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Alibaba.com has announced its acquisition of Vendio, a multi-channel e-commerce company offering solutions for small businesses that let them sell through channels such as eBay, Amazon, and their own Vendio-supported stores.
Through the acquisition, Alibaba is gaining access to over 80,000 targeted small businesses in the U.S. and can direct them to Alibaba’s own Aliexpress wholesale transaction platform.
A popular iPhone app is now the property of eBay and about to get much better. eBay announced this afternoon that it’s acquired RedLaser, and the company best known for its auction site intends to make the app free, increase merchandise selection, and integrate it into other products.
RedLaser is actually free as of this moment – eBay made that transition immediately – so don’t hesitate to act if you’re interested in trying it out. The app is meant to help consumers look up product information and compare prices online.
Individuals who tend to both tote laptops and drink lots of coffee will have reason to think better of Starbucks and Yahoo in coming months. Starbucks intends to provide free WiFi in all of its stores, and then a partnership with Yahoo should result in the creation of a unique "Starbucks Digital Network."
Today marks a significant win for the Yahoo in terms of advertising deals and traditional media. Media General, a communications company with a market cap of around $250 million, announced that it will become the first member of the Yahoo Newspaper Consortium to sell Yahoo display ads at TV stations.
Update: As we reported months ago, Yahoo and Microsoft hope to get their search/advertising integration in place in time for the holidays. The Wall Street Journal has now confirmed that this is still the case.
Original Article (03/09): Yahoo’s line of thinking with regards to the big Microsoft/Yahoo search and advertising deal is that it will benefit both Microsoft and Yahoo’s advertisers, as well as consumers and publishers.
The difficulties Google encountered while trying to acquire AdMob apparently didn’t cause the company to give up on a related purchase. A new report indicates that Google has bought Invite Media, which deals in advertising tech, for perhaps $70 million.
Invite Media’s specialty is display media, and as its homepage makes clear, it offers a universal buying platform with ties to all sorts of organizations. Another item of interest is the second mention of Yahoo in the "News" column.
Google said today it has officially completed its acquisition of AdMob.
The Google Blog offers more details about the AdMob acquisition. "It’s clear that mobile advertising is becoming a much larger part of our clients’ and partners’ strategies and with this acquisition, it’s now a central part of our own business."
The Google PowerMeter energy monitoring tool may be ready to go from interesting experiment to omnipresent product. Google announced today that it’s entered a partnership with Current Cost, the largest global supplier of real-time displays that monitor energy usage.
A few travel experts are themselves completing a trip this morning. Google’s managed to get the folks behind Ruba – a travel site – to join its organization, and they’re all going to the Googleplex.
Ruba is 15 months old, and prior to this arrangement, was backed by Benchmark Capital (which has also invested in eBay, Twitter, and Yelp) and Draper Fisher Jurvetson (of Baidu, Hotmail, Skype, and Tesla Motors fame). That speaks to some pretty interesting things taking place.
Yahoo may soon announce a partnership with a very big mobile phone company. Supposedly Nokia – which reported around $12.7 billion in sales for the first quarter of this year – is prepared to start integrating Yahoo’s services into its products.
Two months ago, a company called Simplify Media went off the radar, halting new account creations and disabling one feature of a service it kept alive. Many users panicked. Now, it turns out Simplify Media wasn’t so much crawling under a rock to die as getting swallowed up by Google.
A company that specializes in VoIP and videoconferencing technology should soon become a part of Google. The search giant announced this morning that it is making an offer to buy Global IP Solutions for $68.2 million in cash.
Global IP Solutions is a rather big deal in its niche. Headquartered in San Francisco, it has offices in Boston, Hong Kong, and Stockholm, and its customers include internationally recognized corporations like AOL, Baidu, Brasil Telecom, Mail.ru, Samsung, and Yahoo.
If Microsoft makes any acquisitions in the next few months, don’t look for the term "billion" to be involved. Even "___ hundred million" may be out of the question. Microsoft’s CFO, Peter Klein, recently indicated that the corporation isn’t interested in spending lots of money.
