Google-ITA Software Acquisition Now Complete

The Justice Department approved the merger between Google and ITA Software on Friday, putting to rest a nine-month investigation. It took Google only another four days to officially close the $700 million acquisition. In an updated blog post yesterday, Google said the acquisition of ITA was now complete. Under the close eye of regulators, Google will now be able to tap into the Cambridge, Mass.-based company’s flight information software to create a new travel search vertical.


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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