All Quiet On The DoubleClick Front… Or Not

from the war-games dept

Just last week, there was a flurry of news about how Microsoft and Google were in a bidding war for DoubleClick, the onetime leader in internet advertising. According to people that were apparently close to the situation (always to be taken with a grain of salt), Microsoft had put in a bid for the company, only to be outbid by Google. Since then, however, there’s been no news at all on the situation. Larry Dignan throws out some interesting possibilities of what might be going on here. One scenario is that one of the parties has basically secured a deal, but there’s still some details to be worked out. It’s also possible that Google only feigned interest in DoubleClick so that it could get an inside look at its operations. Another likely situation is that Microsoft and Google are basically fighting a war of words. Instead of actually being interested in acquiring DoubleClick, the two sides might be throwing out feelers just to see how the other side responds. DoubleClick isn’t nearly as important as it used to be, but it’s still big enough that both companies may not want the other to get its hands on it. Of course, unfulfilled acquisition rumors are thrown out on a daily basis, so it remains possible that the story is completely groundless, in which case DoubleClick’s private equity owners better hope that the company’s plan to be the NASDAQ of internet advertising takes off. Update: It turns out that the deal has materialized, and Google is the winner. It’s paying a whopping $3.1 billion for the company, making it by far the biggest acquisition in the company’s history; that’s nearly twice as much as it paid for YouTube.


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Erstazi (user link) says:

Re: Hosts file

If the basic user knew how to edit the HOST file (either Windows or *nux [I suspect that most *nix users know how to edit a host file]), there wouldn’t be much left to the internet advertising business. Some sites, like myspace (poor example), rely on ads. Personally, my HOST file is well used. Even before, I never clicked ads and I don’t see how majority of the people out there would really click ads.

Mike Andersen says:

Purchasing evil for $3.1 billion

I have faith that Google can turn it around, put new senior management in place that will enable it to keep a majority of it’s prime customers and loose some of the dead weight that gives DoubleClick it’s negative image. Besides, they have offices in Colorado, Illinois, and New York that will probably be migrated to the MountainView campus… That’s a lot of people who may have to relocate, or be replaced with senior staff at Google.

Take heed to the 80/20 rule- I imagine 20% of the accounts make up 80% of DoubleClick’s negative reputation.

MIKE says:

Most evil ba******s on the planet

Apart from the RIAA Double click are evil but you cant kill it the devil would lose his job. They are the responsible for 1/2 of the malware spyware that attempts to reach my computers which I am pleased to say gets droped before it can do damage. Whats Goooooogle want with them?????

Anonymous Coward says:

Erstazi, re editing your hosts file – an internet company as big as Google owns millions of IP addresses. It would be easy to build a system where each ad served comes from a different IP. You could surf for a lifetime and every ad you see could come from a different ‘place’. Ad blocking is a temporary solution and won’t work for long. Would you rather PAY for all this great content???

So Google went ahead and bought doubleclick?!? How did a techdirt reader know at 2:42pm???!!! Different Timezones?

Will it be doublegoo.com or goobleclick.com ?

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