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Apple Reportedly Buys Cue (Formerly Greplin) Apple Reportedly Buys Cue (Formerly Greplin)

Apple has reportedly purchased Cue, the company formerly known as Greplin, in a bid to compete with Google Now on personalized search. TechCrunch’s Alexia Tsotsis says she’s confirmed with “a person who should know” that the acquisition occurred, and that …

Google Buys Motion Gesture Tech Firm Flutter Google Buys Motion Gesture Tech Firm Flutter

Google has acquired motion gesture technology company Flutter. Flutter CEO Navneet Dalal announced the news on the company’s site. Flutter’s technology allows users to control their devices without touching them, using hand gestures. It currently has an app for Mac …

Yahoo Makes Another Sports-Related Acquisition With Hitpost Yahoo Makes Another Sports-Related Acquisition With Hitpost
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Yahoo has made yet another acquisition. This time it’s Hitpost, the company behind a handful of sports betting and polling apps. The acquisition was first reported by TechCrunch, but now Hitpost says in a message on its homepage: We are …

Bezos’ Acquisition Of The Washington Post Is Now Complete Bezos’ Acquisition Of The Washington Post Is Now Complete

The Washington Post Company has officially completed the sale of The Washington Post to Amazon founder Jeff Bezos. The deal was first announced back in early August. Bezos would buy the publishing business from the company, including the newspaper. The …

Google’s Waze Deal Won’t Face Antitrust Issues [REPORT] Google’s Waze Deal Won’t Face Antitrust Issues [REPORT]

Google looks to be in the clear concerning their recent acquisition of Israel-based navigation company Waze, according to a report from Bloomberg. They cite sources familiar with the matter who say that antitrust regulators will not challenge Google on the …

IBM To Bolster Analytics Portfolio With The Now Factory IBM To Bolster Analytics Portfolio With The Now Factory

IBM announced on Tuesday that it is pursuing the acquisition of The Now Factory, a Dublin-based provider of software analytics for communications service providers. IBM says the acquisition complements its MobileFirst Analytics portfolio, and is part of its long-term strategy …

eBay Buys Digital Marketplace Bureau of Trade eBay Buys Digital Marketplace Bureau of Trade

eBay announced on Friday that it has acquired digital marketplace Bureau of Trade. Founder Michael Phillips Moskowitz will join the eBay Marketplaces team. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. eBay says on its blog: This year, eBay enhanced its …

eBay Buys Payments Platform Braintree For $800 Million eBay Buys Payments Platform Braintree For $800 Million

eBay announced that it is acquiring payments platform Braintree for about $800 million in cash. Braintree powers payments on OpenTable, Airbnb, TaskRabbit and Uber, and will continue to operate as a separate service under PayPal. “Braintree is a perfect fit …

GoDaddy Readies For New TLDs With Afternic Acquisition GoDaddy Readies For New TLDs With Afternic Acquisition
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GoDaddy announced on Thursday that it has acquired domain name aftermarket company Afternic as it prepares for new TLDs. The company will keep Afternic’s staff in the Boston Area. GoDaddy CEO Blake Irving had this to say: “Having the right …

Google Just Bought Bump, Apps Will Continue On Google Just Bought Bump, Apps Will Continue On

Google has acquired Bump, the makers of the app of the same name that allows you to share information between phones by bumping them together. The news was announced on the Bump blog. Bump co-founder and CEO David Lieb said, …

Twitter Buys MoPub, Will Use It In Twitter Ads Platform Twitter Buys MoPub, Will Use It In Twitter Ads Platform

Twitter announced that it has agreed to acquire mobile ad exchange MoPub. With MoPub, app publishers can manage their inventory and multiple sources of advertising (direct ads, house ads, ad network and real-time bidding). “The two major trends in the …

Groupon Buys Blink, Rebrands It With The ‘Groupon’ Name Groupon Buys Blink, Rebrands It With The ‘Groupon’ Name

Groupon announced on Monday that it has acquired Blink a “last-minute” travel app from Europe, which lets users find deals on same-day hotel bookings. “Based in Madrid, Blink works with more than 2,000 hotel partners in eight European countries, and …

AOL’s Adap.tv Acquisition Is Now Complete AOL’s Adap.tv Acquisition Is Now Complete

About a month ago, AOL announced the company’s biggest acquisition under CEO Tim Armstrong with news that it would buy video ad platform Adap.tv for $405 million. The company announced the completion of that acquisition today. “With the addition of …

Nokia/Microsoft Deal Likely to be the First of Many Nokia/Microsoft Deal Likely to be the First of Many

Earlier this week, Microsoft acquired its own handset manufacturer by buying up Nokia‘s devices and services business. The move brings Microsoft closer to its goal of being a devices and services company as a whole. It is also likely to …

IBM Completes Trusteer Acquisition IBM Completes Trusteer Acquisition

IBM has completed its acquisition of Trusteer, first announced last month. “The way organizations protect data is quickly evolving,” said Trusteer CEO Mickey Boodaei at the time. “As attacks become more sophisticated, traditional approaches to securing enterprise and mobile data …

Microsoft Buys Nokia’s Phones Unit, Brings Elop Back Microsoft Buys Nokia’s Phones Unit, Brings Elop Back

Microsoft and Nokia announced that the former will acquire the latter’s devices and services business for 3.79 billion Euros ($5 billion), and will pay 1.65 billion Euros ($2.18 billion) to license Nokia’s patents, bringing the total transaction price to 5.44 …

Twitter Has Acquired Trendrr Twitter Has Acquired Trendrr

Trendrr announced today that it has been acquired by Twitter. Trendrr is a company that fits right in with all the TV and advertising-related efforts Twitter has been focusing on lately, as it claims to “harness the power of real-time …

Apple Buys AlgoTrim, Which Apparently ‘Loves To Work With Android’ Apple Buys AlgoTrim, Which Apparently ‘Loves To Work With Android’

While perhaps not to the extent of Yahoo’s, Apple appears to be on something of a little acquisition spree of its own. The company has now acquired AlgoTrim. While AlgoTrim has not updated its News page since March, 2012, All …

ARM Buys Internet of Things Company Sensinode Oy ARM Buys Internet of Things Company Sensinode Oy

Semiconductor company ARM this week announced that it has acquired Sensinode Oy, a software company focused on “Internet of Things” products. The Internet of Things (IoT) refers to the coming phase of the internet in which a variety of products …

Yahoo Buys IQ Engines To Improve Flickr Yahoo Buys IQ Engines To Improve Flickr

Yes, Yahoo is still acquiring companies. This time it’s IQ Engines, an image search company, as first reported by AFP. IQ Engines does indeed have a message about the acquisition posted on its homepage: We are thrilled to announce that …

Apple Buys Embark To Continue Its Maps Debacle Recovery Apple Buys Embark To Continue Its Maps Debacle Recovery
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Apple is still working to improve its Maps product for iOS, which was the subject of a great deal of grief and ridicule last fall, when iOS 6 launched without Google Maps. The Google Maps app, of course, was eventually …