Over the last six weeks, Google (NSDQ: GOOG) has bought up four startups — and the company’s holiday shopping spree is showing no signs of slowing down. On the heels of Thursday’s news that Google was close to a deal to buy up Yelp for more than $500 million, are reports that Google is looking closely at two more companies. (Update: After this was posted, TechCrunch said the Yelp deal isn’t happening.) A run-down of the latest chatter:
– DocVerse: TechCrunch‘s Michael Arrington says Google is close to purchasing document collaboration startup DocVerse for $25 million. DocVerse lets people collaborate in real-time using Microsoft (NSDQ: MSFT) Office. That doesn’t seem like something that Google would want to help Microsoft out with, considering online collaboration is a major selling point of Google’s own Docs and Wave. So, it would seem that Google is trying to get DocVerse’s talent, which includes Shan Sinha, who drove product strategy for Microsoft’s SharePoint and SQL Server.
– Trulia: Kara Swisher at AllThingsD says that Google is in talks to buy real estate search engine Trulia, which she says is valued at between $150 million and $200 million. Google’s interest comes as the company has expanded its own real estate listings on Google Maps, which presumably could be bolstered by buying Trulia.
So, what else might Google be eyeing? So far, Google’s acquisitions not been focused. The company