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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, …

Google Reportedly Offered WhatsApp $10B Before Facebook Snatched It Up for $19B Google Reportedly Offered WhatsApp $10B Before Facebook Snatched It Up for $19B

The big news yesterday afternoon came from Facebook, who announced that they were acquiring popular cross-platform messaging service WhatsApp for $19 billion–a staggering sum that dwarfs the nearly $1 billion Facebook paid for Instagram back in 2012. But it looks …

Check Out What eBay Can Do Now That It Owns PhiSix Check Out What eBay Can Do Now That It Owns PhiSix

eBay announced that it has acquired computer graphics company PhiSix, which creates 3D models of clothing from photos, pattern files and other sources. These graphics, according to the company, can simulate the actual behavior of the clothes, so people can …

Google Has Acquired SlickLogin, Which Lets You Log In Using Sounds You Can’t Hear Google Has Acquired SlickLogin, Which Lets You Log In Using Sounds You Can’t Hear

Google has acquired SlickLogin for an undisclosed figure. The startup launched only five months ago at TechCrunch Disrupt, and quickly managed to catch the interest of the technology giant. SlickLogin has not even become available to the public yet, but …

Yahoo Buys Another Company (Distill) Yahoo Buys Another Company (Distill)

Apparently Yahoo has no intention of stopping its acquisition spree. Just days after news came out that the company has acquired Wander, we learn that it has now acquired recruiting tool maker Distill. The company’s homepage has the announcement: We …

Comcast To Purchase Time Warner Cable For $45 Billion Comcast To Purchase Time Warner Cable For $45 Billion

Comcast is the nation’s largest cable and Internet provider whereas Time Warner Cable is the nation’s second largest. The two are also some of the most universally reviled among American consumers. Now both companies are joining forces. Comcast and Time …

Google Now Officially Owns Nest Google Now Officially Owns Nest
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Google officially closed its acquisition of Nest on Friday, just after gaining approval from the Federal Trade Commission. The company revealed in an SEC filing (via Re/code) that the transaction closed on February 7th. Here’s the relevant snippet: In January …

Yahoo Acquires Wander And ‘Days’ App Yahoo Acquires Wander And ‘Days’ App

Yahoo is showing no signs of slowing down the acquisition train. In the fifth piece of company-being-acquired-by-Yahoo news of the year, Yahoo has acquired Wander, which operates the social photo app Days. The Wander team announced the news on the …

Yahoo Acquires Another Pair Of Companies Yahoo Acquires Another Pair Of Companies
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The Yahoo acquisition train just keeps a rollin’. There’s one more day of January left. Let’s see if they can squeeze in one or two more. News has come out that the company has now acquired Tomfoolery and Incredible Labs. …

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 …