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Yahoo Acquires Milewise, GoPollGo For Mobile Team Yahoo Acquires Milewise, GoPollGo For Mobile Team

Yahoo announced that the teams from both Milewise and GoPollGo have joined Yahoo. In an email, a spokesperson said, “Today Milewise and GoPollGo joined the Yahoo! mobile team. GoPollGo created a cool social polling app. The team has joined our …

Facebook Reportedly Getting Ready To Buy Waze Facebook Reportedly Getting Ready To Buy Waze

While we’ve seen nothing official, and Facebook has specifically said that it will not comment on speculation, reports have come out that the company is buying mapping/traffic app Waze for up to $1 billion. TechCrunch points to reports in the …

McAfee Set To Acquire Firewall Provider Stonesoft McAfee Set To Acquire Firewall Provider Stonesoft
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Intel’s antivirus software company, McAfee, is acquiring Stonesoft. The company announced that it has executed a definitive agreement to initiate a conditional tender offer to do so. Stonewall, if you’re unfamiliar, creates firewall products. The deal is worth $389 million. …

Spotify Buys Music Discovery App Tunigo Spotify Buys Music Discovery App Tunigo

Unlike Twitter, Spotify isn’t looking to build an entire standalone music service – they already have that. But they are interested in discovery, like Twitter, and to that end the company has just acquired a Swedish music discovery app called …

Yahoo Makes Yet Another Acquisition With Astrid Grab Yahoo Makes Yet Another Acquisition With Astrid Grab
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Yahoo continues its hiring spree with to-do list application Astrid. Marissa Mayer announced the news on Twitter: Follow @marissamayer marissamayer @marissamayer Welcome to @Yahoo, @astrid!! Excited to have you :). http://t.co/ysNSD67Hej  Reply  ·  Retweet  ·  Favorite9 hours ago via Twitter …

Yahoo Won’t Be Acquiring Dailymotion [Report] Yahoo Won’t Be Acquiring Dailymotion [Report]

Back in March, the Wall Street Journal reported that Yahoo was about to buy a controlling stake in French video site Dailymotion. The company was in said to be in for as much as 75% of the company. The Journal …

T-Mobile MetroPCS Merger Has Been Completed T-Mobile MetroPCS Merger Has Been Completed

Last week, shareholders approved the MetroPCS T-Mobile merger, and today, T-Mobile announced that the deal (the combination of T-Mobile USA and MetroPCS Communications) has been completed. The combined company will be known as simply T-Mobile USA, and will begin trading …

Google Buys Wavii To Improve Natural Language Google Buys Wavii To Improve Natural Language
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Recent reports indicated that Google bought Wavii, a mobile startup, which has received some comparisons to Summly, which Yahoo recently acquired and integrated into its iPhone app. Now, Wavii has confirmed the acquisition. CEO Adrian Aoun says in a note …

MetroPCS T-Mobile Merger Approved By Shareholders MetroPCS T-Mobile Merger Approved By Shareholders

Back in October, Deutsche Telekom and MetroPCS Communications announced that they had signed an agreement to combine T-Mobile and MetroPCS. The new company would retain the T-Mobile name and branding. Today, Reuters reports that MetroPCS shareholders voted to approve the …

Google Buys Wavii, According To Report Google Buys Wavii, According To Report

Google has bought mobile news startup Wavii for over $30 million, according to a report from TechCrunch, who says the news comes from “a legitimate source”. Nothing official has been announced yet. According to TechCrunch’s Alexia Tsotsis, Google was in …

Evan Williams’ Medium Buys Kickstarter Project ‘Matter’ Evan Williams’ Medium Buys Kickstarter Project ‘Matter’

Medium, the current company of Blogger and Twitter co-founder Evan Williams, has acquired Kickstarter-backed journalism startup Matter. For a better idea of what Medium itself is, read this. Matter describes itself as a publication based around a new way to …

$25 Billion Offer From Dish A 13% Premium Over SoftBank’s Sprint Offer $25 Billion Offer From Dish A 13% Premium Over SoftBank’s Sprint Offer

As previously reported, Dish Network announced a proposal on Monday to merge with Sprint Nextel in a deal worth $25.5 billion. According to Dish, the offer is a 13% premium over the pending acquisition by SoftBank announced last year. In …

Google Acquires Team From Funf Creators Behavio Google Acquires Team From Funf Creators Behavio
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Update: Google says it’s just the team joining Google, not an acquisition. Google has apparently acquired Behavio, which received a fair amount of attention at SXSW last year. The startup produced FunF, an “open sensing” framework for Android. This is …

PayPal Acquires Iron Pearl To Help It Grow PayPal Acquires Iron Pearl To Help It Grow

PayPal announced on Thursday that it has acquired Iron Pearl, a customer acquisition startup. Iron Pearl was founded by Stan Chudnovsky and James Currier, who will serve as Vice President of Growth and Growth Advisor, respectively. PayPal says its new …

LinkedIn Acquires News Reader App Pulse for $90M LinkedIn Acquires News Reader App Pulse for $90M

LinkedIn has decided to take another step toward being a platform for news, officially announcing the acquisition of Pulse, the news reader app similar to Flipboard. The transaction is valued at around $90 million, which is at the high-end of …

Facebook Acquires Mobile Startup Osmeta Facebook Acquires Mobile Startup Osmeta

Facebook has quietly acquired mobile software startup Osmeta, according to TechCrunch, which claims to have confirmation from the company. Facebook isn’t talking about its plans for the acquisition, and Osmeta doesn’t actually have a product that’s available. Apparently it’s been …

Google Said To Be In Talks To Acquire WhatsApp (WhatsApp Denies) Google Said To Be In Talks To Acquire WhatsApp (WhatsApp Denies)
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Update: Hope you had that grain of salt with you. WhatsApp says it’s not talking to Google. Rumors are circulating that Google is in talks to acquire WhatsApp. The root appears to be Digital Trends, which cites “an inside source” …

Frommer’s Travel Guides Will Stay Alive as Arthur Frommer Buys Them Back from Google Frommer’s Travel Guides Will Stay Alive as Arthur Frommer Buys Them Back from Google
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After reports that Google had quietly killed the print line of Frommer’s Travel Guides, the guidebooks have been given a new life as their creator has decided to buy back the brand. The AP reports that 83-year-old Arthur Frommer has …

Cisco To Acquire Ubiquisys For $310 Million Cisco To Acquire Ubiquisys For $310 Million

Cisco just announced yet another acquisition. The company announced its intent to acquire privately held Ubiquisys for $310 million in cash and employee retention incentives. Ubiquisys provides 3G and LTE small-cell technologies, and Cisco says the pick-up will further reinforce …

Authors Guild Calls Amazon/Goodreads Deal a ‘Devastating Act of Vertical Integration’ Authors Guild Calls Amazon/Goodreads Deal a ‘Devastating Act of Vertical Integration’

On Thursday Amazon announced its acquisition of Goodreads, the world’s largest site for readers and book recommendations. At its core, Goodreads functioned as a social network for ardent readers. With this acquisition, Amazon has snatched up an independent network that …

Amazon Acquires Book Recommendations Site and Social Network Goodreads Amazon Acquires Book Recommendations Site and Social Network Goodreads
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Amazon has just announced that they are acquiring Goodreads, “the world’s largest site for readers and book recommendations.” Good reads launched in 2007 and since then has built up a user base of 16 million members, who have added 525 …