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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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YouTube is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Google Acquisitions Ever
YouTube Data Processing, Hosting, and Related Services - The world's largest video sharing site, founded in 2005 and acquired in November 2006.

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Android Inc. is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Google Acquisitions Ever

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Applied Semantics is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Google Acquisitions Ever
Applied Semantics 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
Motorola Mobility Former mobile division of Motorola. Acquisition still pending approval.

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Picasa is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Google Acquisitions Ever
Picasa An image organizer and image viewer for organizing and editing digital photos.

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Zagat is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Google Acquisitions Ever
Zagat Publishers of collaborative restaurant and nightlife guides and surveys

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Metaweb Technologies, Inc. is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Google Acquisitions Ever
Metaweb Technologies, Inc. Internet Publishing and Broadcasting and Web Search Portal, Data management - Original developers of the Freebase open, shared database

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reCAPTCHA is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Google Acquisitions Ever
reCAPTCHA A service to protect your website from spam and abuse.

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+ - 68 49
Pyra Labs is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Google Acquisitions Ever
Pyra Labs Internet Publishing and Broadcasting and Web Search Portal - Creators of Blogger

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Urchin Software is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Google Acquisitions Ever
Urchin Software A web statistics analysis program

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Picnik is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Google Acquisitions Ever
Picnik Software, Internet Publishing and Broadcasting and Web Search Portal - Online photo editing service which had partnered with Flickr.

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Waze is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Google Acquisitions Ever
Waze One of the world's largest community based traffic and navigation apps.

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ITA Software is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Google Acquisitions Ever
ITA Software Software, Computer - Travel industry data collection and software company

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FeedBurner is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Google Acquisitions Ever
FeedBurner Web feed manager providing custom RSS feeds and management tools

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Google Voice is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Google Acquisitions Ever
Google Voice Phone management service, relaunched with new features in 2009 as Google Voice

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Invite Media is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Google Acquisitions Ever
Invite Media Advertising - A display advertising and exchange bidding company

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Fflick is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Google Acquisitions Ever
Fflick A website devoted to reviews & information about films based on Tweets. It was acquired by Google in 2011 and discontinued.

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Next New Networks is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Google Acquisitions Ever
Next New Networks A producer of online video networks

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Postini is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Google Acquisitions Ever
Postini 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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SocialDeck is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Google Acquisitions Ever
SocialDeck 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
Twitch A video platform and community for gamers.

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Upstartle is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Google Acquisitions Ever
Upstartle Software development company and creator of 'Writely'