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Google Acquires Invite Media

2:22 pm on Jun 2, 2010 (gmt 0)

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People familiar with the transaction say Google’s plan is to leave Invite running as a stand-alone unit, which will work at arm’s length with exchange’s like Google’s AdX as well as competitors like OpenX, Yahoo’s Right Media (YHOO) and Microsoft’s AdECN (MSFT).

That makes sense, because ad buyers who use Invite, like Publicis’ Vivaki, expect to be able to buy inventory from multiple exchanges.

But over time Google does plan on investing in Invite and integrating it into DoubleClick for Advertisers, its ad serving technology. Invite users wouldn’t be required to use DFA, but the two would be designed to match up seamlessly, sources said.
4:18 pm on June 2, 2010 (gmt 0)

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I don't understand this "analysis."

Google Ad Manager and OpenX, for example, allow you to use ad inventory from any legit source and they have a means of tracking pricing (bids). I have not used Invite Media because my life is not that "complicated." I don't have people bidding on my pages.

I would expect this purchase is simply a way to make easier for users of the service to tap into Google's ad inventory. But, mostly, this outfit has a successful web ad service program and ads on the web is what Google does, sooooo... Duh!

Still, the Google's web continues to expand... Not good.
6:09 am on June 3, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Where is the DOJ on this? They are acquiring everything. No checks and balances here...
12:59 pm on June 3, 2010 (gmt 0)

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yes goog is currently operating in wild west mode, with friends in DC keeping it that way.
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I wonder what the odds of having your start up acquired by Google are in comparison to the state lottery.

This is the 11th acquisition by Google this year, 5 of them happened in April ( [en.wikipedia.org...] )

How many tech start ups are there in a year?

The odds of winning the California Mega Millions Lottery is 1 in 175,711,536