Acquisitions Posts

Nest Acquisition: Another Brick in Google’s Great Wall of Data

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

Just when will Google’s voracious appetite for collecting data on every aspect of our lives be too much? For Xconomy’s chief correspondent Wade Roush, Google’s $3.2 billion acquisition of Nest Labs, known for its slick, intuitive smart thermostat, represents his “personal tipping point.” For more on the deal, read here. “Google is getting too big,” Read more »

UK Competition Authority Puts Google-Waze Combination on Hold

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013

Google has agreed to not integrate Waze Inc. as U.K. competition authorities review the implications of Google’s purchase of the mobile mapping and navigation provider. According to a post on the Office of Fair Trading website, Google promised to not “impair the ability” of Google or Waze to compete independently in the market impacted by Read more »

WSJ: FTC Reviewing Google’s Acquisition of Waze

Monday, June 24th, 2013

Google recently confirmed its acquisition mobile map app maker Waze Inc. has prompted lawyers from the Federal Trade Commission to contact the search giant about the deal, according to a report from The Wall Street Journal. FTC lawyers may have asked Google to not integrate Waze, pending its review, the Journal reported. Last week, The Read more »

Google’s Deal for Waze ‘Will Almost Certainly’ Invite Antitrust Review, Law Prof Says

Thursday, June 20th, 2013

Did Google’s acquisition of mobile mapping company Waze Inc. for more than $1 billion comply with U.S. antitrust laws and merger review procedures? Maybe not, according to Steve Davidoff, New York Times Deal Professor columnist and professor at the Michael E. Moritz College of Law at Ohio State University. The deal, he added, “will almost Read more »

Consumer Group Calls on Policymakers to Block Google-Waze Deal

Thursday, June 13th, 2013

Nonprofit Consumer Watchdog yesterday sent letters to the Federal Trade Commission and the U.S. Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division calling for the rejection of Google’s $1 billion acquisition of mobile map software maker Waze Inc. John Simpson, privacy project director for the nonpartisan public interest group, wrote: “Google already dominates the online mapping business with Read more »

Google’s Bid for Waze Would Hurt Mobile Competition and Innovation

Monday, June 10th, 2013

Bloomberg News reported that Google has agreed to buy map-software maker Waze Inc. for $1.1 billion in yet another sign the search giant is moving aggressively in mobile and seeking to curb competition. Waze’s mobile application gathers details from more than 40 million users to improve directions, maps and other information. The report said Google Read more »

Google’s Travel Empire Swells, Raises Questions

Monday, August 13th, 2012

Google has entered into an agreement to buy travel book guide Frommer’s, according to CNET. The purchase follows the search giant’s previous acquisitions of restaurant-review firm Zagat and ITA Software, which allowed Google to create Google Flight Search after a lengthy regulatory review. Not surprisingly, it appears Google is making such purchases to prolifically populate Read more »

Google Modifies Flight Search; Adds Orbitz, Excludes Other Online Travel Agencies

Thursday, March 15th, 2012

News out of the Googleplex this morning: Flight Search will now include online travel agencies Orbitz. As you remember, during the Department of Justice’s review of Google’s acquisition of ITA Software, Google promised that it would be “driving more potential customers to airlines and online travel agencies’ websites.” Then the initial Flight Search product came Read more »

Google’s Effort to Minimize Concerns on Motorola Mobility Bear Close Watch

Thursday, February 9th, 2012

Since Google controls more than 79% of all searches in the U.S. and more than 90% of all searches in Europe, any deal the company makes is rightly the focus of attention from antitrust enforcers. We’ve come to expect Google to downplay the impact any deal will have on competition and make promises to play Read more »

Checking in on Google Flight Search

Thursday, January 26th, 2012

During the lengthy antitrust review of Google’s acquisition of ITA Software, Google promised that “the acquisition will benefit passengers, airlines and online travel agents by making it easier for users to comparison shop for flights and airfares and by driving more potential customers to airlines and online travel agencies’ websites.” Needless to say, when Google Read more »