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Facebook Closes Oculus Acquisition

Facebook has closed its acquisition of virtual reality technology makers Oculus VR. The deal gained FTC approval in April, and has now completed its final steps. The Wall Street Journal shares this statement from both companies: “We’re looking forward to an exciting future together, building the next computing platform and reimagining the way people communicate.” Here’s what Mark Zuckerberg had …

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Twitter Acquires CardSpring As It Gets More Commerce-Friendly

Twitter announced that it has agreed to acquire payments infrastructure firm CardSpring. The company helps merchants work with publishers to create online-to-offline promotions. This seems like a good fit as Twitter moves further and further into the realm of ecommerce. CardSrping works with developers, publishers, merchants, and VARs, and offers an API that lets developers link apps to credit or …

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LinkedIn Acquires Newsle To Add Features To Its Own Services

LinkedIn just announced that it has acquired Newsle, a service that lets you connect to Facebook, LinkedIn, and your Gmail contacts, and lets you see when your connections are in the news. As far as I can tell, it doesn’t do a great job of showing everything, but the concept is interesting. The most recent stuff it’s showing me for …

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Yahoo Buys Rayv For Undisclosed Sum

The Wall Street Journal reported back in May that Yahoo as close to acquiring video streaming startup RayV. As of today, that has happened. The company will be joining Yahoo’s platform and services team. RayV has developed software for improving HD video streaming, and has a content distribution network, CMS, and DRM product. The RayV team announced the acquisition on …

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Facebook Is Buying Video Ad Tech Company LiveRail

Facebook announced that it is acquiring video advertising technology company LiveRail, which counts Major League Baseball, ABC Family, A&E Networks, Gannett, and Dailymotion among its clients. “We believe that LiveRail, Facebook and the premium publishers it serves have an opportunity to make video ads better and more relevant for the hundreds of millions of people who watch digital video every …

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Google Acquires Songza To Improve Google Play Music And Maybe YouTube

It’s been rumored for weeks, but Google just announced that it has acquired Songza. It will use the acquisition to improve Google Play Music. “They’ve built a great service which uses contextual expert-curated playlists to give you the right music at the right time,” Google says. “We aren’t planning any immediate changes to Songza, so it will continue to work …

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Twitter Is Acquiring TapCommerce

Twitter is acquiring mobile retargeting company TapCommerce, as first reported by Re/code . While not officially disclosed, the price is said to be “in the ballpark” of $100 million. TapCommerce and Twitter both just announced the acquisition in a blog post from each company. “Our team built our app retargeting technology from the ground-up exclusively for mobile, and our demand-side …

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Oculus Acquires the Team That Designed the Xbox 360 Controller

The Facebook-owned Oculus VR, makers of the Oculus Rift, have just announced the acquisition of Carbon Design, whom they call “one of the premier industrial design and product engineering teams in the country.” Exact terms of the deal were not disclosed, but Oculus says that it should close later this summer. According to Oculus, the Carbon Design team will split …

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Etsy Makes Its Biggest Acquisition Yet with ‘A Little Market’

Etsy has just announced the acquisition of A Little Market, a French company that serves as “an online destination for consumers in France looking for creative goods made by local artists and designers.” Sounds a lot like…yes, Etsy of course. Although Etsy didn’t disclose the financials on the deal, The Wall Street Journal quotes a source who says that the …

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Oracle Buys Micros Systems for $5.3 Billion

Oracle, no stranger to large acquisitions, has just announced a $5.3 billion buy of Micros Systems – a top provider of both hardware and software for the hospitality industry. Oracle says that the acquisition will allow the two companies to “help hotels, food & beverage facilities, and retailers to accelerate innovation, transform their businesses, and delight customers with complete, open …

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Google Acquires mDialog For DoubleClick

Google announced on Thursday that it has acquired mDialog, a video advertising technology company. A post from Google’s DoubleClick Digital Marketing Google+ Page (via TechCrunch) says: We’re thrilled to welcome mDialog to Google. Together, we’re committed to offering more ways for publishers to monetize live, linear and on-demand video content across all screens. While nothing’s changing for their customers immediately, …

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Twitter Announces SnappyTV Acquisition

Twitter announced on Thursday that it has acquired SnappyTV, which lets broadcasters edit TV snippets for social media. Twitter Director of Product Management Baljeet Singh explains the reasoning behind the acquisition: “One of the best ways to follow events as they unfold is through real-time videos on Twitter. As we continue to invest in video, it’s important for us to …

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