Deal Roundup for April 20: Hitwise; Marratech; Social Networking Patent

Hitwise Acquired by Experian

Hitwise , the company that performs analysis of log files from 25 million worldwide ISP accounts to provide relative market share graphs for web properties, has been acquired by Experian for $240 million [via Dave McClure and Marketing Pilgrim… ]

Google Acquires Marratech; Gets Into WebEx Territory

After reporting a monster fiscal quarter (the company has close to $12 billion in cash sitting around now and has hired nearly 2,000 new employees this year), Google made a quiet announcement on its corporate blog tonight – they’ve acquired Swedish startup Marratech for an undisclosed price. This is the first I’ve heard of Marratech, which is broadly in the e-meeting space and certainly competes with WebEx (recently acquired by Cisco for $3.2 billion). Users are able to communicate via text chat, VOIP and video, and share applications in a virtual meeting.

Mobile Social Networking Patent Sells for $2.6 Million

The patent embedded below is extremely valuable: it just sold for $2.6 million. At 3pm on Thursday, this US patent (number 6,618,593) sold at the Union League Club of Chicago, and that price made it one of the biggest bids recorded for intellectual property during a live auction. The patent covers mobile social networking – set to be one of the hottest tech markets this year.

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