All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘Deals’

Yahoo Announces Connected TV Partnership with Toshiba

Yahoo just announced a new partnership with Toshiba to feature Yahoo TV Widgets on several models of Toshiba’s latest 6”-55” HDTVs, including the WX800 Cinema Series 3D LED. "With the addition of Toshiba, Yahoo! now has partnerships with some of the biggest OEMs in the world, including Samsung, Sony, LG, Vizio, Hisense and most recently, Vestel," representative for Yahoo tells WebProNews. 

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Yahoo Finance Incorporates Bloomberg Content

Less than a week ago, a company called Pageonce announced that it had hired away the head of Yahoo Finance.  Yahoo Finance doesn’t appear to be in any way floundering in the wake of that change, though, as the property is benefiting from a fresh content deal with Bloomberg.

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Netflix Makes Deal to Stream First-Run Theatrical Releases

Netflix announced a new deal with Nu Image/Millennium Films today. The agreement will allow Netflix to stream first-run theatrical films to its members. 

Netflix says the deal is an example of how it is moving to expand both variety and timliness of its streaming catalog. The deal is expected to provide five to ten theatrical films per year for Netflix streaming. 

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Yahoo Scores Deal With Europe’s Largest TV Maker

After wisely letting the air clear following the big Apple TV announcement (and all the comparisons to Google TV), Yahoo’s stepped forward to remind everyone that it also intends to compete in the connected TV space.  Yahoo announced a partnership with a major TV manufacturer this morning.

Vestel, the TV manufacturer in question, is Europe’s largest.  It claims to produce 16 percent of LCD TVs made on the continent, and 25 percent of digital set-top boxes, too.

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Google-MySpace Deal May Be On For Another Month

It looks like MySpace’s dealings with Google aren’t over – or conclusively continued – just yet.  Even though a search and advertising deal is set to expire today, a report’s indicated that the companies’ existing contract has been extended a short time while negotiations continue.

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YouTube Seals Its Biggest “Premium Sports” Deal Yet

Baseball fans in Japan and four other countries have reason to celebrate today.  A record-breaking deal involving YouTube and Major League Baseball has been struck, and as a result, said fans will gain access to lots and lots of footage.

In an email to WebProNews, a YouTube representative provided some more details in the form of bullet points.  One highlight is that "[f]ull-length, catch-up MLB games [will be] available in Japan 36 hours after they air."  Historic game footage will be offered, too, along with profiles of Japanese players.

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Yahoo Canada Partners With Zoocasa

Canadians with an interest in real estate should now get more use out of the Yahoo homepage.  Yahoo Canada has partnered with a company called Zoocasa to launch a new application that’s located right by eBay- and Facebook-related apps.

Zoocasa is supposed to be Canada’s fastest-growing real estate site, and a statement issued by Yahoo explained, "Now the more than 17 million Canadians who visit Yahoo! every month will be able to search for a new home, research local neighbourhoods and receive updates about properties that fit their personal profile . . ."

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Google Acquires Social Startup Angstro

A company that was founded for the specific purpose of addressing one of Google’s weaknesses has now been acquired by the larger corporation.  Angstro should help Google (and whatever sort of social network it’s building) distinguish between lots of results for a given name.

Angstro is shutting down due to the acquisition, and Google’s given no sign of when anything will resurface, so don’t count on being able to try the tech out for yourself in the near future.  But the company’s search powers do sound impressive.

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Target Launches Online Weekly Ad Deals

Retailer Target has introduced a new online weekly ad called “My TargetWeekly” that offers users deals.

My TargetWeekly allows users to create customized views and deal alerts so they know when items they are looking for are on sale. Users can also view coupons, see top 10 deals, share via Facebook and Twitter and create their own customized mobile shopping lists to use in-store or online.


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Motorola Buys 280 North to Foster Android Growth

While no official announcement has been made by either party, Motorola has reportedly acquired 280 North, a startup known for developing the Cappuccino programming language.

TechCrunch claims to have confirmed the acquisition, and has heard that the price is around $20 million, though this is not confirmed. Michael Arrington shares this quote from a Motorola spokesperson:

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Opera Enters Agreement With Telenor for Co-Branded Browsers

Opera has announced a non-exclusive agreement with the Telenor Group, aimed at stimulating growth of mobile Internet services across Telenor’s business units.

