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Google Buys Tallest Office Building In Dublin
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In 2003, Google opened its first office in Ireland, and following a rapid expansion, it doesn’t look like the company intends to reverse course anytime soon.  Google’s now purchased the tallest office building in Dublin for about $136 million.

The Montevetro Building, as it’s known, is 15 stories high and offers 210,000 square feet of office space.  It’s located in Dublin’s Grand Canal Dock district, is currently unoccupied, and even has its own rail station to boot.

Facebook Establishes New Sales Office In Hong Kong
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Facebook’s ad sales in Asia should soon pick up by a significant amount.  The company’s opened a new office in Hong Kong, and it means to make sure local firms learn all about using social media to reach potential customers.

This undertaking might not be immediately successful.  The Hong Kong office is only Facebook’s second sales office in Asia (the other’s in Singapore), so companies could need a little while to perform tests and get used to Facebook’s way of doing things.

San Fran Tax Incentives May Lure Twitter Into Rough Part Of Town

Twitter employees who like to plan for the future might want to start researching the price of mace, tasers, and/or stab vests.  Rumors indicate that the mayor of San Francisco intends to offer Twitter a deal on office space, only the space is located in a less-than-pleasant part of town.

Facebook Schedules HQ Announcement For Feb. 8th

If you happen to live in California and know any Facebook employees, consider saving cardboard boxes and bubble wrap for them.  The company’s poised to make a big announcement about establishing a new headquarters, scheduling a media event for Tuesday, February 8th.

Yahoo And Zillow Partner On Real Estate
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Yahoo said today that all of its real estate listings will now be powered by Zillow.

Zillow will also sell local advertising on both sites, and the 4 million listings on Zillow will appear on Yahoo Real Estate.

Yahoo-Zillow Real estate agents will be able to advertise locally on Yahoo Real Estate, and home buyers will have more access to listings on the site along with more photos.

Facebook Buys Menlo Park Buildings
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Current and potential Facebook employees who are weighing their options should set aside any concerns about lack of elbow space.  Although things might be getting tight at the company’s current headquarters, reports indicate Facebook has bought two new buildings.

Google Waves White Flag In Real Estate Fight
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The people behind sites like Realtor.com, Redfin, and Trulia can breathe a sigh of relief and perhaps throw a party.  They seem to have defeated Google, which announced this afternoon that it’s retiring the real estate feature within Google Maps.

Google Leases 100,000 Square Feet Of Space In Venice, CA
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Yesterday, Google announced that it intends to hire more than 6,000 new employees this year.  Now, we’re starting to learn where the search giant will put some of its workers, as word’s spread that Google’s leased 100,000 square feet of office space in Venice, California.

Google Buying NY Office Building For $1.9 Billion
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An odd rumor that circulated in late October has now been confirmed.  Search and advertising giant Google is getting into real estate, signing a contract to buy an extremely large office building in New York City for about $1.9 billion.

Google Opens New Pittsburgh Office

People who enjoy gawking at Google’s "creative" workspaces now have on more area to look over.  This morning, Google officially opened an office in Pittsburgh, and the 40,000-square-foot environment is hard to mistake for any other company’s property.

Facebook Said To Rent Space On Madison Avenue

Google and Facebook are often mentioned in the same breath these days, and now it seems that Facebook, like Google, may be interested in the New York real estate market.  Rumor has it Facebook’s leased some space at 335 Madison Avenue.

AOL Sells Office Buildings And Land For $144.5 Million

AOL said today it is selling  four of its office buildings it no longer uses and two undeveloped pieces of land on its Dulles, Virginia campus to CB Richard Ellis Realty Trust for $144.5 million.

Artie-Minson AOL said as of today it has approximately $750 million of cash on hand.

Hulu To Open Development Center In Seattle

Amazon, Expedia, Redfin, and Zillow may want to hold an employee appreciation day in the near future.  Hulu announced today that it will open a development center in Seattle – which is where those organizations are headquartered – and the company is also looking to increase its headcount.

Zillow Partners With Aparments.com On Rental Listings
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Real estate website Zillow.com said today it has partnered with Apartments.com to bring the rental website’s database of 90,000 apartment listings to Zillow.

Apartments.com rental listings include home details, photos, floor plans, and property manager contact information.

Yahoo Canada Partners With Zoocasa

Canadians with an interest in real estate should now get more use out of the Yahoo homepage.  Yahoo Canada has partnered with a company called Zoocasa to launch a new application that’s located right by eBay- and Facebook-related apps.

Zoocasa is supposed to be Canada’s fastest-growing real estate site, and a statement issued by Yahoo explained, "Now the more than 17 million Canadians who visit Yahoo! every month will be able to search for a new home, research local neighbourhoods and receive updates about properties that fit their personal profile . . ."

Google To Establish New Ops Center In Ireland

The number of people Google employs in Ireland should soon grow by 200.  Google’s announced that it intends to establish a new operations center in the country, and the company’s wasting no time in getting it up and running.

AOL Offers Former Google Offices To Startups
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AOL’s managed to tempt a number of employees away from Google over the past couple of years, with the list including names like Tim Armstrong, Caroline Campbell, Tim Castelli, Erin Clift, David Eun, Kristin Kovner, Jeff Levick, Jeff Reynar, and Maureen Sullivan.  Now, it looks like AOL will – with Google’s approval – take some office space, too.

Yahoo And Zillow Partner On Real Estate Ad Deal
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Yahoo and Zillow.com have partnered to create a real estate advertising network, bringing together the second and third most trafficked property websites.

The move expands on existing partnership between Yahoo and Zillow that began in 2006, when Yahoo integrated Zillow’s home valuations on its own real estate site. The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Facebook Gears Up For Big Expansion In India
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It’s full speed ahead for Facebook in India.  The company’s new office in the country is supposed to open within two months, and when it is running at full capacity, reports indicate that the office is supposed to accommodate a whopping 500 or so employees.

Google Maps UK Gets Property Search

People who are in search of a place to live in the UK have a new ally in Google.  This morning, the search giant introduced a "Properties" option on Google Maps UK, allowing users to see and sort through many of the houses and apartments/flats that are available for sale or rent.

As you might gather from the screenshot below, the "Properties" feature isn’t omniscient; some largish empty spaces exist on the map where it’s hard to imagine at least one residence isn’t unoccupied.

Yahooplex Plans Greenlit
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Yahoo’s cleared a significant hurdle on the path to building a new headquarters.  The Santa Clara City Council has approved its proposal to construct a 3-million-square-foot campus, although whether Yahoo intends to move forward with the idea is now very much unknown.