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Square Acquires 80/20 (Former Apple And Adobe Designers) Square Acquires 80/20 (Former Apple And Adobe Designers)

Square has acquired interface design company 80/20. 80/20 posted the following message to its site: At 80/20, we’ve been fortunate to work on amazing products and platforms. In every project, we’ve started with the belief that the best design gets …

Dell Officially Acquires Quest Software Dell Officially Acquires Quest Software

Like HP and other PC manufacturers in the post-iPhone tech era, Dell is hedging its bets by investing in software and security services. Today Dell announced its acquisition of Quest Software has been completed. Quest is an IT management software …

Cisco Acquires ThinkSmart Technologies And Its Location Analytics Cisco Acquires ThinkSmart Technologies And Its Location Analytics

Cisco announced today that it has acquired ThinkSmart Technologies, an Ireland-based location analytics technology company. Cisco’s Hilton Romanski had this to say about the news in a blog post: The widespread proliferation of mobile devices and services provides opportunities for …

Lenovo Acquires Cloud Computing Company Stoneware Lenovo Acquires Cloud Computing Company Stoneware

Lenovo announced today that it has acquired cloud computing services company Stoneware Inc. Lenovo states that cloud computing solutions are now a key component of its product portfolio. The company expects the acquisition to speed along its offerings, particularly “the …

Oracle Acquires SelectMinds, Launches Retail Mobile PoS, Banking Platform Oracle Acquires SelectMinds, Launches Retail Mobile PoS, Banking Platform

Oracle announced that it is acquiring cloud-based talent sourcing app maker SelectMinds. The company’s apps provide tools for businesses in recruiting, hiring, and employee social connections. “Recruiting candidates through employee referrals is widely acknowledged as the most effective method to …

Dice Holdings Buys Slashdot, SourceForge and Freecode For $20 Million Dice Holdings Buys Slashdot, SourceForge and Freecode For $20 Million

Dice Holdings has acquired the online media business of Geeknet. This includes such notable tech sites as Slashdot, SourceForge and Freecode. The acquisition price is $20 million, which the companies say is the same amount the properties generated in revenue …

Google Acquires iPad App Of The Year Snapseed (And Its Makers Nik Software) Google Acquires iPad App Of The Year Snapseed (And Its Makers Nik Software)

Google has acquired Nik Software, makers of Snapseed (among other products). Snapseed was reportedly named Apple’s iPad app fo the year in 2011, and it gives Google a good Instagram competitor. Here’s a look at the app: Nik Software posted …

Instagram Has Grown Over 1000% Since Facebook Deal Instagram Has Grown Over 1000% Since Facebook Deal

You may have done a double take when you first heard that Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook had agreed to purchase revenue-less photo sharing app Instagram for a cool $1 billion. You may have wondered how in the hell a startup …

Google Buys VirusTotal, Will Keep It Running Independently Google Buys VirusTotal, Will Keep It Running Independently
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Google has acquired malware detection company VirusTotal. VirusTotal announced the acquisition in a blot post, saying, “Our goal is simple: to help keep you safe on the web. And we’ve worked hard to ensure that the services we offer continually …

eBay Acquires Social Shopping Site Svvply.com eBay Acquires Social Shopping Site Svvply.com
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eBay announced that it has acquired online shopping site Svpply.com for an undisclosed sum. The site is described as a “curated collection of the world’s best products and stores.” It’s a community-driven site listing 1.1 million products in its shop. …

Facebook Officially Welcomes Instagram to the Team Facebook Officially Welcomes Instagram to the Team

Last week, the Facebook/Instagram deal cleared its final hurdle as the California Department of Corporations approved the issuing of nearly 23 million shares of Facebook stock, saying that the deal was fair to both Instagram and their shareholders. And Today, …

HootSuite Acquires Social Management Startup Seesmic HootSuite Acquires Social Management Startup Seesmic
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HootSuite announced today that it has acquired Seesmic, a competitor in the social marketing management software space. Both companies develop platforms that allow people and businesses to coordinate and monitor their marketing across multiple social network platforms. “We’ve always been …

Ask Parent IAC Acquires DateHookup To Pump Up Revenue Ask Parent IAC Acquires DateHookup To Pump Up Revenue
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Earlier this week, we reported that Ask.com has acquired About.com and The About Network. Now, Ask parent IAC has announced another acquisition – DateHookup. IAC has completed the acquisition of the ad-supported dating site for an undisclosed sum. DateHookup generated …

Facebook/Instagram Deal Clears Final Hurdle Facebook/Instagram Deal Clears Final Hurdle

California’s Department of Corporations has just made the Facebook acquisition of Instagram a done deal. By approving the issuing of nearly 23 million shares of Facebook stock, the board signifies that the deal is fair to both Instagram and their …

Facebook Looking at Navigation App Waze [Report] Facebook Looking at Navigation App Waze [Report]

Is Facebook looking to get into the crowdsourced traffic information game? According to Israeli business publication Globes, Facebook is eyeing navigation app Waze. According to Globes, the two companies have already had discussions – as Facebook execs apparently visited Waze …

IBM To Get Social Solutions With Kenexa Acquisition IBM To Get Social Solutions With Kenexa Acquisition

IBM announced today that it has entered into an agreement to acquire Kenexa, a social recruiting and HR solutions company. The price is $46 per share, or about $1.3 billion. IBM says the acquisition will help it bolster its social …

Best Buy, Schulze Agree to Move Forward With Due Diligence Best Buy, Schulze Agree to Move Forward With Due Diligence
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Best Buy announced today that it has reached an agreement with founder Richard Schulze, which will enable Schulze to conduct due diligence, as he tries to acquire the company. Specifically, he’s been granted acces to certain info and permission to …

Facebook Acquires Threadsy, Creator of Facebook-Centric Influence Tracker Swaylo Facebook Acquires Threadsy, Creator of Facebook-Centric Influence Tracker Swaylo

Facebook has just made another partial acquisition – this time in the form of Threadsy, a startup best known for their Klout-like service Swaylo. Swaylo is a Facebook-centric tool that analyzes Facebook users’ reach and influence across the network. Users …

Ask.com Acquires About.com For $300 Million Ask.com Acquires About.com For $300 Million
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IAC announced that its Ask.com property has agreed to acquire The About Group from The New York Times for $300 million. The About Group, of course, is the company behind About.com. The deal was signed on Sunday. “The About.com acquisition …

Best Buy Buyout Bid Talks Said To Resume Best Buy Buyout Bid Talks Said To Resume
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Talks between Best Buy and its founder, who has expressed interest in buying back the company, are reportedly back on, after a brief hiatus. Earlier this month, Best Buy Founder Richard Schulze announced an offer to buy back the company …

Facebook/Instagram Deal Gets the FTC’s Blessing Facebook/Instagram Deal Gets the FTC’s Blessing

Everything looks a-ok with Facebook’s acqusition of photo-sharing app Instagram, according to the Federal Trade Commission. The FTC has just ended their investigation into whether or not the proposed deal violates any laws with a resounding “not that we can …