Interesting acquisition, I suspect that they're going to continue to buy more companies like this. They need more reviews in their Google Places, for example.
Google bolsters local with purchase of Zagat which provides authority reviews about restaurants, hotels and nightclubs.
Read more: Official Google Blog: Google just got ZAGAT Rated!
Google has like 36 BILLION dollars OUTSIDE the USA.
They got bucks to buy a lot of sites and businesses.
Then the money in the USA...plus what they got from their latest bond sale (believe that is it).
Again, they can buy a lot of sites and businesses.
Think about it.
Why be a one horse show when you can expand?
Hopefully they turn it into something better than yelp!
I think google does this to stop new threats. Before this small site become their competitor Google offer big money and buys them.