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Facebook Just Bought A Voice Recognition Company Facebook Just Bought A Voice Recognition Company

Facebook has acquired Wit.ai, a company that builds voice recognition and natural language processing tools for developers. It has over 6,000 developers on its platform. The platform is open, which is a quality the startup clearly takes pride in. “For …

News Corp. Acquires Financial Site BigDecisions News Corp. Acquires Financial Site BigDecisions

News Corp. announced that it Indian financial site BigDecisions.com. It’s described as a web startup that helps consumers make financial decisions. More specifically, BigDecisions aims to help Indian consumers make smarter financial decisions using data and algorithm-based tools. “Our latest …

Adobe Acquires Stock Photo Service Fotolia For Creative Cloud Integration Adobe Acquires Stock Photo Service Fotolia For Creative Cloud Integration

Adobe announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire stock photo service Fotolia, which it will integrate into Adobe Creative Cloud. The idea is that it can give users the ability to easily purchase images right from the …

Cisco To Acquire Security Company Neohapsis Cisco To Acquire Security Company Neohapsis

Cisco announced that it intends to acquire Neohapsis, a company which offers network, cloud, and app security, as well as IT risk and compliance services. Cisco says it will use the acquisition to help customers build security capabilities and overcome …

AOL Acquires Video Platform Vidible AOL Acquires Video Platform Vidible

AOL announced that it has acquired video management and exchange platform Vidible to expand its global scale in video distribution, discovery, and management. More specifically, AOL says the pick-up enables it to expand its video stack with new video content …

Microsoft Acquires Email App Provider Acompli Microsoft Acquires Email App Provider Acompli

Microsoft just announced it has acquired mobile email app provider Acompli, which currently has apps for both Android and iOS. Microsoft says the move is part of its effort to “help people accomplish more with their mobile devices,” an effort …

Yahoo Buys Cooliris, Which Includes BeamIt Yahoo Buys Cooliris, Which Includes BeamIt

Yahoo has acquired Cooliris, makers of the photo app of the same name as well as BeamIt. Cooliris announced the news on its website, where it said: Cooliris is passionate about creating fast, fluid mobile experiences for content and communication …

Google Acquires RelativeWave, Makes Form Free Google Acquires RelativeWave, Makes Form Free

Google has acquired RelativeWave, makers of Form, a mobile app protyping application for Mac. RelativeWave announced the news on its website with the following message: I’m very excited to announce that the RelativeWave team is joining Google to continue the …

The Onion Might Be Up For Sale, Too The Onion Might Be Up For Sale, Too

Popular comedy sites are putting themselves on the market left and right. Well, really just two – but they’re two important properties. Fresh off the news that Will Ferrell’s Funny or Die has hired a financial advisor to evaluate their …

Yahoo Is Buying BrightRoll For $640 Million Yahoo Is Buying BrightRoll For $640 Million

Yahoo announced that it has agreed to acquire programmatic video advertising platform BrightRoll for $640 million in cash. The platform will be combined with Yahoo’s premium desktop and mobile video ad inventory. Yahoo also notes that related publisher relationships will …

Funny or Die Might Be Up for Sale Funny or Die Might Be Up for Sale

Could Funny or Die be up for sale? According to a report from Bloomberg, the online comedy site has “hired a financial adviser to evaluate options including a possible sale” In a memo to employees, CEO Dick Glover said that …

Lenovo Completes Motorola Mobility Acquisition From Google Lenovo Completes Motorola Mobility Acquisition From Google

All the way back in January, Google announced that it was selling Motorola Mobility to Lenovo for $2.91 billion. On Thursday, the acquisition was completed. This includes the Motorola brand and portfolio of smartphones, such as Moto X, Moto G, …

Yelp Acquires French Review Site Cityvox Yelp Acquires French Review Site Cityvox

Investors have been concerned about Yelp’s international business, and Yelp seems to be doing everything it can to reverse that. The company announced on Tuesday that it has acquired Cityvox, a French online review site, which specializes in restaurants and …

Google’s Nest Acquires Revolv, Stops Selling Google’s Nest Acquires Revolv, Stops Selling

Nest, which Google acquired earlier this year, has acquired Revolv, another smart-home device maker. According to Liz Gannes at Re/code, the deal just closed, and but the terms are undisclosed. Revolv says in a message on its homepage, “We have …

Yelp Acquires German Review Site Restaurant-Kritik Yelp Acquires German Review Site Restaurant-Kritik

Yelp announced that it has acquired Hamburg-based restaurant review company Restaurant-Kritik, which means Yelp will control more of the online review scene in Germany. Yelp plans on integrating the content from the site into Yelp Germany. It’s unclear whether the …

Google Beefs Up Its AI Work With New Acquisitions And Oxford University Partnership Google Beefs Up Its AI Work With New Acquisitions And Oxford University Partnership

Google announced that it has formed a partnership with the Artificial Intelligence research teams at Oxford University to “accelerate” its efforts in AI, and has hired seven founders of two AI startups out of the university. Google acquired AI company …

Google Announces Firebase Acquisition Google Announces Firebase Acquisition

Google announced that it has acquired Firebase, adding its team to its own Google Cloud Platform team. The startup has developed wasy to make it easier for developers to build mobile and web apps that store and sync data in …

IBM To Get Rid Of Semiconductor Business IBM To Get Rid Of Semiconductor Business

IBM announced an agreement with Globalfoundaries that will see the latter acquire IBM’s commercial semiconductor business, including intellectual property, personnel, and technologies related to IBM Microelectronics.The deal will also see Globalfoundaries become IBM’s exclusive server processor semiconductor technology provider for …

Comcast/Time Warner Cable Merger Gets Thumbs Up from Shareholders Comcast/Time Warner Cable Merger Gets Thumbs Up from Shareholders

The shareholders of two of the most-hated companies in America have approved their merger. According to Bloomberg, “more than 99 percent of shares were voted in favor of the deal” to sell Time Warner Cable to Comcast. On Thursday Comcast’s …

Facebook Isn’t Going to Put Ads All Over WhatsApp, at Least Not Right Away Facebook Isn’t Going to Put Ads All Over WhatsApp, at Least Not Right Away

Facebook’s $19 billion acquisition of WhatsApp is in the bag. After approvals from the U.S. Federal Trade Commission and the EU, Facebook filed the final paperwork earlier this week. Ok, so now Facebook has it and its 500 million+ user …

Facebook WhatsApp Deal Is Officially Done Facebook WhatsApp Deal Is Officially Done

Facebook announced in February that it would be acquiring WhatsApp for $19 billion pending regulatory approval. All necessary approvals have been granted, and roughly eight months later, the deal is now done. Last week, the deal cleared the big EU …