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These Drones Will Reportedly Join Google’s Robot Army

So remember how Facebook was going to buy those Titan Aerospace drones? It appears Google has swept in to buy them instead. According to The Wall Street Journal, Google has agreed to buy Titan Aerospace to utilize the drones to collect imagery, presumably for Google Maps. Here’s a look at Titan’s high-flying, solar-powered aerial vehicles: These and future models should …

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FTC to Facebook: Don’t Screw with User Privacy After WhatsApp Acquisition

Today, Facebook Chief Privacy Officer Erin Egan and WhatsApp General Counsel Anne Hoge received a diplomatic, but pointed letter from Jessica Rich, the Federal Trade Commussion’s Bureau of Consumer Protection head. And the TL;DR version is this: don’t screw with user privacy when this acquisition goes through (and if you do, you have to let them know and make it …

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Twitter Acquires Cover, Keeps It Alive (For Now)

Cover, an Android lockscreen app, announced that it has been acquired by Twitter. It’s unclear exactly what Twitter intends to do with it, but the app will remain active at least for now. In a blog post (via TechCrunch), the Cover team writes: Twitter, like Cover, believes in the incredible potential of Android. They share our vision that smartphones can …

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Report: Klout Acquisition Official

Last month, we learned that Klout was to be acquired by Lithium Technologies after Re/Code broke the news, which was never actually confirmed. Now, it’s been confirmed. CNN reports, “It’s official,” and says the deal is valued at about $200 million.Re/Code originally had it at over $100 million. Still no official announcement from Klout or Lithium. The news originally came …

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Facebook Acquires Oculus VR For $2 Billion

When you woke up this morning, did you think Facebook would be acquiring the leader in virtual reality technology? Me neither, but here we are. Mark Zuckerberg announced this afternoon that Facebook would be acquiring Oculus VR – the makers of the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset – for $2 billion. The company has been working on the Oculus Rift …

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Dell Acquires Analytics Company StatSoft

Dell today announced that it has acquired StatSoft, an analytics solutions company that specialized in predictive analytics software, data mining, and data visualization. According to Dell’s announcement the acquisition will put StatSoft and its experts into Dell’s big data division, increasing the company’s data management and optimization solutions offerings. The terms of the acquisition agreement have not been made public. …

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Microsoft Expects Nokia Deal To Close Next Month

Microsoft announced on Sunday night that its big Nokia deal is nearing the final stages, but won’t be completed until next month. The company has already received approval from regulatory bodies in 15 markets on five continents, but is awaiting confirmation in “final markets”. Brad Smith, General Counsel & Executive Vice President, Legal & Corporate Affairs at Microsoft wrote on …

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Comcast/Time Warner Merger Now Being Reviewed by Multiple States As Well

When the largest company in any arena announces plans to purchase the second-largest company in the same arena, you can hear whatever crumb of competition that currently exists slowly falling from the market. It sounds like the faint cries of men, women, and children, pleading for Google Fiber to save them. It’s really a sad sound. Total bummer. This clearly …

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WhatsApp ‘Sets Record Straight’ On Facebook Acquisition

A little less than a month ago, Facebook announced that it is acquiring WhatsApp for about $19 billion. There have been countless articles about what this deal will mean for WhatsApp users in the meantime, and apparently WhatsApp hasn’t been too fond of a lot of that coverage. CEO and co-founder Jan Koum took the company blog today to express …

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Google-Backed Renaissance Learning Gets Acquired

One of the first three companies to get money from Google Capital announced today that it is being acquired. Learning analytics company Renaissance Learning will be acquired by Hellman & Friedman for $1.1 billion. Google announced the launch of Google Capital last month. It’s the company’s investment fund for growth-stage businesses (as opposed to those just starting out, which is …

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Google Acquires Part Of Green Throttle Games

Guitar Hero creator Charles Huang (along with Matt Crowley and Karl Townsend) announced the launch of Green Throttle Games roughly a year and a half ago to focus on gaming hardware. Its first project was a controller for Android devices. Now, news is out that Google has acquired some of the company’s staff (including Crowley and Townsend) and some assets. …

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Yahoo Acquires Vizify For Data Visualization

Yahoo has acquired data visualization company Vizify, which turns social media data into infographic, video and card formats. Vizify announced the news on its blog: We started Vizify in 2011 with the vision of transforming the information that we all consume and create every day into something more beautiful and personal. We were awed and grateful to see this vision …

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