All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘Acquisitions ’

Apple Officially Announces Beats Acquisition

You knew it was coming, but now it’s official. Apple just made the announcement that it has agreed to acquire Beats Music and Beats Electronics. Co-founders Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre will be joining the company. The price is approximately $2.6 billion and approximately $400 million that will vest over time. “Music is such an important part of all of …

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Microsoft Acquires App Analytics Company Capptain

Microsoft announced today that it has acquired Capptain, a platform for app developers that combines analytics with push notifications and in-app messaging campaigns. Here it is in a nutshell: Microsoft will integrate Capptain with Azure. “With Capptain’s solution, organizations can analyze customer and employee behavior in real-time, and respond by pushing targeted messages, announcements, information or offers,” says Microsoft’s Omar …

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Google Said To Be Close To $1 Billion Skybox Imaging Acquisition

Google is on the verge of acquiring Skybox Imaging, a satellite company, for over $1 billion, according to a report from TechCrunch. This isn’t the first time the two companies have been reported to be in talks. The Information reported last month that the two were in early discussions. Now, according to TechCrunch, the talks are in the advanced stage, …

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Twitter Reportedly Backs Out of SoundCloud Talks

Just a day after reports emerged that Twitter was mulling a purchase of music streaming and sharing site SoundCloud, The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Twitter has backed out of those talks. They quote a source familiar with the matter who claims Twitter felt, quite simply, that the numbers didn’t add up. From the WSJ: The short-messaging service chose …

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Comcast, Time Warner Still the Most Hated as Regulators Weigh Merger

The American Customer Satisfaction Index, a gigantic (80,000 or so) annual survey that asks Americans about their satisfaction with certain companies and areas of the national economy, has once again shown that people really, really hate Comcast and Time Warner Cable. You know, those two companies that are trying to merge right now. This year, Comcast’s TV service fell five …

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Twitter Reportedly Mulling SoundCloud Purchase

After failing to create enough interest in their own music app to keep it alive, Twitter is reportedly considering a deal to acquire popular music sharing service SoundCloud. According to sources familiar with both companies who spoke with ReCode, Twitter is considering the deal, which would likely be the company’s largest to date. Recently, SoundCloud was valued at around $700 …

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Google Acquires Divide To Get Android In The Enterprise

Google has made another acquisition. This time it’s Divide, which provides a platform combining cloud-based management and device-level technology to help companies “get the most out of mobile technology and corporate BYOD policies”. Thrilled to announce @Divide is joining Google. We will continue to provide the best mobile experience at work. http://t.co/YYsdKma6xX — Divide (@divide) May 19, 2014 Google was …

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AT&T Officially Buying DirecTV For Nearly $50 Billion

After weeks of rumor and speculation, AT&T has officially announced that it will acquire DirecTV in a stock-and-cash transaction for $95 per share based on AT&T’s Friday closing price, putting it at $48.5 billion. The deal will still face regulator approval, but it has been approved unanimously by the Boards of Directors of both companies. It will be reviewed by …

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Yahoo Buys Blink, Will Shut It Down

Yahoo has acquired Blink, one of those “self-destructing chat” apps. The app, however, is going away, as Yahoo takes the talent behind it. We're excited to announce that Blink is now part of Yahoo! Thanks to all of our users. http://t.co/dU3lOqJRXI — Blink (@blinkapp) May 13, 2014 A post on the Blink blog says: We’re excited to announce that as …

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Apple Is Buying Beats Because It Has an Assload of Money (Says Funny or Die)

The big rumor in the tech world this week is that Apple is in talks to acquire Beats Electronics, makers of the Beats by Dre headphones and recent launcher of a streaming music service. The news came out of left field, and left many analysts scrambling to figure out just what the hell was going on. Beats is a very …

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AT&T/DirecTV Deal Reportedly Just Weeks Away

Earlier this month, reports indicated that AT&T was considering acquiring DirecTV in a deal that would be worth at least $40 billion. The merger would create a entity that would serve roughly 26 million subscribers. At the time, there was no indication on how far along the talks were, but sources said that DirectTV was open to deal. Now, The …

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Hillshire Farm Buys Pinnacle Foods For $6.6 Billion

Hillshire Brands, the food company behind Jimmy Dean Sausages, Ball Park hot dogs, and Sara Lee frozen pies, today announced that it will be acquiring food company Pinnacle Foods. Hillshire will acquire all outstanding shares of Pinnacle stock for approximately $4.3 billion. Including Pinnacle’s debt, the deal is valued at around $6.6 billion. Pinnacle foods is best known for its …

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