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eBay Buys Payments Platform Braintree For $800 Million eBay Buys Payments Platform Braintree For $800 Million

eBay announced that it is acquiring payments platform Braintree for about $800 million in cash. Braintree powers payments on OpenTable, Airbnb, TaskRabbit and Uber, and will continue to operate as a separate service under PayPal. “Braintree is a perfect fit …

GoDaddy Readies For New TLDs With Afternic Acquisition GoDaddy Readies For New TLDs With Afternic Acquisition
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GoDaddy announced on Thursday that it has acquired domain name aftermarket company Afternic as it prepares for new TLDs. The company will keep Afternic’s staff in the Boston Area. GoDaddy CEO Blake Irving had this to say: “Having the right …

Google Just Bought Bump, Apps Will Continue On Google Just Bought Bump, Apps Will Continue On

Google has acquired Bump, the makers of the app of the same name that allows you to share information between phones by bumping them together. The news was announced on the Bump blog. Bump co-founder and CEO David Lieb said, …

Twitter Buys MoPub, Will Use It In Twitter Ads Platform Twitter Buys MoPub, Will Use It In Twitter Ads Platform

Twitter announced that it has agreed to acquire mobile ad exchange MoPub. With MoPub, app publishers can manage their inventory and multiple sources of advertising (direct ads, house ads, ad network and real-time bidding). “The two major trends in the …

Groupon Buys Blink, Rebrands It With The ‘Groupon’ Name Groupon Buys Blink, Rebrands It With The ‘Groupon’ Name

Groupon announced on Monday that it has acquired Blink a “last-minute” travel app from Europe, which lets users find deals on same-day hotel bookings. “Based in Madrid, Blink works with more than 2,000 hotel partners in eight European countries, and …

AOL’s Adap.tv Acquisition Is Now Complete AOL’s Adap.tv Acquisition Is Now Complete

About a month ago, AOL announced the company’s biggest acquisition under CEO Tim Armstrong with news that it would buy video ad platform Adap.tv for $405 million. The company announced the completion of that acquisition today. “With the addition of …

Nokia/Microsoft Deal Likely to be the First of Many Nokia/Microsoft Deal Likely to be the First of Many

Earlier this week, Microsoft acquired its own handset manufacturer by buying up Nokia‘s devices and services business. The move brings Microsoft closer to its goal of being a devices and services company as a whole. It is also likely to …

IBM Completes Trusteer Acquisition IBM Completes Trusteer Acquisition

IBM has completed its acquisition of Trusteer, first announced last month. “The way organizations protect data is quickly evolving,” said Trusteer CEO Mickey Boodaei at the time. “As attacks become more sophisticated, traditional approaches to securing enterprise and mobile data …

Microsoft Buys Nokia’s Phones Unit, Brings Elop Back Microsoft Buys Nokia’s Phones Unit, Brings Elop Back

Microsoft and Nokia announced that the former will acquire the latter’s devices and services business for 3.79 billion Euros ($5 billion), and will pay 1.65 billion Euros ($2.18 billion) to license Nokia’s patents, bringing the total transaction price to 5.44 …

Twitter Has Acquired Trendrr Twitter Has Acquired Trendrr

Trendrr announced today that it has been acquired by Twitter. Trendrr is a company that fits right in with all the TV and advertising-related efforts Twitter has been focusing on lately, as it claims to “harness the power of real-time …

Apple Buys AlgoTrim, Which Apparently ‘Loves To Work With Android’ Apple Buys AlgoTrim, Which Apparently ‘Loves To Work With Android’

While perhaps not to the extent of Yahoo’s, Apple appears to be on something of a little acquisition spree of its own. The company has now acquired AlgoTrim. While AlgoTrim has not updated its News page since March, 2012, All …

ARM Buys Internet of Things Company Sensinode Oy ARM Buys Internet of Things Company Sensinode Oy

Semiconductor company ARM this week announced that it has acquired Sensinode Oy, a software company focused on “Internet of Things” products. The Internet of Things (IoT) refers to the coming phase of the internet in which a variety of products …

Yahoo Buys IQ Engines To Improve Flickr Yahoo Buys IQ Engines To Improve Flickr

Yes, Yahoo is still acquiring companies. This time it’s IQ Engines, an image search company, as first reported by AFP. IQ Engines does indeed have a message about the acquisition posted on its homepage: We are thrilled to announce that …

Apple Buys Embark To Continue Its Maps Debacle Recovery Apple Buys Embark To Continue Its Maps Debacle Recovery
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Apple is still working to improve its Maps product for iOS, which was the subject of a great deal of grief and ridicule last fall, when iOS 6 launched without Google Maps. The Google Maps app, of course, was eventually …

GoDaddy Buys Website Builder Partner Locu GoDaddy Buys Website Builder Partner Locu
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GoDaddy announced today that it is acquiring San Francisco-based Locu, which provides services for local merchants. According to the company it’s used by over 30,000 businesses. The two companies have actually been working together for several months. GoDaddy integrated Locu …

IBM To Launch Super Security Lab With Big Trusteer Acquisition IBM To Launch Super Security Lab With Big Trusteer Acquisition

IBM announced on Thursday that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire security company Trusteer. With the news, IBM is launching a cybersecurity software lab in Israel, which it says will bring together over 200 Trusteer and IBM …

Apple Reportedly Acquires Matcha, Presumably As Part Of Its TV Plans Apple Reportedly Acquires Matcha, Presumably As Part Of Its TV Plans

Apple has reportedly acquired Matcha.tv, former provider of an iOS app, which served as something of a TV guide for cable, online streaming services and online video stores like iTunes and Amazon. Matcha.tv was shut down a few months ago, …

Twitter Acquires Tech Training Company Marakana to Help Run New ‘Twitter University’ Twitter Acquires Tech Training Company Marakana to Help Run New ‘Twitter University’

Twitter wants to make sure its engineers are some of the best around, and in order to assure that they’ve just acquired an open source training company to help. The company is Marakana, a company that has developed courses for …

Facebook Acquires Speech Translation Company Mobile Technologies, Makers of Offline Translation App Jibbigo Facebook Acquires Speech Translation Company Mobile Technologies, Makers of Offline Translation App Jibbigo
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Facebook has just announced that they have acquired Mobile Technologies, a language software developer who is best known as the makers of the Jibbigo app. Mobile Technologies’ team will head to Menlo Park to join Facebook’s engineering team. “I’m excited …

AOL Buys Adap.tv In Armstrong’s Biggest Deal Yet AOL Buys Adap.tv In Armstrong’s Biggest Deal Yet
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AOL just announced that it is acquiring Adap.tv for $405 million ($322 million in cash and about $83 million in stock). As some have pointed out, this is the biggest acquisition the company has made since Tim Armstrong took over …

Jeff Bezos Is Buying The Washington Post Jeff Bezos Is Buying The Washington Post
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The Washington Post Company just announced that Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos is buying its publishing business, including The Washington Post newspaper for $250 million. I bet you didn’t see that coming. To be clear, Bezos is buying it. …