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In Silicon Valley, Google Tops Cisco in Start-up Acquisitions This Year

That’s five till now for Google, versus the traditional topper Cisco, which bought four, according to VentureWire. For years Cisco has been the most prolific acquirer of venture-backed start-ups, pocketing 22 such companies since 2004, according to VentureOne data. And the varied range of companies Google is buying is also impressive: Peakstream, a maker of software for running powerful computers; FeedBurner, the RSS metrics firm; Greenborder, a maker of software that protects PCs and corporate networks from malicious emails; Marratech, a producer of software for video conferencing over the Internet; and Adscape Media, the in-game ad firm. There’s probably at least half-dozen others, if not more, in the pipeline (well, then there’s DoubleClick, still pending).