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Amazon Completes Twitch Acquisition Amazon Completes Twitch Acquisition

Last month, Amazon announced its intent to acquire Twitch, the popular live video platform for gamers. That acquisition was completed on Thursday, records show. You can see the SEC filing here (via ZDnet), which says: “On September 25, 2014, Amazon.com, …

Facebook Reportedly Gets EU Approval On WhatsApp Deal Facebook Reportedly Gets EU Approval On WhatsApp Deal

Facebook announced its intent to purchase WhatsApp for $19 billion in February. The deal is still pending the necessary regulatory approvals, but according to a report from Reuters, it’s getting approval from the EU. The report cites two people familiar …

Apple Reportedly Acquires iPad Magazine Platform PRSS Apple Reportedly Acquires iPad Magazine Platform PRSS

Apple has reportedly acquired PRSS, a Dutch digital magazine platform creator, which enables users to turn content into digital magazines for the iPad. iCulture first reported on the acquisition. TechCrunch shares a statement from Apple, which is basically the same …

Lyft Acquires Hitch to Help with Carpooling Service Lyft Acquires Hitch to Help with Carpooling Service

On-demand car service Lyft has announced that it is acquiring Hitch, another on-demand car service focused on carpooling. “John and Logan met the Hitch team over a year ago and as both teams talked, they realized they shared the same …

Yahoo Buys India’s Bookpad, Docspad Yahoo Buys India’s Bookpad, Docspad

Yahoo has acquired Bangalore-based Bookpad, makers of Docspad, which enables application developers to add document creation and collaboration features to their apps. The news was reported earlier by The Times of India, whose sources said the price was just under …

Twitpic Isn’t Shutting Down Anymore, Says It’s Been Acquired Twitpic Isn’t Shutting Down Anymore, Says It’s Been Acquired

According to Twitpic, the company isn’t shutting down anymore. In fact, it’s been acquired and will live on. That’s all according to a tweet – one that’s admittedly sparse in terms of specifics. “We’re happy to announce we’ve been acquired …

Cisco Announces Plans To Acquire Memoir Systems Cisco Announces Plans To Acquire Memoir Systems

Cisco announced its intent to acquire privately held Memoir Systems, which develops semiconductor memory intellectual property and tools for ASIC vendors to build programmable network switches. This is the second acquisition announcement from Cisco in as many days. On Wednesday, …

Cisco Announces Metacloud Acquisition Plans Cisco Announces Metacloud Acquisition Plans

Cisco just announced that it intends to acquire private cloud company Metacloud to accelerate its own “intercloud” strategy. Metacloud says the deal will not affect users’ environments, and that it already has account reps reaching out to customers to answer …

Conan Checks In With Minecraft Inventor About Microsoft Acquisition Conan Checks In With Minecraft Inventor About Microsoft Acquisition

The big news on Monday was that Microsoft is buying Mojang, the company behind the hugely popular Minecraft, for $2.5 billion. Naturally, the subject came up on Conan, who checked in with the inventor of the game to see how …

Microsoft Announces It’s Buying Minecraft For $2.5 Billion Microsoft Announces It’s Buying Minecraft For $2.5 Billion

Rumors circulated throughout the media last week that Microsoft was preparing to acquire Mojang, the makers of the massively popular game Minecraft. On Monday, Microsoft officially announced that it is doing so. The company says it has reached an agreement …

Google Acquires Polar For Google+ Google Acquires Polar For Google+

Polar, which offered an online polling solution, is being acquired by Google. Polar announced the news on its website, and it was first reported by Re/code. A message on the Polar site says: Polar started with the simple idea that …

Google Acquires Lift Labs To Help Those With Parkinson’s Google Acquires Lift Labs To Help Those With Parkinson’s

Google announced on Wednesday that it has acquired Lift Labs, with the team joining the tech giant’s “moonshot” branch Google[x]. Lift Labs makes a spoon that uses a stabilization technology to counter tremors for those with Parkinson’s disease. Here’s a …

Apple Reportedly Set to Acquire Path Apple Reportedly Set to Acquire Path

Here’s some Apple news that doesn’t involve the iPhone 6 or the Apple Watch – According to Pando Daily, a “single well-placed source inside Apple’s engineering team” says that the company is poised to buy Path, the social network and …

Hootsuite Acquires Brightkit To Launch ‘Campaigns’ Offering Hootsuite Acquires Brightkit To Launch ‘Campaigns’ Offering

Hootsuite announced that it has acquired social campaigns platform Brightkit, which it is using to launch its own new offering called Hootsuite Campaigns. The acquisition actually took place in July, but is just now being announced. “Hootsuite Campaigns helps brands …

Automattic Announces BruteProtect Acquisition Automattic Announces BruteProtect Acquisition

Automattic, the company that runs WordPress, announced that it has acuiqred BruteProtect, which makes a plugin and service for protecting sites from malicious logins, and saves server resources to help sites run faster. The plugin, according to the company, also …

Yahoo’ s Acquisition Of Flurry Is Now Complete Yahoo’ s Acquisition Of Flurry Is Now Complete

Last month, Yahoo announced that it reached a definitive agreement to acquire mobile analytics firm Flurry. The company announced on Tuesday that the transaction is now complete. “Together, Flurry and Yahoo will power more insightful analytics and relevant ads to …

Google Acquires Visual Effects Solution Zync Render Google Acquires Visual Effects Solution Zync Render

Google announced that it has acquired Zync, which makes Zync Render, a visual effects cloud rendering technology that was used on movies like Star Trek Into Darkness and Looper. The Zync team will join the Google Cloud Platform team. “Creating …

Netflix to FCC: Say No to Comcast / Time Warner Cable Merger Netflix to FCC: Say No to Comcast / Time Warner Cable Merger

Netflix, clearly unhappy with the proposed Comcast/Time Warner Cable merger from the outset, has finally made their concerns official with a petition to the Federal Communications Commission. In a just-filed Petition to Deny, Netflix argues that the entity formed by …

Amazon Is Officially Acquiring Twitch [Updated] Amazon Is Officially Acquiring Twitch [Updated]

Update 3: It looks like Google backed out of the deal because of antitrust concerns. Forbes has the story. Update 2: And it’s official. Amazon just put out the press release. Here’s what it says: Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) today …

Google Acquires Gecko Design For Google [X] Google Acquires Gecko Design For Google [X]

Google has acquired Gecko Design for its Google (X) unit, which is responsible for projects like Google Glass, Driverless Cars, Project Loon, the Google contact lens, and surely many more “moonshot” ideas to come. It’s unclear exactly what the company’s …

GoDaddy Buys Email Marketing Firm Mad Mimi GoDaddy Buys Email Marketing Firm Mad Mimi

GoDaddy announced on Wednesday that it has acquired email marketing company Mad Mimi, whose offerings have been geared toward small businesses. GoDaddy’s efforts of late have also been focused specifically on small businesses, so boosting its email marketing efforts for …