DOUBLECLICK is a subsidiary of
Google which develops and provides
Internet ad serving services. Its clients include agencies, marketers
Universal McCann ,
AKQA etc.) and publishers who serve customers like
General Motors ,
Motorola , L\'Oréal , Palm,
Apple Inc. , Visa USA, Nike , Carlsberg among others.
DoubleClick's headquarters is in
New York City
New York City ,
United States .
DoubleClick was founded in 1996 by Kevin O\'Connor and Dwight Merriman
It was formerly listed as "DCLK " on the
NASDAQ , and was purchased
by private equity firms
Hellman & Friedman and
JMI Equity in July
2005. In March 2008,
DoubleClick for US$3.1 billion .
* 1 History
* 1.1 Early developments
* 1.2 Acquisition by Google, Inc.
* 2 Criticism
* 3 Products
* 4 Data collection
* 5 See also
* 6 References
* 7 External links
DoubleClick was founded as one of the earliest known Application
Service Provider (ASP) for internet "ad-serving"—primarily banner
ads. After an IPO on the
NASDAQ under the "DCLK" ticker symbol in
early 1998, the company was associated with an internet traffic report
including Yahoo!, AOL, Alta Vista and Excite where the company was
listed within the top 10 internet websites in the world—when it was
delivering as many ad impressions at the time as these early major
internet properties were delivering page views . Its
(Dynamic Advertising Reporting & Targeting) ASP/
technology allowed clear targeting and reporting of ad-serving per
media property for websites within its network and technology sectors.
In 1999, at a cost of US $1.7 billion,
DoubleClick merged with the
Abacus Direct, which works with offline catalog
companies. This raised fears that the combined company would link
anonymous Web-surfing profiles with personally identifiable
information (name, address, telephone number, e-mail, address, etc.)
This merger made waves and was criticized by privacy organizations.
It was discovered that sensitive financial information users entered
on a popular website that offered financial software was being sent to
DoubleClick, which delivered the advertisements. Much of this
controversy was generated by statements made by Jason Catlett of
Junkbusters, who claimed that
DoubleClick was doing and/or intended to
do things that it had never mentioned or included in any planned or
announced service. The
Federal Trade Commission
Federal Trade Commission launched an
investigation into DoubleClick's collection and compilation of
personal information shortly after the
Abacus acquisition, in reaction
DoubleClick announced that it would not merge the DoubleClick
Abacus databases. The FTC concluded its investigation in early
2001. In April 2005,
Hellman & Friedman , a San Francisco-based
private equity firm, announced its intent to acquire the company and
operate it as two separate divisions with two separate CEOs for
TechSolutions and Data Marketing. The deal was closed in July 2005.
Hellman & Friedman announced in December 2006 the sale of
Epsilon Data Management, whose parent company is
ACQUISITION BY GOOGLE, INC.
Google announced on April 13, 2007 that it had come to a definitive
agreement to acquire
DoubleClick for US $3.1 billion in cash. US
lawmakers have investigated possible privacy and antitrust
implications of the proposed acquisition. At hearings,
Microsoft warned of a potential monopolistic
effect. On December 20, 2007, the FTC approved Google's purchase of
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* ^ See In re
DoubleClick Inc. Privacy Litigation, 154 F. Supp. 2d
497, 505–06 (S.D.N.Y. 2001)
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Google to Acquire
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* ^ "US lawmakers plan Google-Doubleclick deal hearings". Reuters.
2007-07-19. Retrieved 2013-11-14.
* ^ Teinowitz, Ira (2007-09-27). "Microsoft:
DoubleClick Deal Will
Bring New Meaning to \'Being Googled\' Digital - Advertising Age".
Adage.com. Retrieved 2013-11-14.
* ^ Bartz, Diane (2007-12-20). "
Google wins antitrust OK to buy
DoubleClick". Reuters. Retrieved 2013-11-14.
* ^ Mills, Elinor (2008-04-02). "
Google to lay off 300 at
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* ^ Penenberg, Adam L. (7 November 2005). "Cookie Monsters" – via
* ^ "Security Problem Reports". November 2013.
* ^ "Google,
Microsoft distribute malware after domain name
trickery". ArsTechnica. Retrieved 28 November 2012.
* ^ "
DoubleClick Buys Performics". iMedia Connection. 2004-05-18.
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