Google, the world's No. 1 Web search company has historically maintained a steady pace of acquiring small and privately held companies over a stretch of period. However post September 2009 Google has been in a acquisition spree, it has already acquired 9 companies post September 2009, the latest being announced on March 3rd.
Here is a insight on some of the major and the recent mergers and acquisitions Google had.
The Famous ones...
In June 2004 Google acquired Baidu, which was a very promiment Chinese language search engine. The deal went through for approx. $5,000,000. The next major acquistion was of YouTube in the October 2006. YouTube was one of the most famous video sharing website. The deal was closed at approx $1,650,000,000.
The Recent ones...
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