As part of the agreement, Opera and any of Telenor’s business units may develop a co-branded version of Opera Mini that is adapted to the local operator.

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AT&T Sells Centennial Comm. Assets to Verizon

AT&T announced that it has completed the sale of certain wireless assets of Centennial Communications to Verizon Wireless. The release says:

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Analyst Suggests Yahoo Interested In Hulu Stake

If and when Hulu goes public, Yahoo might be interested in purchasing a significant number of shares, according to an analyst.  What’s more, the company supposedly wouldn’t purchase them as a standard compound-your-worth investment, but instead to really buy into the business.

We’ll note right here: this seems to be one man’s opinion, not any sort of official plan.  Also, it’s of course hard to say when Hulu will hold an IPO and what Yahoo’s financial state will be at that time.

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Yahoo, CafeMom Understood To Be In Acquisition Talks

Millions of mothers may soon become much better acquainted with Yahoo.  Rumor has it that CafeMom, the popular site aimed at female parents, is close to being acquired by the company, although the matter of price apparently remains a significant sticking point.

According to Kara Swisher‘s anonymous sources, Yahoo’s prepared to pay $100 million.  CafeMom would like to see $200 million instead, so the deal isn’t a sure thing.

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Yahoo Japan Acquires Cirius Technologies

An organization that bears Yahoo’s name – even though Yahoo just holds a 35 percent stake in it – has acquired another company.  Cirius Technologies, which deals in location-based advertising tech, is now part of Yahoo Japan.

Cirius’s primary business is a service called AdLocal.  It acts as a location-based mobile advertising network, allowing marketers to pick where and when consumers will see an appeal to buy something, along with who (in terms of demographics) the consumers will be.

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GeoEye Gets $3.8 Billion For Satellite Imagery Initiatives

GeoEye, the satellite provider, whose GeoEye-1 provides Google with what the company calls the world’s most advanced commercial satellite imagery, was just awarded a new $3.8 billion contract from the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) for increased commercial satellite-imaging capacity.

GeoEye highlights the following items that are included in the contract:

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Netflix Enters Deal with Epix to Stream More New Releases

Netflix has entered a new deal with Epix, through which it will let Netflix users instantly watch new releases and library titles from Epix. The movies will begin streaming on September 1, and include content from Paramount, Lionsgate, and MGM.

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Google Said To Make Another Social Acquisition

Time and time again, critics have said that Google can’t create a successful social product, and pointed to Google Buzz, Google Lively, and Google Wave as evidence.  Google can buy successful social products, however, and it’s reportedly done so again today by acquiring Jambool.

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Facebook Acquires Friendster Patents

Almost every time a company is dragged into court, the process becomes a drain on its resources and isn’t great for PR (no matter how ridiculous the claims).  It’s perhaps understandable, then, that Facebook has acquired all of Friendster’s social networking patents and patent applications for a reported $40 million.

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Bing Lands Deal With Sheraton Hotels

A well-respected line of hotels is entrusting at least part of its customers’ experience to Microsoft.  Sheraton Hotels & Resorts announced today that a new online destination, dubbed the "Sheraton Guest Portal," will be powered by Bing.

This arrangement is supposed to go well beyond putting the Sheraton logo somewhere on a modified version of the Bing homepage.  It isn’t meant to result in some one-size-fits-all site for all of the Sheratons around the world, either.

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LinkedIn Acquires Relevancy Specialist mSpoke

A quiet company that has been focused on "empowering consumers to make media relevant" will now become part of LinkedIn.  LinkedIn announced this morning that it will acquire Pittsburgh-based mSpoke for an unspecified amount.

mSpoke has operated somewhat under the radar for a while.  The company’s most recent blog post was written on October 11th of last year, and its most recent press release was published on February 4th, 2008.  LinkedIn’s interested in all aspects of the organization, though.

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Facebook Sees Huge Increase In Advertiser Spending

Advertisers have begun to divert – or even throw – much more money Facebook’s way, according to one of the company’s top execs.  COO Sheryl Sandberg indicated in an interview that some large organizations have increased their spending ten- or twentyfold in the last year.

