Results tagged “acquisitions”

Sure, that's all it takes

By Michael Mulvey on March 2, 2011 10:58 AM

GigaOm: Why Google Still Needs to Buy a Groupon Clone

Google is launching -- or at least beta-testing -- a Groupon-style discount program for small businesses known as Google Offers, something that was first reported by Mashable and then confirmed by Google in an email to Search Engine Land. The program appears to be identical to those run by Groupon or one of the dozen smaller group-buying startups, in that it allows merchants to offer a discount that only gets triggered if enough people sign up for the deal. But does Google have what it takes to build up that kind of service on its own? Probably not. Which is why the company should still think about buying a Groupon clone.

Sure, that's all it takes. Whatever market you're in, if you don't have a product to use against the competition, just buy one.

Google's Perma-hunger for Information

By Michael Mulvey on July 2, 2010 12:58 PM

Google: Taking off with ITA

Today, almost half of all airline tickets are sold online. But for many people, finding the right flight at the best price is a frustrating experience; pricing and availability change constantly, and even a simple two city itinerary involves literally thousands of different options. We'd like to make that search much easier, which is why I'm pleased to announce that today we have signed an agreement to acquire ITA, a Boston-based software company specializing in organizing airline data, including flight times, availability and prices.

It's getting scary how hungry Google is for information. It seems there's never an industry they it doesn't make sense to be in for Google. Search, news, email, maps, office applications, blogs, video, web browsers and most recently, their own competitor to Facebook. Check out their product page.

When you get as big as Google is getting, staying true to the don't be evil mantra is impossible.


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