If you can't beat 'em, you may as well buy 'em.
Blogging isn't new to Google. It acquired Blogger.com before blogging went mainstream. Asian acquisitions, on the other hand, are foreign to Big G.
Google isn't like its nearest rival. Yahoo!
That may change. Google hasn't been able to close the gap in China with market leader Baidu.com
In Asia, it usually pays to have local partners. Just ask eBay
It's not always the solution, but for now at least, the international growth strategy for any major dot-com is fairly simple: If you can't bury the competition, buy the competition.
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Longtime Fool contributor Rick Munarriz doesn't know what price he would fetch in a buyout, but he's always been a cheap date. He does not own shares in any of the stocks in this story. He is also part of the Rule Breakers newsletter research team, seeking out tomorrow's ultimate growth stocks a day early. The Fool has a disclosure policy.