Google officially announced this morning that they are purchasing Motorola Mobility. First, this is a huge acquisition in the mobile industry with a purchase price of about $12.5 billion. This purchase is very interesting in a few different ways. The official announcement has some interesting information as well. There is the obvious patent defense purchase:… Read More Google Buys A Mobile Patent Defense And More
Unsurprisingly, the discussion of Google buying Twitter has come up again. This time, the conversation was started by Dave McClure and built upon by the Business Insider. People have been talking about this for what feels like forever, but the timing now is a little more interesting. Business Insider lists 7 reasons why Google should… Read More 7 Reasons Why Google Should Not Buy Twitter
A few days ago, Business Insider had a post on what they thought Yahoo should buy. They mention 5 different possibilities, most of which I disagree with: Twitter – If the Twitter team is having problems with stability again, and they need to start worrying about monetization, it is not a good idea for Yahoo… Read More What Should Yahoo Buy?
Over the past few days, there has been a ton of rumors and speculation regarding who is buying Twitter. Silicon Alley Insider has a very good post on why Microsoft must buy Twitter. Granted, they are looking at it from a search perspective, and that should be expected given Microsoft’s current search issues. I agree… Read More Twitter Suitors Revisited
The internet is alive with rumors that Google is in talks to acquire Twitter. This is not overly surprising as Google tends to make a run at many hot properties. The concern with this is that Google does not have a great record of integrating new purchases and having them flourish. They already bought and… Read More If Twitter Is For Sale, Who Should By It?
Sun Microsystems is all over the news today. They have not been in the news much as there have not been many interesting developments from them for a while. Java is in the hands of the JCP, and their hardware business gets chipped away by low cost Windows server farms and the new cloud services.… Read More Is Sun Finally Getting Bought By IBM?
I woke up this morning to find some interesting news in my email. XING AG acquired socialmedian. I have been calling for their purchase since late-summer, and have been surprised that it really took this long. The official press release, the socialmedian blog and the XING blog do not list any details of the purchase… Read More Finally Someone Acquires SocialMedian
About a month ago many speculated that StumbleUpon was for sale. EBay is asking for the equivalent of a king’s ransom, rumored to be $75 million. Given that StumbleUpon has revenue in the range of $5 to $7.5 million, the asking price is not completely unreasonable. There are not many companies that can buy up… Read More Google Should Buy StumbleUpon
If you read this blog regularly, it probably means you are involved in social media and most likely an early adopter. If not, then you are probably just a hardcore geek looking for a geek fix. Given that this is my audience, I am going to tell you why the possible/probable acquisition of Digg by… Read More The Google Digg Purchase Would Mean Nothing to You.