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TomTom Taps Localeze for Local Business Listings

Localeze and TomTom have announced a partnership in which TomTom will have access to Localeze’s 14 million U.S. local search business listings for categorized points of interest. TomTom will make this content available for location content and navigation apps developers and device manufacturers.

"The number of GPS-enabled LBS subscribers is expected to take a big leap in coming years with market revenue reaching around US$ 9.8 Billion in 2013," a representative for Localeze tells WebProNews.

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Google’s YTD Acquisition Tab: $1.1 Billion

Sometimes, when acquiring a company, Google puts out multiple press releases and blog posts, sharing financial details and all other sorts of information.  Sometimes the search giant just mentions the purchase.  Today, though, Google had to disclose a few details for the sake of satisfying the SEC.

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Microsoft Sales Outweigh Acquisitions 2:1

People who keep up with tech news have probably noticed that Google makes acquisitions on a regular basis.  Meanwhile, reports concerning Microsoft buys are rare.  But that isn’t necessarily a sign of some media bias; Microsoft confirmed today that the companies it sold in the past year were worth more than the companies it acquired.

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Microsoft Doesn’t Plan to Let Yahoo and Google Do Their Thing in Japan

Microsoft is pissed that Yahoo Japan is going with Google rather than Bing. In fact, the company is reportedly moving to block the deal from going through.

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Playdom Enters Facebook Credits Deal

Facebook Credits are fast becoming the official currency of developers everywhere.  Following recent announcements involving LOLapps, CrowdStar, RockYou, and Wooga, Playdom has also entered a deal that will see it using nothing other than Facebook Credits for the next handful of years.

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Adobe to Acquire Day Software for $240 Million

Adobe announced today that it has entered an agreement to acquire Day Software, a content management software company. Adobe has launched a public tender offer to acquire all of the publicly held registered shares of the company for about $240 million.

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Rumor: Facebook May Get Hands On Hot Potato

Facebook’s hit all sorts of growth records in the last month or so, with its private stock reaching an all-time high ($65 per share) and its user count topping the 500 million mark.  Now, it looks like the organization may expand in another way, as a rumor has it ready to acquire Hot Potato.

Hot Potato is a check-in service that takes possibilities other than physical locations into account.  Users can, for example, say they’re listening to a particular song or reading a certain novel, not just check in at a concert or a bookstore.

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Disney Acquires Social Gaming Company Playdom

Last week, rumors surfaced that Disney was in late stage acquisition talks with social game company Playdom. Today, Disney has announced that it has indeed agreed to acquire it.

Playdom shareholders will receive total consideration of $563.2 million, subject to certain conditions, and a performance-linked earn-out of up to $200 million.

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RockYou Swears Allegiance To Facebook Credits

Facebook’s virtual currency has scored a significant win.  Today, RockYou, which is the developer behind apps including "SuperWall" and "Pieces of Flair," announced that it will effectively recognize no form of virtual money other than Facebook Credits for the next five years.

Read More Acquisition Rumored Possible, the URL shortener with a fish logo, might itself be snapped up in the not-too-distant future.  A new report indicates that Yahoo and several other (unidentified) companies are in talks to acquire the company, although it’s not time for business card shops to send out congratulatory notes/ads just yet.

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Nokia Siemens to Acquire Motorola Wireless Network Infrastructure for $1.2 Billion

Nokia Siemens Networks and Motorola today announced that Nokia Siemens  will acquire the majority of Motorola’s wireless network infrastructure assets. Said assets come at the price of $1.2 billion in cash.

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Google Acquires Metaweb For Smarter Search Results

Two days ago, Marissa Mayer published an article in which she mentioned the wide range of meanings a simple search term like "jaguar" can have.  Now, Google’s taken a big step towards improving its grasp of language, with the company announcing this afternoon that it’s acquired Metaweb.

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MySpace Acquires Threadbox Assets, Team

MySpace’s messaging interface may soon take a turn for the better – and/or the Facebook-like.  Late yesterday, MySpace acknowledged that it’s acquiring the assets and team of Threadbox, which deals in real-time social messaging and takes some amount of pride in comparisons to Facebook.

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Google Apps Goes To India

A country that’s known for its fast-developing tech industry – and for its enormous population – should soon have improved access to Google Apps.  Google and Tata Communications announced a deal today that involves both Google Apps and India (for starters).

