Google biggest competitor
Most of the firms acquired by Google are based in the United States, and, in turn, most of these are based in or around the San Francisco Bay Area.
To date, Google has divested itself of three business units: Frommers, which was sold back to Arthur Frommer in April 2012; SketchUp, which was sold to Trimblein April 2012; and Google Radio Automation, which was sold to WideOrbit in 2009.
Many Google products originated as services provided by companies that Google has since acquired. For example, Google’s first acquisition was the Usenet company Deja News, and its services became Google Groups. Similarly, Google acquired Dodgeball, a social networking service company, and eventually replaced it with Google Latitude. Other acquisitions include web application company JotSpot, which became Google Sites; Voice over IP company GrandCentral, which became Google Voice; and video hosting service company Next New Networks, which became YouTube Next Lab and Audience Development Group.