Google won't be getting Groupon, but two other companies acquired and online bookstore launched

by Liam Britten

While it looks like Google’s attempt to acquire Groupon is truly dead, deceased, run down the curtain and gone to join the choir invisible, that hasn’t stopped the search giant from keeping busy in terms of acquisitions.

Firstly, they acquired Seattle’s Widevine, a video technology company that has, among other things, taken care of digital rights management for companies such as AT&T, Netflix and NBC. And considering how Google’s YouTube has been sued over DRM issues before — including by NBC’s parent company Viacom — it looks like this acquisition could help them crack down on unwanted uploads of copyrighted material.

The other acquisition was Phonetic Arts, a U.K. company that works on speech technology for video games.

Add this to Google’s launch today of their online bookstore (currently serving American customers only), and you have a busy and productive week for Google, with or without Groupon in the fold.

Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

Google's mission is to organize the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful. As a first step to fulfilling that mission, Google's founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin developed a new approach to online search that took root in a Stanford University dorm room and quickly spread to information seekers around the globe. Google is now widely recognized as the world's... more

Widevine Technologies
Seattle, Washington, United States

Widevine is the only provider of multiplatform and multiformat DCAS, DRM, digital copy protection, and video optimization solutions for content owners, telco, cable, satellite, DTT, and Internet service operators. more

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Liam Britten

Liam Britten

Liam Britten is a writer and editor with a journalism background operating out of Vancouver. In addition to his work at Techvibes, he has been published in student publications across Canada, as well as local newspapers such as The MapleRidge-Pitt Meadows TIMES and The Langley Advance. An aficionado for the finer things in life — such as video games and sports — Liam is plugged into the tech... more

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