All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘Acquisitions ’
Amazon has acquired music startup Amie Street, which the company actually helped fund. Unfortunately for Amie Street users, the service will be shut down.
Amie Street has an interesting business model, which lets musicians upload music, which starts out free to users. The more downloads the songs get, the more the price goes up (up to a $1). Interesting as it may be, it apparently didn’t work.
Update 2: It looks like Dell has lost the bidding war for 3PAR after all. The company issued a release saying it has ended discussions and will recieve a $72 million break-up fee from 3PAR. This comes after 3PAR accepted an increased bid from HP of $2.4 billion.
The acquisition enables comScore to substantially expand its presence in Europe, with offices in the Netherlands, Belgium, the UK, France, Germany, Spain, and Sweden. The company says this will help it reach out to new clients in these markets.
Cisco announced today that it intends to acquire ExtendMedia, a content management systems provider out of Newton, Massachusetts.
ExtendMedia’s systems manage video content through monetization for pay media and ad-supported business models. Cisco says that with ExtendMedia, it will be able to help service providers deliver multi-screen offerings as the market transitions to IP video.
HP has acquired Stratavia, a database and application automation company out of Denver.
HP says the addition of Stratavia will help strengthen its software and solutions portfolio, adding deployment, configuration, and management solutions for enterprise databases, middleware, and packaged applications.
HP’s goal is to simplify app deployment and management in hybrid IT environments.
While no official announcement has been made by either party, Motorola has reportedly acquired 280 North, a startup known for developing the Cappuccino programming language.
TechCrunch claims to have confirmed the acquisition, and has heard that the price is around $20 million, though this is not confirmed. Michael Arrington shares this quote from a Motorola spokesperson:
Intel has announced it is acquiring McAfee for about $7.68 billion at $48 per share in cash.
"With the rapid expansion of growth across a vast array of Internet-connected devices, more and more of the elements of our lives have moved online," said Paul Otellini, Intel president and CEO. "In the past, energy-efficient performance and connectivity have defined computing requirements. Looking forward, security will join those as a third pillar of what people demand from all computing experiences.
Intel just announced that it has signed an agreement to acquire Texas Instruments’ cable modem unit. Intel says this will enhance its focus on in the cable industry and related markets.
At first glance, Like.com looks like your ordinary, run of the mill e-commerce site, but the technology behind it has apparently caught Google’s eye.
Google has apparently acquired yet another company – Instantiations. This is a provider of Java and Ajax development tools.
Instantiations greets its site visitors with the following message:
Google announced that it has signed an acquisition agreement with ITA Software. Reports of talks surrounding such an acquisition were revealed in April, but talk heated up again this week, mostly regarding issues of concern expressed by many in the travel industry.
Marissa Mayer, Google’s VP, Search Products & User Experience, has now posted to the Official Google Blog that an agreement has been signed. She writes:
Local.com is paying $5 million in cash and stock, with an earnout of up to $5.9 million if certain performance criteria are met in the two-year period following the closing.
uSamp says it will combine with DMS to offer "best-in-class" online sample and panel management solutions, with the combined global panel reaching 2.7 million. The company notes that this includes an extensive Hispanic panel of over 100,000.
Alibaba.com has announced its acquisition of Vendio, a multi-channel e-commerce company offering solutions for small businesses that let them sell through channels such as eBay, Amazon, and their own Vendio-supported stores.
Through the acquisition, Alibaba is gaining access to over 80,000 targeted small businesses in the U.S. and can direct them to Alibaba’s own Aliexpress wholesale transaction platform.
Six Apart, the company behind TypePad, has announced the acquisition of NaturalPath Media, an online ad/media network geared toward "sustainable, healthy, and conscious lifestyles." Some of its more popular sites include: DrGreene.com, GreenLivingIdeas.com, ScientificAmerican.com and EcoSalon.com.
Google’s acquisition spree continues with its latest pickup – BumpTop, makers of the BumpTop desktop environment, which is designed to bring a more 3D and "visceral" user interface to the operating system. The product has been available for Windows and Mac, but Android is the likely destination for its technology in Google’s hands.
Apple and Google are becoming increasingly competitive, and it would seem that they’re even competing for who can acquire the most companies in the shortest amount of time. Apple has now acquired Siri and Intrinsity.
Siri is a voice command-based personal assistant app that lets you tell it what you want to do, and it will do most of the work for you, whether that be find the right restaurant and book a reservation, get a cab, or whatever. Watch this clip to see how it works:
Google has acquired widget developer Labpixies, which developed some of the first gadgets for Google’s personalized homepage iGoogle. It also develops apps for Android and iPhone.
"Over the years, we worked closely together on a variety of projects, including the launch of a number of global OpenSocial based gadgets. Recently, we decided that we could do more if we were part of the same team…" says Don Loeb of Google’s iGoogle team.
Google continues down its path of acquisitions, as it has now scooped up the mysterious tech startup Agnilux. It’s mysterious because there is very little information about it on the web, and even publications like the New York Times have had a hard time uncovering much information about it.
Update: Google gave us the following statement:
Google announced today it has acquired Picnik, a cloud-based photo editing service. The company consists of about 20 employees.
"Google processes petabytes of data every day, and with their worldwide infrastructure and world-class team, it is truly the best home we could have found. Under the Google roof we’ll reach more people than ever before, impacting more lives and making more photos more awesome," says Picnik in its announcement.
AOL has acquired a video platform company called StudioNow. The company says the deal will allow it to integrate a "fully functional video creation platform" into its newly launched content management system, Speed.com. StudioNow will also continue to operate its existing business as well. This includes online video creation, management, storage, and syndication.
Update: The acquisition has been confirmed, and competitor AdMob issued the following statement:
"We believe that Apple’s proposed acquisition of Quattro serves as yet another validation of the vibrant mobile advertising industry and can help accelerate the pace of innovation and competition in this space."