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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 …

Yahoo Acquires Ad Security Company ClarityRay Yahoo Acquires Ad Security Company ClarityRay

Yahoo has acquired ClairtyRay, a company that has in the past dealt with getting around ad blockers, but has since been more about ad security and fraud detection. In a message on its homepage, ClarityRay says: Our vision has always …

Google Acquires Jetpac, Which Analyzes Image And Location Data Google Acquires Jetpac, Which Analyzes Image And Location Data

Google has acquired Jetpac, which analyzes image and location data, and could improve Google’s ability to search through it. “We can spot lipstick, blue sky views, hipster mustaches and more, through advanced image processing on billions of photos,” Jetpac claims. …

Ask.com Acquires Ask.fm For More Asking Ask.com Acquires Ask.fm For More Asking

Ask.com announced that it has acquired Ask.fm, a social Q&A service, which has over 180 million global monthly users, according to the company. Ask.fm is available on the web, and for Android and IOS. A post on the Ask blog …

Comcast & Time Warner Cable Pass Time Awaiting Merger Approval by Helping Give Award to FCC Commissioner Comcast & Time Warner Cable Pass Time Awaiting Merger Approval by Helping Give Award to FCC Commissioner

Do you pay a lot for cable and internet? Neat, me too. Check this out. You’ve probably never heard of it, but The Walter Kaitz Foundation is a decades-old non-profit organization with the stated mission of promoting diversity in the …

Demand Media Appoints Sean Moriarty As New CEO, Acquires Saatchi Online Demand Media Appoints Sean Moriarty As New CEO, Acquires Saatchi Online

Demand Media just announced that it has appointed former CEO of Ticketmaster and Saatchi Art, Sean Moriarty, as its new CEO. The company has also acquired Saatchi Online, Inc. which operates online art gallery Saatchi Art. Co-founder and interim CEO …

Facebook Announces Acquisition Of PrivateCore Facebook Announces Acquisition Of PrivateCore

Facebook is buying PrivateCore, a secure server technology company. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but Joe Sullivan, Facebook’s Chief Security Officer announced the news in a post today (via TechCrunch): I’ve seen how much people care about the …

Google Acquires Directr For YouTube Ads Google Acquires Directr For YouTube Ads

Google announced that it has acquired Directr, which will join its YouTube ads team. The company revealed the acquisition on its YouTube Creators Google+ account, after Directr announced it on its own site. The acquisition even got its own video: …

Messaging App Emu: We’re Joining Google Messaging App Emu: We’re Joining Google

Messaging apps continue to attract the interest of Internet giants. Google has apparently acquired Emu, which which created a mobile messaging app with virtual assistant features. We are thrilled to announce that we'll be joining Google later this month. Thanks …

ComScore Buys MdotLabs To Battle Non-Human Traffic ComScore Buys MdotLabs To Battle Non-Human Traffic

ComScore has acquired MdotLabs in a move aimed at battling fraud in online advertising, or as the company puts it, to “augment its non-human traffic detection methods.” MdotLabs specifically uses its technology to identify bots, click farms, pay-per-view networks, and …

Square Is Apparently About To Buy Caviar For About $90 Million [Updated] Square Is Apparently About To Buy Caviar For About $90 Million [Updated]

Update: Square just made the announcement: We are excited to share the news that we’ve acquired Caviar. The Caviar team has built a seamless delivery experience that instantly connects buyers with top-rated, popular restaurants that do not otherwise offer delivery …

Apple Excitedly Welcomes Beats ‘To The Family’ Apple Excitedly Welcomes Beats ‘To The Family’

Apple’s acquisition of Beats is officially official. The company even put out an extra special landing page welcoming the team to the Apple family. Most of its acquisitions are barely even acknowledged. Welcome to the family—Jimmy, Dre, Luke, Ian and …

Twitter Acquires Mitro Labs, As EFF Helps Turn Mitro Into Open Source Project Twitter Acquires Mitro Labs, As EFF Helps Turn Mitro Into Open Source Project

Twitter is apparently on something of an acquisition spree. This week, we already learned that Twitter acquired Madbits, which specializes in deep/machine learning. Earlier this week, it announced the acquisition of CardSpring. On its earnings call this week, Twitter also …

Pinterest Acquires Icebergs, Which Is Shutting Down Pinterest Acquires Icebergs, Which Is Shutting Down

Pinterest has acquired Icebergs, a service that let users organize and share content for creative projects. The product will be shutting down as its founders join Pinterest, relocating from Spain to San Francisco. Icebergs announced the news on its site: …

Twitter Acquires Machine Learning Company Madbits Twitter Acquires Machine Learning Company Madbits

Twitter has made another acquisition, picking up Madbits, which specializes in deep learning/machine learning, and has been working on technologies that can help extract information from raw media, such as images. This is the kind of thing that a company …

BlackBerry Acquires ‘Anti-Eavesdropping’ Company Secusmart BlackBerry Acquires ‘Anti-Eavesdropping’ Company Secusmart

BlackBerry announced that it has reached an agreement to acquire Secusmart, a voice and data encryption company, which makes “anti-eavesdropping” solutions for government organizations and companies. The two companies have partnered in the past, offering Secusmart technology, including the SecuSUITE …