On 1 February 2012 Facebook Inc. filed an S-1 form with the Securities and Exchange Commission confirming one of the world’s most widely anticipated Initial Public Offerings (“IPO”) and the most significant event in Facebook’s history since Harvard sent its acceptance letter to a certain Mr Mark Zuckerberg. If all goes according to plan the social media giant seeks to raise $5 billion in initial funding and would begin trading its stock on either the NYSE or Nasdaq by May 2012.
Google is generally known to be the most acquisition friendly company in the industry. With well over a 100 major take overs since 2001, some well into the billions of dollars. in 2011 Google purchased 25 firms, that is one firm every second week.
For quite a while Google seemed to be going wild and acquiring a lot of startups which are outside their original business sphere of being a search engine. Maybe there plan was to take over the world, who knows, but