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Google’s Grab of the Week: Android Video Chat-Maker Global IP Solutions

It has been nearly three weeks since Google bought a company. You didn’t think it was done buying, did you?

So here’s Global IP Solutions, which specializes in Internet voice and video chat. Google plans to buy the publicly traded company, which began life in Sweden and now hails from San Francisco, for $68 million.

As PaidContent notes, it’s fairly easy to see why Google (GOOG) would be interested in the company: Last month, GIPS announced a product that makes it easy for developers to integrate voice and video chat with Android apps.

GIPS will be Google’s 15th publicly disclosed buy since last summer, assuming there’s no On2-like drama with the deal. Google’s offer represents a 26 percent premium over the current trading price for GIPS and a 140 percent premium since the company announced it was playing footsie with a potential buyer back in January.

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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik