So it’s a bit boring to report on any new acquisitions that Google has made – since they have so many mega-gazillions of dollars at their fingertips – and they are acquiring many companies that aren’t really that big or are really in a startup phase.
I did notice that Google has announced the acquisition of GrandCentral – a web telephony startup. According Google Product Manager Wesley Chan as posted to the official Google blog, ”We’re pleased to announce that we have acquired GrandCentral Communications, a company that provides services for managing your voice communications. GrandCentral is an innovative service that lets users integrate all of their existing phone numbers and voice mailboxes into one account, which can be accessed from the web. We think GrandCentral’s technology fits well into Google’s efforts to provide services that enhance the collaborative exchange of information between our users.
GrandCentral offers many features that complement the phone services you already use. If you have multiple phone numbers (e.g., home, work, cell), you get one phone number that you can set to ring all, some, or none of your phones, based on who’s calling. This way, your phone number is tied to you, and not your location or job. The service also gives you one central voice mailbox. You can listen to your voicemails online or from any phone, forward them to anybody, add the caller to your address book, block a caller as spam, and a lot more. You can even listen in on voicemail messages from your phone while they are being recorded, or switch a call from your cell phone to your desk phone and back again. All in all, you’ll have a lot more control over your phones.”
So basically Google is now going to compete with Skype in the Internet phone space.
But my point is that Google is really stuffing it’s pockets with companies these days. In fact – they seem to be acting a bit more like a venture capital firm than a search engine. They are adding companies and services at a rapid pace – and I guess that even if a smallish fraction of these projects take off and become big stars – then that pays for all the failures that they discard along the way.
So Keith – have they made an offer for PingZine yet?
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