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The developing story of Google and Time Warner's AOL division continues with the announcement that, in addition to Google's newly acquired 5% stake in Google that there will be a new alliance involving video and instant messaging. Tacitly significant is the absence of MSN from this alliance. Earlier reports indicated that Redmond was also seeking an alliance of some sort with AOL but had been seeking an overly complex agreement in the eyes of AOL management. In the agreement, Google will let AOl sell graphically-oriented advertising into Google's network, more of AOL will be open to Googlesearches, and searches for video programming are also enabled. The agreement is being perceived as a negative to Microsoft, but in the spirit of at least one early analyst, major Time Warner investor Carl Icahn sees weakness for AOL in the deal, reportedly labeling it "disastrous" be... (more)

Microsoft's Chase After Google Reverberates

Microsoft, supposedly thwarted in previous bids for other Google-adjusting properties, is paying $6 billion cash for aQuantive, a 10-year-old publicly held Internet ad company that could be said to have been relatively unknown when Microsoft announced that it was paying an outlandish 85% premium to buy it to compete against Google. Six billion is more money than Microsoft ever paid for anything. It said the price was bid up by competition, but provided no color. It claimed that "it's exactly the right company to buy, and hence we're willing to pay." Microsoft has $28 billion in t... (more)

Google Acquires Security/Compliance Company Postini

Google has signed "a definitive agreement" to acquire Postini, which specializes in on-demand communications security and compliance solutions, serving more than 35,000 businesses and 10 million users worldwide. Postini's services -- which include message security, archiving, encryption, and policy enforcement -- can be used to protect a company's email, instant messaging, and other web-based communications. Under the terms of the agreement, Google will acquire Postini for $625 million in cash, subject to working capital and other adjustments, and Postini will become a wholly-own... (more)

AOL To Enhance Video Search Engine by Adding RSS Feeds

"With AOL Video Search, we are providing consumers with a faster, easier way to find the best videos on the Web." said Kevin Conroy, Executive Vice President of AOL Media Networks who announced that new RSS feeds from partners for its video search engine. These new partners include Blastro.com, EVTV1.com, Forbes.com, GameTrailers.com, PC World and Time4 Media properties including Transworld Skateboarding, Transworld Snowboarding and Transworld Surf. Featuring content ranging from humor, news and technology to music, sports, and video games, these new optimized video RSS feeds wil... (more)

Will Google Shares Reach $600?

Can the stock of Google, whose share of the Internet search market according to ComScore increased to 56.5% in August (from 55.2% in July) and who is striving to acquire DoubleClick for $3.1BN, reach $600, just three years after it began trading - at $85 - in 2004? With the third-highest market cap (more than $180BN) of any U.S. technology company - Microsoft is #1 and and Cisco Systems is #2 - Google's share price this year alone has risen by 27%. It now has the sixth-highest stock price in the entire U.S., having yesterday reached $596.81 on the Nasdaq Stock Market before settlin... (more)