able to run for five years at an altitude of some 65,000 feet (19,812 meters).  They can perform similar functions to geostationary satellites, but are less ... Read More »

Can Google’s Robots Build a New Future for US Manufacturing?

The Wall Street Journal reported that Google and Foxconn have been working together to develop new robotic manufacturing technologies.  Experts say the partnership could have major implications for both the tech industry and the American economy, though the nature of those implications remains unclear — and an issue of intense debate. Experts say robotic manufacturing could spur economic growth, but ... Read More »

Google ‘Captures’ DeepMind

Google has acquired London-based start-up DeepMind to expand further into the field of artificial intelligence.  Google paid more than Pounds Sterling 400 million (US$660 million) for the start-up.  DeepMind investors include Founders Fund, the venture capital firm run by former PayPal executive Peter Thiel, and Horizons Ventures.   Google reportedly beat Facebook to the deal. DeepMind posted a loss of £2m ... Read More »

US Government Reaches Data Deal with High Tech Companies

According to the Financial Times the Obama administration has reached an agreement with leading technology companies that allows them to give customers more details about the online data collected by government agencies. Under the agreement, which comes after several internet companies launched a lawsuit calling for more transparency, the groups will be able to say how many information requests they receive ... Read More »