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George Lucas: When I First Made Star Wars, Everybody Said, “This Is A Movie Disney Should Have Made” George Lucas: When I First Made Star Wars, Everybody Said, “This Is A Movie Disney Should Have Made”

As you have no doubt heard, George Lucas has sold Lucasfilm (and Star Wars) to Disney. A new Star Wars is coming out in 2015. More on the deal here. George Lucas talks about the deal and his thoughts about …

Yahoo Gets More Former Googlers With Stamped Acquisition Yahoo Gets More Former Googlers With Stamped Acquisition
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Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer tweeted about a new acquisition the company has made (the first under her leadership. Yahoo has has acquired mobile recommendation app maker Stamped, which (believe it or not) is made up of former Googlers. Here’s the …

Yelp Acquires Qype, Shares Preliminary Q3 Financial Results Yelp Acquires Qype, Shares Preliminary Q3 Financial Results

Yelp has acquired European reviews site Qype. Yelp has acquired all of Qype’s shares, for about €18.6 million and 970,000 shares of Yelp’s Class A common stock, bringing the total purchase price to about $50 million USD. Qype is based …

Ancestry.com Sold To Private Equity Firm For $1.6 Billion Ancestry.com Sold To Private Equity Firm For $1.6 Billion
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Online genealogy site Ancestry.com has agreed to be purchased by European private equity firm Permira for $1.6 billion ($32.00 per share). Ancestry.com President and CEO Tim Sullivan and CFO and COO Howard Hochhauser will maintain a majority of their equity …

Apple Rumored to be Buying Color Apple Rumored to be Buying Color

The last big news from Color, the mobile broadcasting social app startup, was all the way back in May of this year. The company had announced a deal with Verizon (and only Verizon) to allow its subscribers to stream audio …

Jim Boykin (Internet Marketing Ninjas) Buys WebmasterWorld Forum Jim Boykin (Internet Marketing Ninjas) Buys WebmasterWorld Forum
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WebmasterWorld and Pubcon founder Brett Tabke has sold WebmsaterWorld to Jim Boykin, who runs Internet Marketing Ninjas. The announcement was made today at PubCon, which Tabke will continue to run. “Internet Marketing Ninjas, led by company founder Jim Boykin, is …

Microsoft Acquires Marketing Software Provider MarketingPilot Microsoft Acquires Marketing Software Provider MarketingPilot

Microsoft has acquired marketing software company MarketingPilot. Microsoft says it has a vision for integrated marketing solutions that aligns with its own. “We are excited to join the Microsoft team,” says MarketingPilot CEO Ken Kornbluh. “We think it will be …

Apple Acquired Justin Timberlake-Backed Particle Apple Acquired Justin Timberlake-Backed Particle
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Apple has acquired Particle, an HTML app company, which has received funding from superstar Justin Timberlake in the past. According to a report from CNET’s Josh Lowensohn, the acquisition happened last month, but nobody knew about it. The price is …

Twitter Acquires Mobile App Development Startup Cabana Twitter Acquires Mobile App Development Startup Cabana
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In order to put more talent on their platform team, Twitter has acqui-hired the team from mobile app development startup Cabana. The specifics behind the deal are still unknown, but Cabana has announced the acquisition on their blog and Twitter …

Microsoft Buys CiS Solutions Provider StorSimple Microsoft Buys CiS Solutions Provider StorSimple

Microsoft is acquiring Cloud-integrated Storage (CiS) solutions provider StorSimple. Microsoft says the pick-up will advance its Cloud OS vision and help customers embrace hybrid cloud computing more efficiently. “Customers faced with explosive growth in data are looking to the cloud …

Softbank To Drop $20.1 Billion On Sprint Nextel Softbank To Drop $20.1 Billion On Sprint Nextel

Last week, there were reports that Softbank was about to acquire Sprint Nextel, and today, the companies made it official. Softbank and Sprint Nextel announced that they have entered into an agreement in which Softbank will invest $20.1 billion in …

Twitter Acquires Yet-to-Launch Video-Sharing Startup Vine Twitter Acquires Yet-to-Launch Video-Sharing Startup Vine

Twitter has just purchased a small video creation and sharing company based in New York for an undisclosed amount. What’s particularly interesting about the acquisition is that the startup has yet to actually launch. According to All Things D, Twitter …

Microsoft Picks Up PhoneFactor For Multifactor Authentication Microsoft Picks Up PhoneFactor For Multifactor Authentication

Microsoft announced today that it has acquired PhoneFactor, a provider of multifactor authentication. “The acquisition of PhoneFactor will help Microsoft bring effective and easy-to-use multifactor authentication to our cloud services and on-premises applications,” said Bharat Shah, corporate vice president, Server …

Facebook Grabs Carsabi Co-Founders, But Not the Site Facebook Grabs Carsabi Co-Founders, But Not the Site

Facebook has just added some entrepreneurial talent to their team with the hiring of Dwight Crow and Christopher Berner, the two founders of used car price comparison site Carsabi. Facebook hasn’t acquired the site, just the personnel. As such, Carsabi …

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 …