How do you know 4.5 B wasn't a lowball bid? GOOG has the best brains that money can but. It's quite possible that the patents were more valuable than Rockstar thought they were.
It's not that simple...and GOOG isn't that dumb. GOOG software people probably looked at all the patents and the detailed diagrams prior to making their bid. Then they decided on their bid. Without doubt they could have won at the auction, if they were serious about obtaining the patents. Just speculating, but they thought that they didn't need all the patents because they were already working on something similar already. So they low-balled. When they lost, they continued working on similar software and one thing led to another.
Here's the solution to insider trading, if trader is caught, cut off their hands. That's what they did with thieves in ancient China. It worked like a charm.
Perhaps without the cheating they would have had only 2 billion. Common sense tells you, that if you were caught one time, it's likely they got away with it 9 other times. It's difficult to believe the only time they got insider information, they got caught.
No biggie...my entire portfolio consists of options. A large portion of these are GOOG and BIDU. I'm up far more than you are during the last 3 weeks. I'm expecting to make a lot more irregardless of whether GOOG or BIDU going up or down. I'm a swing trader and whenever possible I take profits. Also, my positions are getting larger and larger, so it is actually getting easier and easier to make a profit.
A civilized country needs to provide medical care to everyone. It is a basic human right. Obamacare may have it's problems but they will work out the bugs.
"...daily 15 point movements," I suppose you're exaggerating to make a point. But on Fridays GOOG does tend to trade flatter, I attribute this to generally lower volume and not to OEX.
Are you kidding me...when they announce the stock split we're going up another 10%.
Android is probably patented or trademarked so that when a smartphone manufacturer wants to use the software they have to pay a licensing fee to GOOG. It's free to the app developer but expensive to the manufacturer.