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8:16 am on May 30, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Google acquires security software.

Google said it has bought Internet security startup GreenBorder Technologies Inc., which creates secure connections to protect e-mail and Web users from malicious or unwanted computer code.

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From GreenBorder Web Site
"Existing users, rest assured you will continue to have uninterrupted access to your GreenBorder products! Our support team is still available to help you"

GreenBorder [greenborder.com]

GreenBorder offers security software that sets up temporary, virtual sessions each time a computer users surfs the Web, then discards the resulting data once the user is finished surfing
8:39 am on May 30, 2007 (gmt 0)

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then discards the resulting data once the user is finished surfing

something else for G to add to its collection
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GreenBorder offers security software that sets up temporary, virtual sessions each time a computer users surfs the Web, then discards the resulting data once the user is finished surfing.

G wants to know as much as possible about their users (e.g. all Internet users). GB is preventing it. So, if you can't fight them buy them!
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On the contrary,
Google has been moving into this domain for a while now
[googleonlinesecurity.blogspot.com...]
From Google's perspective, security issues are one of the major obstacles for the growth of their business and potential partners, customers and advertisers moving into the online world.
If anything, I predict Google to be doing major future security related acquisitions, perhaps also on the client side along the lines of antivirus and personal firewalls and include them with their toolbar to close the door even more for future competition.

And by the way, they will eventually end up with more data too, they are the Internet now, aren't they ;-)

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The internet is GoogleNet?

We're screwed....

12:05 pm on May 30, 2007 (gmt 0)

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You want security and safety, give some information in return and we'll serve you ads and promise not to disclose your private information, it's the second oldest trick, don't ask what was the first.

Think if it, the only way to unsettle Microsoft is to shift more applications online, already being done, and the largest obstacle in this model is infrastructure and security, bingo.

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I wonder when will Google venture into O/S and give Microsoft a run for its money.
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It's a major move for the good. It's almost become dangerous to click on URLs for some searches, to the point where tightened security integrated with filtering of some kind is practically a necessity.
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I agree w/Marcia. Google's best interests align with those of the Internet as a whole in the security space. I'm a frequent Google basher, so I have to try to give them credit where it's due.
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The internet is GoogleNet?

No, its actually the Gorg. :)

Do a search for "Google Acquisitions" and review the Wiki entry. That gives you a good overview of what Google is up to. Its an interesting timeline.

Based on what I'm seeing, and I do keep my nose to the ground on acquisition related issues, anybody with a technology that is new and innovative, has a solid userbase, and is gaining momentum, will be purchased by one of the big three.

The race is on to see how many tech companies each of them can purchase to keep the others from doing the same. Google buys this. Yahoo! responds by buying that. And then MSN comes along and buys the last big player in the space. All gone! On to the next round of acquisitions.

 

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