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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 …

Yahoo Acquires Yet Another Company In QuikIO (Sort Of) Yahoo Acquires Yet Another Company In QuikIO (Sort Of)

Yahoo, apparently trying to see how many it can squeeze in before the end of the year, has acquired yet another company (sort of). The company this time is QuikIO, not to be confused with Qwiki, which Yahoo acquired back …

The Google Robots Are Coming (Really) The Google Robots Are Coming (Really)
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The Google robots are coming. It was only a matter of time, wasn’t it? Speaking with former Android chief Andy Rubin, The New York Times revealed that he is now leading a secretive robotics lab at the company, and has …

Yahoo Acquires Ptch (How Many Acquisitions Can Yahoo Squeeze In This Year?) Yahoo Acquires Ptch (How Many Acquisitions Can Yahoo Squeeze In This Year?)

Yahoo must be trying to see how many acquisitions it can squeeze in before the new year. The company has now added Ptch to its roster. Ptch, backed by DreamWorks Animation, was essentially an Instagram for video before Instagram had …

Square Acquires Viewfinder Team To Expand In NYC Square Acquires Viewfinder Team To Expand In NYC

Square announced today that it has acquired Viewfinder for its engineering talent. Viewfinder built a photo organization app, but they won’t be working on that any longer. “The team is incredibly talented, having built an app that blends beautiful design …

Apple Acquires Topsy, Which Recently Launched A Twitter Search Engine Apple Acquires Topsy, Which Recently Launched A Twitter Search Engine

Apple has acquired social media analytics firm Topsy Labs for over $200 million, according to a report from the Wall Street Journal, citing “people familiar with the matter”. Topsy made headlines a few months ago when it launched a new …

Yahoo Acquires SkyPhrase For Natural Language Processing Yahoo Acquires SkyPhrase For Natural Language Processing

Yahoo announced today that it has acquired SkyPhrase, a developer of natural language processing technology. The company will become part of Yahoo Labs. “The team of four has built amazing natural language processing technology and we’re excited to welcome them …

Yelp Adds SeatMe Reservation Booking To Business Listings Yelp Adds SeatMe Reservation Booking To Business Listings

Yelp announced today that it is finally incorporating SeatMe directly into the Yelp experience. Yelp users can now book restaurant and bar reservations from the venue’s Yelp listing. Yelp announced the acquisition of SeatMe back in July. The price was …

Shareholders Reportedly Approve Microsoft Nokia Deal Shareholders Reportedly Approve Microsoft Nokia Deal

Nokia shareholders today reportedly voted to approve the company’s sale of its phones unit to Microsoft. “At an extraordinary general meeting in Helsinki, the chairman of the meeting said 99.7 per cent of investors to have voted before the meeting …