The Best Google Acquisitions Ever

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This list brings together the smartest, most forward-thinking business acquisitions Google has ever made. Google has acquired many other companies since 2001. Sometimes, these products end up living on under their former names - as in the cases of DoubleClick, Blogger, YouTube and Android. On other occasions, the former products get integrated into pre-existing or future Google applications, as int he case of the numerous map companies that blended together to create Google Maps. Finally, some companies end up being plundered for staff or useful parts, and then disbanded. This list can contain companies from all of these groups, so long as the acquisition - long-term - was beneficial to Google and wise in retrospect.

This is an Open List, so after you've voted on the smartest acquisitions, feel free to add your own suggestions at the bottom of the page.
 
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    The world's largest video sharing site, founded in 2005 and acquired in November 2006.

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    Online advertising. Integrated into AdSense and AdWords.

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    Motorola Mobility is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Google Acquisitions Ever

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    Motorola Mobility Former mobile division of Motorola. Acquisition still pending approval.

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    An image organizer and image viewer for organizing and editing digital photos.

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    Publishers of collaborative restaurant and nightlife guides and surveys

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    Original developers of the Freebase open, shared database

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    A service to protect your website from spam and abuse.

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    Creators of Blogger

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    A web statistics analysis program

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    Online photo editing service which had partnered with Flickr.

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    One of the world's largest community based traffic and navigation apps.

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    Travel industry data collection and software company

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    Web feed manager providing custom RSS feeds and management tools

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    A display advertising and exchange bidding company

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    Phone management service, relaunched with new features in 2009 as Google Voice

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    A website devoted to reviews & information about films based on Tweets. It was acquired by Google in 2011 and discontinued.

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    A producer of online video networks

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    Postini is an e-mail and Web security and archiving service owned by Google since 9 July 2007. It provides cloud computing services for filtering e-mail spam and malware (before it is delivered to a client’s mail server), offers

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    A social marketing agency specializing in PR, marketing, digital engagement and behavior change for startups, non-profits and government.

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    Twitch is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Google Acquisitions Ever

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    Twitch A video platform and community for gamers.

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    Software development company and creator of 'Writely'

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