Google Pays $625 Million for Email Security Company

Google bought Postini Inc. - the San Carlos, California-based email security company - for $625 million, according to a Bloomberg report today.

The purchase strengthens Google's ability to compete with Microsoft's Outlook product and allow them to market email services to businesses.

``This brings Gmail up to enterprise class, embedding the security,'' said Peter Firstbrook, a research director at Stamford, Connecticut-based Gartner Inc.

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Frank Watson has been involved with the Web since it started. For the past five years, he headed SEM for FXCM -- at one time one of the top 25 spenders with AdWords. He has worked with most of the major analytics companies and pioneered the ability to tie online marketing with offline conversion.

He has now started his own marketing agency, Kangamurra Media. This new venture will keep him busy when he is not editing the Search Engine Watch forums, blogging at a number of authoritative sites, and developing some interesting online community sites.

He was one of the first 100 AdWords Professionals, a Yahoo and Overture Ambassador, and a member or mod of many of the industry forums. He is also on the Click Quality Council and has worked hard to diminish click fraud.