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Google ITA Software Acquisition A Done Deal

Last week, Google’s ITA Software acquisition got the greenlight from the Department of Justice, provided certain requirements were honored. Google has now quietly updated its blog post from when that happened with a simple sentence: “Our acquisition of ITA has now closed.” Upon approval, the DoJ said: In order for Google Inc. to proceed with its proposed acquisition of ITA …

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Google Music – PushLife Acquired by Google

Google has acquired PushLife, a mobile media sync/streaming service, for an undisclosed sum (which is rumored to be about $25 million). Google is expected to launch Google Music very soon to work with the Honeycomb version of Android. Last week, some apparent images of the service leaked. Now this. Here’s the announcement from PushLife: Here’s a demo video of PushLife …

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Google ITA Software Acquisition Gets DoJ Approval

The U.S. Department of Justice has approved Google’s acquisition of ITA Software, which provides a solution for flight information used by numerous travel sites, and has been the subject of a great deal of controversy related to competition. There are some stipulations, however. The DoJ said: …in order for Google Inc. to proceed with its proposed acquisition of ITA Software …

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Salesforce Acquires Radian6, Social Platform It Was Already Using

Salesforce announced that it is acquiring social media monitoring platform Radian6 for $276 million in cash and $50 million in stock. Founders will also get $10 million in stock and $4 million in cash. According to Salesforce, Radian6 is used by over half of the Fortune 100, and companies like AAA, Dell, GE, Kodak, Molson Coors, Pepsico, and UPS to …

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eBay To Compete With Amazon With GSI Commerce Acquisition

I had always wondered when someone would buy GSI Commerce (GSIC). eBay made the announcement that they have decided to purchase them in a very interesting move. Like many people, you may be wondering who is GSI Commerce? Well, they are one of the biggest ecommerce powerhouses that you have never heard of. Their client list is enough of an …

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Snaptu Acquired by Facebook

Mobile app developer Snaptu is getting acquired by Facebook for an undisclosed amount of money (though rumors have it somewhere between 40 and 70 million). The company announced on its blog that the deal is expected to close within weeks. In January, Facebook launched a Snaptu-created mobile app for feature phones, aimed at getting more people in the world using …

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AT&T Buys T-Mobile USA from Deutsche Telekom

AT&T is planning on buying T-Mobile USA from Deutsche Telekom for  $39 billion in cash and stock. The deal must be approved by both the Department of Justice and the Federal Communications Commission first. “This transaction represents a major commitment to strengthen and expand critical infrastructure for our nation’s future,” said AT&T Chairman and CEO Randall Stephenson. “It will improve …

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YouTube Buys Next New Networks, Launches YouTube Next

YouTube announced that it has acquired Next New Networks. Rumors about the acquisition have been out there for a while, but Google has made it official. As our own Doug Caverly wrote about a month ago, “The acquisition would make sense in a number of ways. First, whether or not you’ve heard of Next New Networks, it’s rather big… YouTube’s …

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Huffington Post Officially Part of AOL

Things are moving very quickly at AOL these days. Just a month after its announcement, the company has closed its acquisition of The Huffington Post. Along with that announcement comes the addition of some more editorial staff,  including Senior Media Reporter Michael Calderone (coming from Yahoo), Senior Reporter Trymaine Lee (coming from the New York Times), Senior Congressional Reporter Michael McAuliff …

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AOL Buys Outside.In, A Hyperlocal Blog Service

According to various reports, AOL has bought Outside.In, and will announce that today. The price hasn’t been confirmed, but Business Insider says it’s been told that it’s less than $10 million. Outside.In will evidently become integrated with AOL’s Patch property – the hyperlocal news service, which sounds about right, considering hyperlocal is what Outside.In is all about. Outside.In aggregates headlines …

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Demand Media Acquires CoveritLive, A Real-Time Event Coverage Platform

Demand Media has acquired real-time event coverage provider CoverItLive, which is used by brands like Yahoo,  ESPN, Ford, Time, News Corp, EA, FOX News, and BBC. Demand Media is positioning the acquisition as a way for the company to expand its social reach. 

