Google buys eBook Technologies
Washington (AFP) Jan 13, 2011
Google, which opened an online bookstore last month, said Thursday that it has acquired eBook Technologies, a company which makes digital reading products.
Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
"We are happy to welcome eBook Technologies' team to Google," a Google spokeswoman said in a statement.
"Together, we hope to deliver richer reading experiences on tablets, electronic readers and other portable devices," she said.
In a statement on the company website, eBook Technologies said it was "excited to announce that we have been acquired by Google.
"Working together with Google will further our commitment to providing a first-class reading experience," said eBook Technologies, which offers e-book readers and an e-reading platform.
With the opening of Google eBookstore in the United States last month, the Internet search giant jumped into the booming e-book market long dominated by Kindle-maker Amazon.
Google eBookstore features the Mountain View, California-based company's massive library of digitized works online at books.google.com.
Hundreds of thousands of digital books from leading publishers such as Macmillan, Random House and Simon & Schuster will be for sale in the eBookstore, which Google said will expand internationally next year.
Digital books sold through the eBookstore can be read on the Sony Reader, the "Nook" from Barnes & Noble and other dedicated e-readers but not on the popular Kindle from Amazon.
US spending on e-books is expected to total 966 million dollars this year, up from 301 million dollars last year, and to reach 2.81 billion dollars in 2015, according to market research firm Forrester.
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However, the solution did not include providing access to corporate e-mail services, Research In Motion (RIM) said in a statement.
India had given RIM until January 31 to come up with a solution that would permit its intelligence agencies to monitor encrypted data -- amid concerns in New Delhi that militants may use the services to plan and carry out attacks.
In its statement, RIM said its revised access capability "meets the standard required by the government of India for all consumer messaging services".
Indian agencies will now be able to monitor the BlackBerry's messenger and public email services, but not corporate emails, the statement added.
RIM's representatives have met home and telecommunications ministry officials repeatedly in an effort to end a three-year deadlock over the issue.
Banning the service would create disruption for India's corporations, which widely use the BlackBerry. The smartphone has 1.1 million users in India, including many non-corporate clients.
Ministry officials in New Delhi were not available to comment on the RIM announcement.
India's minister of state for communications Sachin Pilot had told parliament last month that no answer to the standoff had been found.
The January 31 date was the third time that the government has extended the deadline for BlackBerry to meet its requirements.
In October, the United Arab Emirates withdrew a threatened ban on Blackberry services after saying they had been brought into compliance with the Gulf state's regulatory framework, though it did not provide details of the changes.
Ultra-conservative Saudi Arabia made a similar announcement last year when it decided not to impose a proposed ban.
India has also told Google and Skype that they must set up servers in the country to allow law enforcers to screen traffic, as the country widens its security offensive on Internet communications firms.
BlackBerry has become a global market leader in the smartphone sector thanks to its heavy encryption, and analysts say any compromise with the Indian government could damage its popularity with its high-profile clientele.
RIM said Monday it would start filtering web services in Indonesia after the mainly Muslim country threatened to restrict or block the company's domestic services to prevent access to Internet pornography.
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