Google Buys VOIP Engine Behind Yahoo, AOL, WebEx, Lotus Conferencing

Larry Dignan, ZDNet:

Google on Tuesday said it will acquire Global IP Solutions Holding, which makes processing software for voice and video over IP, for $68.2 million. The deal means that Google will own the voice and video conferencing engine behind its competitors’ instant messaging systems.

Update: Good follow-up point from Karl Adam on Twitter:

Google’s purchases of GIPS drives home why Apple is so adamant about controlling its technology stack, so that competitors can’t just buy it.

Tuesday, 18 May 2010