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Facebook Buys Beluga

Facebook has acquired mobile app Beluga and its team. TechCrunch shares the following statement from Facebook:

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Intel Acquires McAfee: Now It’s Official

Last summer, Intel announced its intention to acquire McAfee for about $7.68 billion at $48 per share in cash. Today, the company announced the completion of that acquisition. 

McAfee will maintain its own brand, and the first "fruits" of the partnership will hit the market later this year, the companies said. 

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Local Deals Company DealOn Acquired by ReachLocal

Local marketing firm ReachLocal announced that it has acquired New York-based Deals company DealOn, as company’s everywhere try to get in on the hot local deals goldrush. ReachLocal is paying $10 million for the acquisition. 

"This will allow ReachLocal to enable other deal sites and publishers to supply and/or resell deals, as well as greatly improve Deals sourcing, syndication and personalization for the industry as a whole," a representative for ReachLocal tells WebProNews.

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RIM to Improve BlackBerry Contacts with Gist

BlackBerry maker Research in Motion (RIM) announced that it has acquired Gist

Gist provides information about contacts, by creating a business profile for each one that includes recent news, status updates, and work details. It works by pulling contacts from various inboxes, address books, social networks, and other sources, then adding news, status updates, blog posts, etc.

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HP Buys Vertica, A Data Analytics Company

HP announced that it has signed an agreement to acquire a real-time analytics platform company Vertica.

HP says the pick-up will enhance the company’s capabilities for information optimization, and that Vertica’s platform will help its customers analyze massive amounts of data for "real-time business intelligence."

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AOL Adds The Huffington Post To Its Growing Content Factory

AOL has acquired The Huffington Post, one of the biggest content networks on the web, for $315 million. HuffPo co-founder Arianna Huffington is now editor-in-chief of all of AOL’s content properties. 

The move is the latest, and possibly the boldest move AOL has made into the content production industry. AOL counts The Huffington Post, TechCrunch, Engadget, Autoblog, Fanhouse, Patch, and Seed among its major content properties. Other recent AOL acquisitions include and Goviral. 

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Verizon Buying Terremark for $1.4 Billion

Verizon announced that it is acquiring IT infrastructure and cloud services provider Terremark Worldwide in a move the company says will "decisively reshape the rapidly evolving global business technology solutions market."

The agreement is for Verizon to get Terremark for $1.4 billion, at $19.00 a share. 

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Google’s fflick Aimed At Making YouTube More Social

Yesterday, unofficial news came out that Google had acquired fflick, which is a site that lets you log in with your Twitter account and see what your friends have said about movies. Today came the official announcement, and while it didn’t provide any financial details, word is that the price was about $10 million. 

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Google Buys SayNow, Adds to Google Voice Team

Google has acquired SayNow, a company whose slogan is "reinventing the phone call". Actually, SayNow has a hosted platform and series of applications for voice messaging, conversations, and group calls that can be integrated into Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, and Android and iPhone apps. 

SayNow announced the acquisition (without any financial details). From the announcement:

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Facebook Buys Mobile Ad Company Rel8tion

Facebook has reportedly acquired Rel8tion, a mobile advertising company. While you’d be hard pressed to find much info about the company on its own site, it has been made clear that this is a talent acquisition, so look for interesting things in mobile ads to come to Facebook in the near term. 

The Wall Street Journal’s AllThingsD, which broke the story, shares the following statement from Facebook:

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Google to Improve Social Search with fflick Acquisition?

Update: Apparently the acquisition is more about YouTube. Interesting. Google’s official announcement here.

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Amazon Buys European Netflix-Like Company, LoveFilm

Amazon is acquiring the remaining shares in LoveFilm, which is often referred to around the web as the "Netflix of Europe". Amazon already owned a 42% stake in the company. 

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eBay Pays $200 Million to Acquire Brands4friends [Update]

Update: eBay just announced that it has completed the acquisition. 

