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All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘Acquisitions ’

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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Google Acquires Stackdriver For Cloud Platform

Google announced on Wednesday that it has acquired Stackdriver, a provider of cloud monitoring services. “Stackdriver has built a leading service to help developers intelligently monitor the apps and services they’re building and running in the cloud,” says Google product manager Tom Kershaw. “This allows customers to have more visibility into errors, performance, behavior, and operations. The teams are going …

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Google Acquires Restaurant Info Service Appetas

Google has acquired Appetas, a service that lets restaurants showcase their menus across devices. Restaurant owners can keep their info up to date on their own. Or at least they could. Google is shutting the service down as it takes the team behind to work on its own offerings. A message on the Appetas site says: We started Appetas to …

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Google Adds Adometry For New Analytics Tools

Google announced that it has acquired Adometry, which will become part of its Analytics offerings. Adometry is an advanced marketing attribution and cross-channel optimization solutions provider. More on what it’s all about here. Google Analytics had this to say on Google+: Adometry is joining Google, where they will build on the momentum of our existing measurement and analytics offerings, which …

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AT&T Said To Seek DirecTV Acquisition

First Comcast and Time Warner proposed a merger, which is still going through the regulatory rounds. Now, according to The Wall Street Journal, AT&T is considering acquiring DirecTV in a deal it says would be worth at least $40 billion. The report cites people familiar with the situation. WSJ’s Shalini Ramachandran and Thomas Gryta report: The approach has come since …

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Microsoft Now Officially Owns Nokia’s Devices & Services Business

Well, it’s official. Microsoft announced on Friday (as expected) that it has completed its acquisition of Nokia’s Devices and Services business. It’s been approved by shareholders, and all the government regulatory bodies. Microsoft can now go forward full-throttle with its plans for the buy. CEO Satya Nadella said, “Today we welcome the Nokia Devices and Services business to our family. …

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Facebook Is Buying Exercise-Tracking App Moves

Facebook is acquiring ProtoGeo Oy, makers of the Moves app. The story was reported earlier by the Wall Street Journal, and the Moves blog announces that the company is joining Facebook. “Since we launched Moves, we’ve been focused on running a simple and clean activity diary that millions of people have enjoyed using,” the announcement says. “Now, we’re joining Facebook’s …

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Etsy Announces Acquisition Of Grand St.

Etsy announced on Wednesday that it is acquiring creative technology marketplace Grand St. Its team, including co-founders Amanda Peyton, Joe Lallouz, and Aaron Henshaw, will join the company. Grand St. gives makers of hardware products a place to list their creations. It reviews and approves all listings before they go live, so not everything submitted appears. Customers can pre-order items …

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WhatsApp Hits 500 Million Users, 700 Million Photos Shared Daily

Messaging app WhatsApp has just announced a huge milestone–they’ve topped half a billion “regular, active” users. And those users are sharing more than 700 million photos and 100 million videos every day. “Thanks to all of you, half a billion people around the world are now regular, active WhatsApp users. In the last few months, we’ve grown fastest in countries …

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Microsoft To Close Nokia Devices And Services Acquisition, Signs Licensing Agreement With Motorola

In 2011, Microsoft and Nokia partnered to create a “third” smartphone horse in the race against Apple and Android. In September, it became more than a partnership when the two companies announced that Microsoft would buy Nokia’s Devices & Services business, and bring Nokia CEO and former Microsoft employee Stephen Elop back to Microsoft. Shareholders approved the deal in November, …

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