I came across this great list of acquisitions by Google over the years, including acquisitions of both companies and individual products.
Among the most notable acquisitions are (in my opinion):
- Pyra Labs (February, 2003) – this is exactly what becomes Blogger. Almost all bloggers I know start out on Blogger, the most widely use free blogging platform; before going for the paid and hosted blogging solution such as WordPress.
- YouTube (November, 2006) – I simply love YouTube’s variety of videos to keep me amused everyday!
- FeedBurner (June 3, 2007) – the most recent company bought by Google, apart from PeakStream.
If you think this page on wikipedia is great, wait until you see Google tells its acquisitions itself! Nice time line, right?