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Google Buys eBook Technologies to Provide Richer e-Reading Experiences on Tablets

eBooks and e-readers are big business these days. Amazon’s Kindle recently became the company’s best-selling product ever, and its competitors have done pretty well too. Now tablets are coming out of the woodwork to go head-to-head with Apple’s iPad, and these are also ideal for reading eBooks (some with Android).

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Groupon Acquires 3 Deals Sites, Expands Into More Countries

Groupon is launching in India, Israel, and South Africa as it has acquired similar deals sites in each of those countries – SoSata, Grouper, and Twangoo respectively. 

"Collective buying is in its infancy in India, Israel and South Africa and we see strong potential," said Rob Solomon, president and COO of Groupon. "Groupon is shaping the way local merchants market themselves in every corner of the world."

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Salesforce Buys Dimdim for $31 Million announced that it has acquired Dimdim for $31 million. The acquisition will help Salesforce expand its Chatter line of products, often described as a "Facebook for the enterprise", with real-time communication technologies.

The company says the move follows the proven Facebook model of combining real-time collaboration.

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Dell Buying SecureWorks For Undisclosed Sum

Dell has announced its intention to acquire IT security firm SecureWorks, which offers managed-security services, security and risk consulting services and threat intelligence solutions. Dell says the buy would expand its IT-as-a-Service offerings and information security expertise.

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Google and FairSearch Argue ITA Acquisition on TV

As you may know, Google is trying to acquire ITA Software, but it has faced various hurdles, mainly led by a coalition called FairSearch, made up of travel sites. Now, the Department of Justice is looking at the deal. 

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Motorola Acquires Media Sync/Streaming Company Zecter

Motorola Mobility, which is obviously part of the larger Motorola company, has acquired a company called Zecter.

Zecter is a company with synchronization and streaming technologies for on-demand digital media consumption. Motorola explains, "Zecter’s solutions connect users to their content seamlessly and instantaneously, giving them simple, on-the-go access to music, video, photos and documents from their smartphones, tablets, PCs and web-portals."

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Twitter Acquires Fluther Team to Make Twitter More Relevant

Twitter announced that it has acquired the Fluther, or the team at Fluther, rather. The product Fluther will remain separate from Twitter, and is not part of the acquisition. 

In other words, this was a talent acquisition, and the company hopes that this team of five will help it find new ways to get people Twitter content that is relevant to them. Twitter has indicated in recent interviews that this was an area of focus. Today’s acquisition would appear to emphasize this mentality. 

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AOL Acquires Personal Profile Site

AOL announced that it’s acquiring, described as a "social identity site" that allows users to create personal profile pages.

With these profiles users can display their Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn profiles, as well as their email address, blog links, etc. 

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Rackspace Acquires Cloudkick for Cloud Server Management Apps

Rackspace announced that it has acquired Cloudkick, which creates web apps for cloud-server management. 

Rackspace considers the move a way to better position itself in Silicon Valley, as Cloudkick was originally funded by Y Combinator, and its headquarters is in San Francisco, "making Cloudkick’s headquarters the latest outpost for delivering Fanatical Support and innovation in cloud computing," a representative for Rackspace tells WebProNews.

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AOL To Bolster Display Ad Offerings With Pictela Pick-Up

AOL announced that it has acquired ad platform firm Pictela. The company makes what is described as a "high-definition brand content platform" for online advertising and social media. This follows other recent acquisitions by AOl, such as that of TechCrunch, Thing Labs, 5min Media, and StudioNow. 

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eBay Acquires Critical Path, Which Has Worked on eBay’s iPhone Apps

eBay announced that it has acquired Critical Path Software, a mobile app developer, which it has been working with for over two years. The company has worked with eBay on creating iPhone apps for eBay, StubHub, eBay Classifieds, and 

eBay’s Richard Brewer-Hay on the eBay Ink Blog shared the following interview with Steve Romero, Critical Path president and founder, and Steve Yankovich, VP of eBay Mobile:


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Google Looks Toward “Star Trek Future” With Phonetic Arts Acquisition

Google has acquired Phonetic Arts, a speech synthesis company based in Cambridge, England. The company works on technology that generates natural computer speech from samples of recorded voice.

