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Google on a buying spree this festive season

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Google has already acquired more than 50 companies this year. And now before this festive season, the Internet giant has acquired two startups – ‘Apture’ and ‘Katango’. The acquisitions will help Google to enhance the user experience for its browser and social networking services. Apture basically focuses on providing instant access to information with the in-page search technology that will help Google for its web browser – ‘Chrome’.

Katango builds algorithms for sorting friends that improves online social interaction, which will help Google with their social networking platform ‘Google Plus’ to organize circles in a smarter way. Google has bought more than 100 companies and many of which have been startup firms in the past few years to enhance the user experience.

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Microsoft acquired Skype

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Software giant Microsoft has acquired ‘Skype’, an Internet communication company in $8.5 billion and announced the acquisition on October 14, 2011. Microsoft acquired SkypeIt has been the largest ever acquisition deal for Microsoft to buy the amazing brand that is used extensively by millions of people around the world to stay connected with family, friends and clients. Skype has more than 600 million people as their registered users. It is expected that Skype CEO ‘Tony Bates’ will head the Skype Division in Microsoft for bringing together the best of Microsoft and of Skype.

In the future, it is expected that Skype will be integrated across different Microsoft products to broaden Skype’s reach and make it as a fundamental way for people to communicate online. So, may be in the next release of Windows Operating System, users will be able to use Skype and communicate using this great VoIP service.

Google Plus may help Google’s Real Time Search

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After the differences in agreement with twitter, Google’s Realtime Search was down in July 2011. Twitter discontinued the access to its warehouse of data and without twitter stream of results and updates, the product was less useful. Google’s real time search used to gain much traffic especially during major world events, which displayed relevant data from Twitter, Facebook and other social media services in real time.

But now Google is confident to bring back this feature and is actively working to add the data from Google+ and other real time sources. Now, we have to wait and watch when Google will start its real time search after integrating the Google plus results.

Facebook surpasses eBay and Amazon

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Facebook, after surpassing Google for the most visited website in US, has now become the second largest web company with an estimated valuation of about USD 100 billion, which is greater than eBay or Amazon. Now, the Facebook is placed just after Google. Last year, Facebook surpassed ebay and now in 2011, it surpassed Amazon and continue to grow at a very fast pace. Though, Facebook is not yet public, but based on private-market transactions, Facebook has an estimated value of USD 100 billion.

Within hours of this news, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg announced the great news. Last year, when it surpassed eBay, Mark Zuckerberg introduced an improved messaging platform to provide users an application that envelopes e-mail, instant messages, Facebook messages and SMS in a single thread. If a user is conversing over Facebook chat, and later switches over to a mobile device, the conversation stays in the same place, except it is being sent through SMS. So, this year we have to see what new is in store for the users.

Is Facebook trying to overtake Google or at least Gmail by launching the latest email service? Well, with the pace facebook is going it may take just couple of years to overtake Google and become the largest web company.

PayPal Account Review

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PayPal is a global leader in online payment solutions. It is similar to digital wallet, using which you can make a payment. Your PayPal account securely stores bank account and credit card information for easy and faster online transactions. With PayPal account, you can make as well as receive payments for the services or products you offer to the clients. When someone sends you money through PayPal, you can easily transfer this money to your linked bank account. So, you do not need to go to bank to deposit the checks; just login to PayPal account and transfer the money.

Is PayPal Secure?
In short, answer is ‘Yes’. PayPal does not share financial information with retailers and it also protects you for Unauthorized Purchases. It also refunds for items that never arrive or the shipment received was different than ordered. Check out the below page to learn more about PayPal Purchase Protection:

https://cms.paypal.com/us/cgi-bin/?cmd=_render-content&content_ID=security/safe_online_shopping

PayPal Fees
Opening an account on PayPal is free and it does not require you to pay any fees for making payments within US. But PayPal charges you to receive payments or to make payments outside US. Visit the PayPal website to know more about the PayPal fee structure.

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PayPal Account Types
PayPal offers several types of accounts for different needs. Setting up an account does not incur any cost, no matter which account you choose and you may upgrade your account whenever you feel.

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