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Omnicom Makes Big Commitment To Google Display Ads

Google’s display ad business is about to explode (in a positive way), according to a new report.  Omnicom Media Group has supposedly committed to spending hundreds of millions of dollars on Google’s display ads over just the next couple of years.

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Sports Illustrated And Turner To Launch New Sports Site

Sports Illustrated and Turner Sports, both owned by Time Warner, are partnering to create a new sports website, featuring media assets from the two companies.

Sports Illustrated will manage and create all editorial content across its platforms, including its magazine, its websites, mobile and the tablet version of the magazine.

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Facebook Acquires Travel Recommendations Firm

Just one week after Google announced its acquisition of travel industry giant ITA Software, it appears that Facebook is dipping a toe in the same water.  This afternoon, Nextstop revealed that it’s being absorbed by Mark Zuckerberg’s organization.

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Yahoo’s CFO Pledges To Improve Buying/Selling Strategy

If you’ve ever heard about a Yahoo acquisition and thought that the price sounded excessive – or heard about a sale and thought the opposite – know that Yahoo’s CFO is aware of the problem.  Tim Morse recently indicated that the company is trying much harder to spend wisely.

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Yahoo Partners With Offerpal Media

The Yahoo Application Platform (or Y!AP, if you shorten it and embrace the company’s use of exclamation points) grew significantly more appealing today.  A deal between Yahoo and Offerpal Media ensures that developers and users will have more payment options.

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Google Announces $700 Million Acquisition of ITA Software

Google announced that it has signed an acquisition agreement with ITA Software. Reports of talks surrounding such an acquisition were revealed in April, but talk heated up again this week, mostly regarding issues of concern expressed by many in the travel industry.

Marissa Mayer, Google’s VP, Search Products & User Experience, has now posted to the Official Google Blog that an agreement has been signed. She writes:

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MySpace Partners With Orange In France

In Europe, Orange is an almost omnipresent organization – the third-biggest mobile operator and the second-biggest broadband Internet provider, according to its own stats.  And so it seems MySpace has made an interesting compromise by entering into an advertising and content partnership with Orange in France today.

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Disney Reportedly Acquires Tapulous, Makers of Tap Tap Revenge

TechCrunch is reporting that Disney has acquired Tapulous, the makers of popular iPhone game Tap Tap Revenge. Very few details are given around this news or its source, but the publication says Tapulous founder Bart Decrem, who will join Disney as a VP.

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HP’s Acquisition of Palm is Complete

Update: The acquisition is now complete. See releases from HP and Palm.

Original Article (04/28): Hewlett-Packard just announced its intent to buy Palm for $1.2 Billion at $5.70 per share. The transaction has already been approved by the HP and Palm boards of directors.

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Groupon and McClatchy Team Up on Deals at Newspaper Sites

Groupon has signed a national agreement with The McClatchy Company to distribute exclusive content to McClatchy’s sites in 28 U.S. markets.

Visitors to McClatchy sites will get deals from Groupon that aren’t even available at These will initially launch in Sacramento and Kansas City, with other regions following over the coming months.

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Local search site has acquired Octane360, a provider of domain-based local ad solutions for small businesses, domain portfolio owners, agencies and channel partners. is paying $5 million in cash and stock, with an earnout of up to $5.9 million if certain performance criteria are met in the two-year period following the closing.

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Amazon Acquires Woot

Woot, the 24-hour deal site with a wacky sense of humor, has been acquired by Amazon.  Woot fans needn’t worry that all the fun’s coming to an end, however, as official announcements concerning the deal have so far been both completely reassuring and nearly nonsensical.

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Hulu Gossip: Subscription Service Might Debut Next Week

Speculation about Hulu’s subscription service is beginning to feel never-ending; inaccurate rumors concerning the date of its arrival and other details have been circulating for far too long.  But one new report indicates that a beta test of the subscription service might finally begin next week, and another hints that a deal with PlayStation is in the making.

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AOL Sells Market Research Firm DMS Insights to uSamp

Market research company uSamp has acquired DMS Insights (Digital Marketing Services) from AOL.

uSamp says it will combine with DMS to offer "best-in-class" online sample and panel management solutions, with the combined global panel reaching 2.7 million. The company notes that this includes an extensive Hispanic panel of over 100,000.

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