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Google Acquires Postini

12:08 pm on Jul 9, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG) announced today that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Postini, a global leader 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-owned subsidiary of Google. The agreement is subject to customary closing conditions and is expected to close by the end of the third quarter 2007.

"With this transaction, we're reinforcing our commitment to delivering compelling hosted applications to businesses of all sizes. With the addition of Postini, our apps are not just simple and appealing to users -- they can also streamline the complex information security mandates within these organizations," said Eric Schmidt, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Google.

Google Acquires Postini [google.com]

1:01 pm on July 9, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Sounds like something Google needs to aspire to its hosted apps vision. Working towards the ubititous and utopian "Gdrive" I hope!
2:23 pm on July 9, 2007 (gmt 0)

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What that is huge. We're a Postini customer and it is by far one of the best SPAM/Virus filtering offerings we've used. I wonder if Google will be adding this to the free list of services, ala Urchin. I think they could get away with it, given the amount of email data they'll be able to mine.

Get ready for an enormous shake up in the google results once domain names start getting marked as email spammers.


8:12 pm on July 9, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Spam often appears to be coming from someones official website.

A huge number of domain owners don't know their site is being used for email spam until they get a returned email notice. Email headers need to be secured before you can blast the company the emails appear to be coming from. If google starts handing out the ban stick because of emails I suspect a large number of sites will get attacked by competitors trying to knock them out of the serps.

Hopefully they address this. Good move for google but now postini will also become the focus for many spammers, this won't stop them. Dozens of talented coders are likely already working on new ways to spam. Until more are caught and punished, spam is here to stay.

Maybe its time to offer an option to split email from domain names completely. A website without an email address or email server is the only surefire way to stop spam from originating directly from that site.

If every webmaster signs up for a gmail account, registering their business to that account, and use that for their business needs and then completely dismantle your website email system at the host level... spam (possibly) becomes googles problem.

A legitimate email campaign could be registered in advance to avoid it being confused as spam much like adwords screens ads.

I'm sure this has all been discussed before.

1:00 am on July 10, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Sounds like something Google needs to aspire to its hosted apps vision. Working towards the ubititous and utopian "Gdrive" I hope!

There is already the very useful Firefox add on called Gspace that lets you use your Gmail account as a remote hard drive.