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Federated Media Sells Brand, Content Marketing Business, Forms ‘Sovrn’ With Battelle And Knapp Federated Media Sells Brand, Content Marketing Business, Forms ‘Sovrn’ With Battelle And Knapp

Federated Media announced that it has sold its brand and content marketing business to LIN Digital Media. Federated’s programmatic media and publisher platform business, which was built through its Lijit Networks acquisition back in 2011, will serve as an independent …

Google Is Following Its Robot Purchases With An Artificial Intelligence Acquisition Google Is Following Its Robot Purchases With An Artificial Intelligence Acquisition

Update: DeepMind will reportedly be integrated into Google’s search team. That may be good news for those fearing a robot apocalypse, but who’s to say the robots won’t make use of other technologies employed throughout the company? Google has reportedly …

AOL Acquires Web Personalization Firm Gravity AOL Acquires Web Personalization Firm Gravity

AOL announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire Gravity, developer of content optimization and personalization technology and “the Interest graph”. The deal is for $83 million, and an additional $7.7 million may be deferred and paid over …

Yahoo Acquires Sparq, Will Shut It Down Yahoo Acquires Sparq, Will Shut It Down

It’s been a couple weeks, so it was high time that Yahoo acquired another company. This time it’s Sparq, a mobile marketing company. The startup will reportedly be joining Yahoo at its campus in Sunnyvale. Sparq says in a message …

Google Is Buying Nest For $3.2 Billion Google Is Buying Nest For $3.2 Billion

Google announced on Monday that it has entered into an agreement to acquire Nest Labs. You know, the company behind the Nest Thermostat: And Nest Protect: Google is paying $3.2 billion in cash for the company whose mission is “to …

Facebook Acquires Branch, Potluck Facebook Acquires Branch, Potluck

Facebook has acquired Branch, the company behind link-sharing service Branch and iPhone app Potluck. Branch CEO Josh Miller announced the news on Facebook, saying that the company will be continuing its mission at Facebook. “We will be forming Facebook’s Conversations …

Groupon Buys Fashion Retailer Ideeli For $43 Million Groupon Buys Fashion Retailer Ideeli For $43 Million

Groupon announced on Monday that it has acquired fashion retailer ideeli for $43 million in cash. The purchase, Groupon says, will extend its presence in fashion and apparel. “These types of offers have been very popular with Groupon customers, and …

Facebook Acquires Little Eye Labs To Improve Mobile Apps Facebook Acquires Little Eye Labs To Improve Mobile Apps

Little Eye Labs, an Android app performance analysis startup, announced that it has been acquired by Facebook. This happens to be Facebook’s first acquisition of an Indian company. The team will move to Facebook’s headquarters in Menlo Park, and will …

Yahoo Buys Android Homescreen App Aviate Yahoo Buys Android Homescreen App Aviate

I can’t believe they got a whole week into 2014 before announcing an acquisition. If only CES had been last week. Yahoo announced at the show that it has acquired Android smart homescreen app Aviate, saying that it will make …

Microsoft Buys Parature For Dynamics CRM Microsoft Buys Parature For Dynamics CRM

Microsoft announced that it has reached an agreement to acquire cloud-based customer service software provider Parature. The company will add the software to its Microsoft Dynamics CRM suite. “Customers are more connected and better informed than ever before. Organizations are …

Pinterest Acquires VisualGraph And Its Visual Search Technology Pinterest Acquires VisualGraph And Its Visual Search Technology

Pinterest announced today that it has acquired VisualGraph, an image recognition and visual search technology startup. “VisualGraph’s two employees — founder Kevin Jing and colleague David Liu — will be joining the Pinterest engineering team today,” a spokesperson for Pinterest …

Groupon Now Officially Owns Ticket Monster (Formerly Of LivingSocial) Groupon Now Officially Owns Ticket Monster (Formerly Of LivingSocial)

Groupon announced an agreement to acquire LivingSocial’s Ticket Monster when it reported its Q3 earnings in November. On Friday, Groupon announced that it has closed the acquisition. Groupon paid $260 million in cash and stock for the Korean ticketing company. …

Bump And Flock Are Shutting Down This Month Bump And Flock Are Shutting Down This Month

Bump announced that it had been acquired by Google back in September. At the time, the company said that both the Bump app and its Flock photo sharing app would continue on. That is no longer the case. Bump revealed …

IBM Acquires Aspera For Super-Fast Big Data Transfer IBM Acquires Aspera For Super-Fast Big Data Transfer

IBM announced on Thursday that it is acquiring Aspera, makers of a solution that helps companies more quickly move massive data files to the cloud. The company claims its technology reduces transmission times for large files or data sets by …

3D Systems Buys A Chunk Of Xerox For $32.5 Million 3D Systems Buys A Chunk Of Xerox For $32.5 Million

3D Systems has been on a roll over the past few years with it acquiring a number of 3D printer startups and technologies to bolster its own offerings. Now the company is going after a piece of one of the …

Cisco Acquires Collaboration Platform Collaborate Cisco Acquires Collaboration Platform Collaborate
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Cisco announced that it has acquired mobile productivity platform Collaborate. Collaborate unifies messaging, document sharing, and task management across mobile apps on mobile devices and the web. It integrates with Box, Dropbox, Evernote and Google Drive. Co-workers can participate in …

PayPal Acquires Mobile App Platform Developers StackMob PayPal Acquires Mobile App Platform Developers StackMob
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PayPal has acquired mobile application development firm StackMob. The company’s engineers will join the PayPal team. The StackMob team has roots coming from JBoss/Red Hat, NexTag, Zynga, Cisco and Salesforce. The company has been backed by Trinity Ventures, Harrison Metal, …

Facebook Acquires Sports Conversation Analysis Firm SportStream Facebook Acquires Sports Conversation Analysis Firm SportStream

Facebook announced an agreement to acquire SportStream, a San Francisco-based builder of sports conversation analysis technology. The company’s technology (which is apparently patent-pending) surfaces what it deems to be the highest quality Facebook posts and tweets, as well as Instagram …

Amazon Has Reportedly Acquired Gopago Amazon Has Reportedly Acquired Gopago

Update: It looks like Amazon only bought certain technologies and hired certain talent from Gopago, while Doublebeam actually acquired the rest. According to reports, Amazon has acquired Gopago, a PoS solutions company. The reports (later picked up by TechCrunch) appear …

Square Acquires Expense-Sharing Service Evenly Square Acquires Expense-Sharing Service Evenly

Square has just added another mobile transactions company to their team, announcing the acquisition of Evenly today. “[W]e’re pleased to announce that the Evenly team is joining Square. Evenly’s app made it easy for anyone to send or collect payments …

Yahoo Said To Be Eyeing Imgur Acquisition (Imgur: No Story Here) Yahoo Said To Be Eyeing Imgur Acquisition (Imgur: No Story Here)

Update: When asked for comment, a spokesperson for Imgur tells us, “There really isn’t any story there.” Yahoo is reportedly trying to buy Imgur. At least it has been trying. It’s unclear whether or not the two companies are still …