Google Acquires E-Commerce Partner Channel Intelligence for $125M

Google has agreed to acquire Orlando, Fla.-based Channel Intelligence from ICG Group for $125 million in cash. Channel Intelligence helps merchants maximize sales from ads purchased on Google Shopping, which made the controversial move last year to charge for listings instead of providing them for free. This is the second recent acquisition by Google Shopping; in November, it bought delivery service BufferBox.


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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