Google gets more guarded about acquisition numbers

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Associated Press

Posted on February 13, 2014 at 4:01 PM

Updated Thursday, Feb 13 at 4:08 PM

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google is becoming more secretive about its acquisitions as the Internet company hunts for promising innovations and engineering talent to help shape the future of technology.

The subtle change surfaced this week in Google's annual report. Google Inc. didn't quantify the total number of deals that it closed last year in the regulatory filing. It marks the first time that the Mountain View, Calif., company has withheld that detail since going public in 2004.

Until now, Google had provided a running tally on how many deals that it had been making each year.

Google didn't respond to requests seeking an explanation for the change in the way it discloses its acquisitions.

Corporate acquisitions expert George Geis says he suspects Google is becoming more guarded for competitive reasons.

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