What's the Latest Development?
Subtracting the cost of the Motorola deal, Google still has more than than $25 billion in cash and marketable securities on hand. It generated $2.6 billion in free cash flow just last quarter. Hulu, OpenTable, Rovio, Travelzoo, AOL's ad network, Rovi, Twitter, NVIDIA, Sprint, and Salesforce. They are companies Business Insider tips Google might acquire next.
What's the Big Idea?
Google's $12.5 billion purchase of Motorola will be its biggest acquisition ever–more than four times the size of DoubleClick, the previous leader. But over the last decade, Google has been one of the biggest–and most successful –acquirers in the tech industry, and owes a lot of its success to these smart buys. Its core search advertising platform and most of its biggest new businesses, including Android, YouTube, and display advertising, all come from other companies.