All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘Acquisitions ’

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 development of Form! I speak for the team when I say that we’re incredibly humbled by what the community has …

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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 options, it looks like The Onion has done the same. According to a report from Bloomberg, Onion Inc. (which owns …

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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 bring value for advertisers on both platforms. BrightRoll powers video ads for 87 of the AdAge Top 100 U.S. advertisers, …

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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 they’re not exactly trying to sell Funny or Die, but they are bringing in experts to evaluate the situation, considering …

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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, Moto E and the DROID series. It automatically makes Lenovo the third largest maker of smartphones. “Motorola is in great …

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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 nightlife. This follows the announcement last week that Yelp acquired Germany’s Restaurant-Kritik, which also specializes in restaurants. Yelp says these …

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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 been inspired by Nest since our foundation, and are thrilled to be part of the Nest family. Together, we’re going …

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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 Restaurant-Kritik site will remain operational. Yelp says in a blog post: Restaurant-Kritik joining Yelp helps make the largest global community …

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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 DeepMind earlier this year for reportedly somewhere in the $400 million to $500 million range, and it’s the result of …

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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 realtime. Google’s Greg DeMichillie had this to say in a blog post: Mobile is one of the fastest-growing categories of …

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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 22 nanometer (nm), 14nm and 10nm semiconductors for the next 10 years. According to Bloomberg, IBM is paying Globalfoundaries $1.5 …

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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 shareholders, by the same nearly 100 percent margin, approved the deal. That means all that’s left in the way of …

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