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eBay Buying (Now Confirmed)

Update: eBay has now confirmed that it is true:

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RIM Buys Interesting User Interface Company TAT

BlackBerry makers Research in Motion (RIM) are buying a company called The Astonishing Tribe (or TAT). RIM CTO  David Yach said the following in a statement on the BlackBerry Blog:

Today we are pleased to confirm plans for The Astonishing Tribe (TAT) team to join Research In Motion (RIM). We’re excited that the TAT team will be joining RIM and bringing their talent to the BlackBerry PlayBook and smartphone platforms.

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Oracle Acquiring E-Commerce Company ATG for $1 Billion

Oracle announced today that it’s buying e-commerce software company Art Technology Group (ATG) for about $1 billion. 

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AOL Acquires Thing Labs and Brizzly

AOL has acquired Thing Labs, makers of Brizzly. Brizzly is a social media reader that lets users view and post updates to Twitter and Facebook., see photos and watch videos.

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AOL Officially Acquires TechCrunch

Update: AOL has now officially announced its acquisition of TechCrunch for an undisclosed amount. TechCrunch will continue to operate independently as a wholly-owned AOL unit.

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AOL Acquires 5min Media to Bolster Video Content

AOL has acquired video syndication platform 5min Media. 5min claims to reach 160 million unique monthly visitors and has tens of thousands of videos across 20 categories and 140 sub-categories. 

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Google Reportedly Buying Plannr

Google is buying Plannr, according to unconfirmed reports. Plannr is a mobile social calendar app, or as it’s officially described, "Plannr is the up-to-the-minute, simple way to make plans with your friends."

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IBM Acquires Blade Network Technologies

IBM announced that it has entered an agreement to acquire Blade Network Technologies, a company specializing in software and devices for data and transaction routing.  

Blade provides blade server and top-of-rack switches as well as software to virtualize and manage cloud computing and other workloads. It counts over half of Fortune 500 companies among its customers. 

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Six Apart Gets Scooped Up By VideoEgg to Form SAY Media

VideoEgg announced that it has agreed to acquire Six Apart, makers of the TypePad blogging platform. Together, they are forming a new brand, called SAY Media. They have a combined global audience of  345 million, which should be attractive to advertisers. 

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Bonanzle Buys 1000 Markets, Becomes Bonanza

E-Commerce site Bonanzle, which is often touted as an alternative to eBay, has acquired artisan merchandise site 1000 Markets, and changed its name to Bonanza. The combined company, which will take aim at sites like Etsy, is located at, with a new design. 

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IBM to Acquire Netezza for $1.7 Billion

IBM announced it is acquiring Netezza at $27 per share or approximately $1.7 billion, to expand its business analytics initiatives.

Netezza provides analytics in a data warehousing appliance. IBM says that the combined strengths of the companies are a "key differentiator at a time when organizations of all sizes are looking to gain more insight from their business information."


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Motorola Picks Up Aloqa for Undisclosed Sum

Motorola announced today that it has acquired Aloqa GmbH, developer of Aloqa, which is a mobile service that notifies users of places, events, music, movies and other activities based on location and personalization.

Aloqa also annuonced that it has now surpassed its million user milestone. The service is available for Android, iPhone, BlackBerry, Windows Mobile, Nokia, and Sony Ericsson models.

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Unconfirmed: Apple Acquires IMsense?

Numerous signs would seem to indicate that Apple has acquired a company called IMsense, which is known for  technology related to High Dynamic Range phototoraphy, a feature of the latest version of iOS Apple recently touted. Eric Slivka at MacRumors writes:

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Confirmed: Google Buying Quiksee

Update: Quiksee has confirmed the acquisition. The company says on its blog:

We are delighted to announce that Quiksee has been acquired by Google! 

We’ve learned a lot from our previous work at Quiksee, and we look forward to bringing our  experience, creativity and insight to Google. Both Google and Quiksee share the same innovative  vision, and while we can’t share any future product plans, we look forward to the opportunity to  contribute and do great things together in the future. 

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