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Apple Officially Announces Beats Acquisition Apple Officially Announces Beats Acquisition

You knew it was coming, but now it’s official. Apple just made the announcement that it has agreed to acquire Beats Music and Beats Electronics. Co-founders Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre will be joining the company. The price is approximately …

Microsoft Acquires App Analytics Company Capptain Microsoft Acquires App Analytics Company Capptain

Microsoft announced today that it has acquired Capptain, a platform for app developers that combines analytics with push notifications and in-app messaging campaigns. Here it is in a nutshell: Microsoft will integrate Capptain with Azure. “With Capptain’s solution, organizations can …

Google Said To Be Close To $1 Billion Skybox Imaging Acquisition Google Said To Be Close To $1 Billion Skybox Imaging Acquisition

Google is on the verge of acquiring Skybox Imaging, a satellite company, for over $1 billion, according to a report from TechCrunch. This isn’t the first time the two companies have been reported to be in talks. The Information reported …

Twitter Reportedly Backs Out of SoundCloud Talks Twitter Reportedly Backs Out of SoundCloud Talks

Just a day after reports emerged that Twitter was mulling a purchase of music streaming and sharing site SoundCloud, The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Twitter has backed out of those talks. They quote a source familiar with the …

Comcast, Time Warner Still the Most Hated as Regulators Weigh Merger Comcast, Time Warner Still the Most Hated as Regulators Weigh Merger

The American Customer Satisfaction Index, a gigantic (80,000 or so) annual survey that asks Americans about their satisfaction with certain companies and areas of the national economy, has once again shown that people really, really hate Comcast and Time Warner …

Twitter Reportedly Mulling SoundCloud Purchase Twitter Reportedly Mulling SoundCloud Purchase

After failing to create enough interest in their own music app to keep it alive, Twitter is reportedly considering a deal to acquire popular music sharing service SoundCloud. According to sources familiar with both companies who spoke with ReCode, Twitter …

Google Acquires Divide To Get Android In The Enterprise Google Acquires Divide To Get Android In The Enterprise

Google has made another acquisition. This time it’s Divide, which provides a platform combining cloud-based management and device-level technology to help companies “get the most out of mobile technology and corporate BYOD policies”. Thrilled to announce @Divide is joining Google. …

AT&T Officially Buying DirecTV For Nearly $50 Billion AT&T Officially Buying DirecTV For Nearly $50 Billion

After weeks of rumor and speculation, AT&T has officially announced that it will acquire DirecTV in a stock-and-cash transaction for $95 per share based on AT&T’s Friday closing price, putting it at $48.5 billion. The deal will still face regulator …

Yahoo Buys Blink, Will Shut It Down Yahoo Buys Blink, Will Shut It Down

Yahoo has acquired Blink, one of those “self-destructing chat” apps. The app, however, is going away, as Yahoo takes the talent behind it. We're excited to announce that Blink is now part of Yahoo! Thanks to all of our users. …

Apple Is Buying Beats Because It Has an Assload of Money (Says Funny or Die)

The big rumor in the tech world this week is that Apple is in talks to acquire Beats Electronics, makers of the Beats by Dre headphones and recent launcher of a streaming music service. The news came out of left …

AT&T/DirecTV Deal Reportedly Just Weeks Away AT&T/DirecTV Deal Reportedly Just Weeks Away

Earlier this month, reports indicated that AT&T was considering acquiring DirecTV in a deal that would be worth at least $40 billion. The merger would create a entity that would serve roughly 26 million subscribers. At the time, there was …

Hillshire Farm Buys Pinnacle Foods For $6.6 Billion Hillshire Farm Buys Pinnacle Foods For $6.6 Billion

Hillshire Brands, the food company behind Jimmy Dean Sausages, Ball Park hot dogs, and Sara Lee frozen pies, today announced that it will be acquiring food company Pinnacle Foods. Hillshire will acquire all outstanding shares of Pinnacle stock for approximately …

Google Acquires Stackdriver For Cloud Platform Google Acquires Stackdriver For Cloud Platform

Google announced on Wednesday that it has acquired Stackdriver, a provider of cloud monitoring services. “Stackdriver has built a leading service to help developers intelligently monitor the apps and services they’re building and running in the cloud,” says Google product …

Google Acquires Restaurant Info Service Appetas Google Acquires Restaurant Info Service Appetas

Google has acquired Appetas, a service that lets restaurants showcase their menus across devices. Restaurant owners can keep their info up to date on their own. Or at least they could. Google is shutting the service down as it takes …

Google Adds Adometry For New Analytics Tools Google Adds Adometry For New Analytics Tools

Google announced that it has acquired Adometry, which will become part of its Analytics offerings. Adometry is an advanced marketing attribution and cross-channel optimization solutions provider. More on what it’s all about here. Google Analytics had this to say on …

AT&T Said To Seek DirecTV Acquisition AT&T Said To Seek DirecTV Acquisition

First Comcast and Time Warner proposed a merger, which is still going through the regulatory rounds. Now, according to The Wall Street Journal, AT&T is considering acquiring DirecTV in a deal it says would be worth at least $40 billion. …

Microsoft Now Officially Owns Nokia’s Devices & Services Business Microsoft Now Officially Owns Nokia’s Devices & Services Business

Well, it’s official. Microsoft announced on Friday (as expected) that it has completed its acquisition of Nokia’s Devices and Services business. It’s been approved by shareholders, and all the government regulatory bodies. Microsoft can now go forward full-throttle with its …

Facebook Is Buying Exercise-Tracking App Moves Facebook Is Buying Exercise-Tracking App Moves

Facebook is acquiring ProtoGeo Oy, makers of the Moves app. The story was reported earlier by the Wall Street Journal, and the Moves blog announces that the company is joining Facebook. “Since we launched Moves, we’ve been focused on running …

Etsy Announces Acquisition Of Grand St. Etsy Announces Acquisition Of Grand St.

Etsy announced on Wednesday that it is acquiring creative technology marketplace Grand St. Its team, including co-founders Amanda Peyton, Joe Lallouz, and Aaron Henshaw, will join the company. Grand St. gives makers of hardware products a place to list their …

WhatsApp Hits 500 Million Users, 700 Million Photos Shared Daily WhatsApp Hits 500 Million Users, 700 Million Photos Shared Daily

Messaging app WhatsApp has just announced a huge milestone–they’ve topped half a billion “regular, active” users. And those users are sharing more than 700 million photos and 100 million videos every day. “Thanks to all of you, half a billion …

Microsoft To Close Nokia Devices And Services Acquisition, Signs Licensing Agreement With Motorola Microsoft To Close Nokia Devices And Services Acquisition, Signs Licensing Agreement With Motorola

In 2011, Microsoft and Nokia partnered to create a “third” smartphone horse in the race against Apple and Android. In September, it became more than a partnership when the two companies announced that Microsoft would buy Nokia’s Devices & Services …