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Google in Acquisition Frenzy this Quarter

Looks like Google is in an acquisition frenzy this quarter with the company’s procurement of five up and coming small businesses between January and the first week of April. Four of these businesses come from the San Francisco Bay Area and one is based in Seattle. So far, the latest addition to Google’s expansion campaign this year are: Episodic, DocVerse, Picnik, reMail and Aardvark.

Episodic

Google’s latest acquisition this April 2nd, Episodic becomes the fifth acquisition of Google this year.

Episodic offers its users a platform for hosting on-demand and live streaming video on the Net. Episodic’s platform enables users to view live streaming videos using adaptive video playback mimicking HDTV quality without adding plug-ins. It also allows real-time analytics for monitoring viewership. Users can also monetize their video content by integrating advertisements and commerce in the platform. Content management control is also enabled for the users and any Internet capable device can accept broadcasts from the site.

Formerly owned by Noam Lovinsky, Episodic embraces Google with a team of six employees.

DocVerse

Acquired by Google on March 5th for $25M, DocVerse is the fourth on the list of new companies under its Google’s wings this year.

DocVerse makes it possible for simultaneous access and editing of Microsoft Office Documents in Excel, Power Point and MS word. This will empower Google Doc, Google’s own productivity suite, in terms of online collaborative editing.
DocVerse was founded by Shan Sinha and Alex DeNeui on 2007 and is based in San Francisco, USA.

Picnik

Purchased by Google on March 1st this year, Picnik is the Google’s 3rd acquisition this year.

Picknik is an online photo-editing service that can import photos directly from your own computer or from other websites such as Flicker, MySpace, FaceBook and Picasa Web Albums. It offers basic photo-editing tools for free and that can be upgraded to more versatile features when you subscribe to their service.

Located at downtown Seattle, Picnik is welcomed to Google with 15 employees.

reMail

Acquired by Google on February 17th, reMail is Google’s second company to adopt this year.

reMail is an e-mail application especially designed for iPhone popular for its quick text search of Gmail and IMAP accounts. reMail has announced on its blog that the application has been released as an open source program after Google’s acquisition of the company.
Founder Gabor Cselle will now join the Gmail team as its product manager.

AardVark

1st on Google’s acquisition for $50M this year, Aardvark became part of the Google enterprise on February 12.
Aardvark is an online social search service that lets your friends and their friends answer your queries. The Aardvark service is available on email, Instant Messenger, Twitter and the iPhone. Users can also use Aardvark’s site to view their answer and question history.

With more than twenty employees the company now operates under Google.

Apparently Google’s appetite for purchasing companies is not yet satiated since CEO Erich Schmidt says they are still planning to acquire at least one company per month for the rest of the year. This might offer some hope for those companies struggling to stay afloat in this difficult times.

Google To Build Chrome With Flash

After installing a browser, the first thing that a user does is to install the Flash player from Adobe. Without the Flash player it is impossible to view certain websites as well as the videos on the Internet. But now, Google has decided to make things easier for its user.

Google has decided to build Flash in its browser Google Chrome. Now, Google has decided to support the Adobe Flash player in its own browser Chrome. Google will be including the Adobe Flash plug in into its home browser – Google Chrome. This means that now there will be no need to update the browser or install the Flash Player plug in from Adobe.

Although the new devices from Apple like iPad, iPod and iPhone are using HTML5 which is a revised version of HTML. In HTML5, there is no need to install Flash player from Adobe as video rendering alternative is available in HTML5. But now, with this encouraging news for Adobe the future of Flash player is not shady.

No doubt that after the Flash player is included in the Google Chrome browser, the browser will get bulky and there will be no need to update the Flash player. Google has said that the reason for including the Adobe Flash player is that Google needs to work with companies like Mozilla and Adobe to create a next generation Internet browser along with the browse plug-ins. There is a plug-in manager in the latest version of Google Chrome browser that can be used to manage the plug-ins.
Since Adobe Flash player is the most popular web browser plug-in and the support it has got from Google the future of Adobe Flash is secure.

Locked horns google and peoples republic of China.

Google is fighting against Chinese censors to get its goal, the risks escalating, day after day, into a possible US-China showdown over cyber warfare. The situation is going to worsen.

China is the larger producer of most products all over the world, and now the unprecedented scale of Chinese attacks versus U.S.A. defence and commercial systems put the world quiet at risk. The attack begun on Gmail accounts of human rights activists, which is a fragile point of the Chinese government. China seemed determinate and ready for a full scale attack, which Google said had partly prompted its threat to leave China. Google is going to do a very big step, because the Chinese market is the largest in the world, but Google added that this problem was “probably insignificant”, if you compared it with the “theft” of source code and data from Google.

Probably 33 or 34 other leading technology companies are in danger at the moment, said a consultant briefed about the cyber attacks. What’s going on? The details coincided with claims that The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) had tracked a lot of attacks during last year, we are talking about more than 90,000 Chinese-originated attacks against the Defence Department. It’s a huge amount of problems here and everybody has to be concerned about that. Saying it with flowers … a Chinese Google user leaves a bouquet at the net giant’s Beijing headquarters yesterday. Watching around the globe we can see how the biggest Australian mining companies are refusing to negotiate iron ore contracts on the China soil because of Chinese security agency intrusions, not a lot time ago, at Rio Tinto. That problem culminated in the arrest of one of the most important figure in that deal, the China executive, Stern Hu. However, China seems to think that it can do whatever it wants at the present moment, but is it really like that? Greg Walton is a security development fellow, he works at the Citizen Lab, University of Toronto, and he said that a series of intelligence leaks implied: ”there are a lot of problems at the moment, something big is going on, which is not being reported at the moment”. Which is the problem with these guys? Maybe China has now pulled ahead on offensive operations, because US intelligence is geared in a very different way.

At the eyes of China the 5 big, which are: US, UK, Australia, Canada, New Zealand are doing something strange with their intelligence alliance and maybe China is not completely wrong. For example, one of the largest US company, hardly forbids employees from transporting communication equipment into Chinese soil, including laptops and smart phones. All this because of security concerns.

We have to think if China would do the same against us. The person in charge of this operation, a consultant who was briefed on the Gmail attacks seemed worried about this problem and he said that at least 34 companies, including many big firm like: Adobe, Symantec and Yahoo!, had been affected. Many big names are implicated in this big trouble, like another two companies: Northrop Grumman and Dow Chemical. What do you think is going on?

Google To Add Security Feature In Gmail

Google will be adding a new, crispy security feature to Gmail with which users will be able to get warnings when there are suspicious account logins. Firefox and Internet Explorer will be getting this feature first. After the addition of this security feature, user will be able to track any recent account activity and will be able to sign out remotely from Gmail. User will be able to get details like last login, source of login and ISP used for logging in with the help of this feature.

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