Google Has Spent Over $1.4 Billion On Acquisitions This Year

SAN FRANCISCO (Dow Jones)–Google Inc. (GOOG) said Wednesday it spent over $1.4 billion on acquisitions in the first nine months of this year, as the Internet search giant seeks to expand into new markets such as local deals and travel services.

Google disclosed in a regulatory filing that it spent $151 million to buy restaurant-reviews company Zagat Survey LLC last month. The Mountain View, Calif., …

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