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May 18, 2010

Google to Buy Global IP Solutions

Google is about to acquire Global IP Solutions, a company that develops real-time voice and video processing software for IP networks.

"The Web is evolving quickly as a development platform, and real-time video and audio communication over the Internet are becoming important new tools for users," said Rian Liebenberg, Engineering Director at Google. "GIPS technology provides high quality, real-time audio and video over an IP network, and we're looking forward to working with the GIPS team at Google to continue innovating for the Web platform."

Google will pay $68.2 million for a company that provides VoIP technology for many popular IM clients like Yahoo Messenger, AIM, Nimbuzz, QQ, IBM Lotus Sametime and for conferencing software from WebEx and Citrix. It's clear that Google intends to improve its instant messaging platform and to launch an online application for conferencing. An early version of Google Meetings has already been demoed at a recent event:

10 comments:

  1. Alex, do you have any other info on Google Meetings? Or what event this was demoed at?

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  2. At Google Atmosphere, an event about cloud computing.

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  3. Isn't it the same company Google has been using it's technology for Google Talk (the desktop client for windows)

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  4. Did they take down the Google Atmosphere video with this demo in it? They are missing one portion of the video on YouTube which may include this screenshot. Hmm... interesting.

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  5. The link to Yahoo Finance is dead.

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  6. @kmohr25: It seems that Google removed the video. I still have it.

    @Michel: Fixed.

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  7. WoW, Google enterance in voip technology is a big upset for companies like, yahoo and vonage.

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  8. @Alex Where can I get a copy of that video?

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  9. I saw GIPS at a conference in Vegas a few months ago and they were showing off uses for the LSVX video codec. Is this why Google was interested in Global IP? Does anyone know if GIPS owns the LSVX patent?

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