I have blogged on the Media ownership in India,US aware of the fact that, in a Democracy who controls information decides power equation.
This morning it struck me that I never bothered to check on the ownership pattern of Google.
While Googling, the information I obtained was very meager and sanitized.
I did a search with Bing, with slightly better results.
After going through the material, I feel that if you r to be secretiveness, you have something to hide.
You try talking to some one in Google office India, you would be surprised that how people can refuse to part with any information without being offensive-even if the information you ask for is very mundane.
Standard answer ‘Google it’
Now Read on .
‘That being said, I have noticed how little users actually know about Google. We all use it everyday, but when it comes to who owns it or what the company does own-people are sometimes clueless. With the recent merger talk of Yahoo and Microsoft, I saw countless questions as to if Google already owned Yahoo. The answer of course is no, but Google does own so much more. The company is said to own over 500 domain names some bought by Google themselves, others bought by companies that were bought by Google.
As for the acquisitions Google has-the list is endless. According to mydigmedia.com, Google owns:
Neotonic Software-for CRM
Applied Semantics-for search
Kaltix Corp-for context sensitve search
Genius Labs-for blogging
Ignite Logic-web templates for law firms
Picassa-digi photo management
Keyhole Group-digital mapping
Where 2 Technologies-digital mapping
ZipDash-maps and traffic for mobile devices
Dodgeball-mobile social networking
Reqwireless Inc.-Java browser
Current Communications Group-broadband internet
Android-software for mobile phone o/s
Transformic Inc-search engine for deep/invisible web
Skia-graphics software engineering
DMarc Broadcasting-digital radio broadcasting
Measure Map-analytics for blogs
Upstartle-Writely, document editor for the web
@Last Software-SketchUp 3D modeling
Orion-Referral search engine
Neven Vision-automatic information extraction from jpgs
Jotspot Ind-wiki platform for websites
YouTube-online video company
Xunlei-filesharing app for the web
Adscape Media-in-game advertising
Gapminder’s Trendalyzer-presentation software
Doubleclick-ad platform for the web
Tonic Systems-document conversion technology
Marratech-video conferencing technology
Green Border Technologies-secure web browsing tech
Panoramio-photo site sharing for Google Earth
Feedbumer-RSS feed distribution analytics and management
GrandCentral-mobile voice management
Postini-communications security and compliance
As you can see, Google does not own Yahoo. That can of course change in the upcoming months. Google has a lot of initiatives still to come. They recently released what they refer to as Android operating system, which very well could take over the Iphone market as well.
Sergey Brin and Larry Page both started Google while in their twenties. The two met in the science program at Stanford. They dropped out of school and started Google from a friends’ garage in 1998. Brin currently serves as president of technology at Google and Page heads product division. The two are said to be worth $18 billion.
Google controls the majority of the Internet. I happen to think this is not a bad thing. They seem to be innovative, responsible, generous and just plain brilliant. I think if anyone can keep moving technology forward, it is Google. I would not mind them controlling the net. They seem to be doing an excellent job so far. Only time will tell though as far as the future is concerned. I, for one, look forward to seeing what Google controls or comes up with next!”
Read this apt comment.
“Anything this powerful is a threat to liberty. They can do what they like, and are intruding more and more into our personal information. Now I’m told by Google that the ad I was running with Adwords is not being allowed because my site lacks enough content and too many ads! The site is a business site and provides the information to visitors I wish it to. It has pages of content and only two small square box ads apart from the Google adsense skyscraper! Yet they claim it ‘violates’ Googles policy of too many ads to content as if it’s just an ad farm which it isn’t.
It is no business of Google’s to judge sites. It’s arrogance, and it’s what you get from the too-powerful. Forget governments, Google could become the police state all on its own, it is gathering vast amnounts of information, holds archives not just of websites but of our searches. It is inherently dangerous and I don’t share the writer#s sanguinity or optimism. Facebook is showing the same tendency to megalomania.”
Will some body from the IT Industry send me information on Google ownership?
‘The first funding for Google as a company was secured on August 1998 in the form of a $100,000USD contribution from Andy Bechtolsheim, co-founder of Sun Microsystems, given to a corporation which did not yet exist.(wiki)
Look at the above-‘ given to a corporation which did not yet exist”
List of Companies acquired by Google.
There are 119 Companies. Visit.