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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 …

These Drones Will Reportedly Join Google’s Robot Army These Drones Will Reportedly Join Google’s Robot Army

So remember how Facebook was going to buy those Titan Aerospace drones? It appears Google has swept in to buy them instead. According to The Wall Street Journal, Google has agreed to buy Titan Aerospace to utilize the drones to …

FTC to Facebook: Don’t Screw with User Privacy After WhatsApp Acquisition FTC to Facebook: Don’t Screw with User Privacy After WhatsApp Acquisition

Today, Facebook Chief Privacy Officer Erin Egan and WhatsApp General Counsel Anne Hoge received a diplomatic, but pointed letter from Jessica Rich, the Federal Trade Commussion’s Bureau of Consumer Protection head. And the TL;DR version is this: don’t screw with …

Twitter Acquires Cover, Keeps It Alive (For Now) Twitter Acquires Cover, Keeps It Alive (For Now)

Cover, an Android lockscreen app, announced that it has been acquired by Twitter. It’s unclear exactly what Twitter intends to do with it, but the app will remain active at least for now. In a blog post (via TechCrunch), the …

Report: Klout Acquisition Official Report: Klout Acquisition Official

Last month, we learned that Klout was to be acquired by Lithium Technologies after Re/Code broke the news, which was never actually confirmed. Now, it’s been confirmed. CNN reports, “It’s official,” and says the deal is valued at about $200 …

Facebook Acquires Oculus VR For $2 Billion Facebook Acquires Oculus VR For $2 Billion

When you woke up this morning, did you think Facebook would be acquiring the leader in virtual reality technology? Me neither, but here we are. Mark Zuckerberg announced this afternoon that Facebook would be acquiring Oculus VR – the makers …

Dell Acquires Analytics Company StatSoft Dell Acquires Analytics Company StatSoft

Dell today announced that it has acquired StatSoft, an analytics solutions company that specialized in predictive analytics software, data mining, and data visualization. According to Dell’s announcement the acquisition will put StatSoft and its experts into Dell’s big data division, …

Microsoft Expects Nokia Deal To Close Next Month Microsoft Expects Nokia Deal To Close Next Month

Microsoft announced on Sunday night that its big Nokia deal is nearing the final stages, but won’t be completed until next month. The company has already received approval from regulatory bodies in 15 markets on five continents, but is awaiting …

Comcast/Time Warner Merger Now Being Reviewed by Multiple States As Well Comcast/Time Warner Merger Now Being Reviewed by Multiple States As Well

When the largest company in any arena announces plans to purchase the second-largest company in the same arena, you can hear whatever crumb of competition that currently exists slowly falling from the market. It sounds like the faint cries of …

WhatsApp ‘Sets Record Straight’ On Facebook Acquisition WhatsApp ‘Sets Record Straight’ On Facebook Acquisition

A little less than a month ago, Facebook announced that it is acquiring WhatsApp for about $19 billion. There have been countless articles about what this deal will mean for WhatsApp users in the meantime, and apparently WhatsApp hasn’t been …

Google-Backed Renaissance Learning Gets Acquired Google-Backed Renaissance Learning Gets Acquired

One of the first three companies to get money from Google Capital announced today that it is being acquired. Learning analytics company Renaissance Learning will be acquired by Hellman & Friedman for $1.1 billion. Google announced the launch of Google …

Google Acquires Part Of Green Throttle Games Google Acquires Part Of Green Throttle Games

Guitar Hero creator Charles Huang (along with Matt Crowley and Karl Townsend) announced the launch of Green Throttle Games roughly a year and a half ago to focus on gaming hardware. Its first project was a controller for Android devices. …

Yahoo Acquires Vizify For Data Visualization Yahoo Acquires Vizify For Data Visualization

Yahoo has acquired data visualization company Vizify, which turns social media data into infographic, video and card formats. Vizify announced the news on its blog: We started Vizify in 2011 with the vision of transforming the information that we all …

Google Never Tried to Buy WhatsApp, Says SVP Google Never Tried to Buy WhatsApp, Says SVP

The rumor coming on the heels of the biggest acquisition in recent memory–Facebook’s $19 billion buy of messaging service WhatsApp–was that Google also wanted to snatch up the wildly popular app and at one point had offered a handsome sum. …

Square Acquires Appointment-Booking Software Maker BookFresh Square Acquires Appointment-Booking Software Maker BookFresh

Square announced on Wednesday that it has acquired BookFresh, makers of appointment booking software. “Sellers use Square for far more than accepting payments: They manage their point of sale with Square Register, run loyalty programs and promotions for customers, and …

Oracle Is Buying BlueKai For Big Data Marketing Oracle Is Buying BlueKai For Big Data Marketing

Oracle announced on Monday that it has signed an agreement to acquire cloud-based big data platform BlueKai, which offers a solution for personalizing marketing campaigns. According to Oracle, BlueKai has the “world’s largest third party data marketplace to augment a …

IBM To Acquire DBaaS Provider Cloudant IBM To Acquire DBaaS Provider Cloudant

IBM announced on Monday that it has entered into an agreement to acquire database-as-a-service provider Cloudant. Cloudant, which IBM will use to expand its big data/analytics, cloud computing and mobile offerings, lets developers create next-gen mobile and web apps “easily …

Google Acquires Spider.io To Get Better At Fighting Ad Fraud Google Acquires Spider.io To Get Better At Fighting Ad Fraud

Google announced on Friday that it has acquired spider.io, an ad fraud-fighting technology company. Google will include this technology in its video and display ad products as a complement to measures it has already taken. Google VP of Display Advertising …

Yes, Tesla Talked to Apple, But Acquisition Is Unlikely Yes, Tesla Talked to Apple, But Acquisition Is Unlikely

Tesla CEO Elon Musk confirmed that people at Tesla did meet with people at Apple, but it’s unlikely that any rumored merger will take place. Musk did say that “if” the talks had anything to do with a possible acquisition, …