The bad news for Google is that the FTC still hasn’t approved its acquisition of AdMob, and according to a fresh report, has in fact decided to take even more time to think things over. The good news is that the FTC was supposedly motivated to review the situation by a development that makes a Google monopoly look less probable.
Any eBay shareholders who were less than thrilled about eBay’s $1.2 billion acquisition of Gmarket last June may feel better after hearing about a new plan that involves the property. eBay announced late yesterday that it intends to work with Gmarket’s founder to expand Gmarket’s presence in Japan and Singapore.
The Federal Trade Commission is not going to give Google’s acquisition of AdMob a thumbs up, according to new reports. Indeed, the FTC seems likely to take the opposite approach and attempt to block the deal, with a formal show of opposition expected to occur in the near future.
Google’s acquisition spree continues with its latest pickup – BumpTop, makers of the BumpTop desktop environment, which is designed to bring a more 3D and "visceral" user interface to the operating system. The product has been available for Windows and Mac, but Android is the likely destination for its technology in Google’s hands.
Apple and Google are becoming increasingly competitive, and it would seem that they’re even competing for who can acquire the most companies in the shortest amount of time. Apple has now acquired Siri and Intrinsity.
Siri is a voice command-based personal assistant app that lets you tell it what you want to do, and it will do most of the work for you, whether that be find the right restaurant and book a reservation, get a cab, or whatever. Watch this clip to see how it works:
Earlier this week, Alibaba.com launched a new business-to-business platform, and now, it looks like eBay and PayPal will get a boost from it, too. It’s been decided that AliExpress will offer PayPal as a payment option.
This may turn out to be a significant moment for both sides. Alibaba is a successful ecommerce platform based in Asia, with about 47 million registered users, but of course AliExpress is brand new. And PayPal is a big moneymaker for eBay, with roughly 84 million active accounts in existence, but Asia isn’t its home market.
Google has acquired widget developer Labpixies, which developed some of the first gadgets for Google’s personalized homepage iGoogle. It also develops apps for Android and iPhone.
"Over the years, we worked closely together on a variety of projects, including the launch of a number of global OpenSocial based gadgets. Recently, we decided that we could do more if we were part of the same team…" says Don Loeb of Google’s iGoogle team.
The market for apps seems to grow bigger every month, and one way for a company to get its name out there is to develop some apps of its own. A different – and much easier – way is to just partner with a business that points people towards apps, and this is the approach Yahoo took today, partnering with Appolicious.
Visa said today it has agreed to buy online payment processing firm CyberSource in an effort to strengthen its ecommerce business.
Visa said it will pay $26 a share or about $2 billion for CyberSource. The deal is expected to close in Visa’s fiscal fourth quarter. The transaction will dilute Visa’s earning for that quarter by about 4 or 5 cents a share.
Late last week, reports surfaced of Demand Media and USA Today reaching a deal in which Demand would contribute content to USA Today’s website. This is interesting because it’s an example of the controversial Demand Media penetrating mainstream news media. I spoke with Demand about the partnership and the prospect of similar partnerships in the future.
Here are a few facts about Telefonica: it’s a huge telecommunications company. It’s based in Spain. And it’s a good friend of Yahoo’s, considering that Telefonica has named Yahoo the exclusive search and search advertising provider on its mobile portal in Spain.
The "Facts about Google’s acquisition of AdMob" page Google established in November of last year apparently hasn’t satisfied the Federal Trade Commission’s curiosity. A fresh report indicates that the FTC has stepped up its investigation of the deal by seeking sworn declarations from third parties.
The acquisitive arm of Google reached out again today, and this time, grabbed DocVerse, a company that specializes in the real-time sharing and editing of documents. The unusual thing is that DocVerse doesn’t deal with just any documents; instead, it focuses on Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint, and Word documents.
Believe it or not, Yahoo has a market cap of about $22 billion, and the company intends to put some of that money to good use in the near future. Carol Bartz stated at the Transformation 2010 conference that she intends to acquire more stuff this year.
Google announced today it has acquired Picnik, a cloud-based photo editing service. The company consists of about 20 employees.
"Google processes petabytes of data every day, and with their worldwide infrastructure and world-class team, it is truly the best home we could have found. Under the Google roof we’ll reach more people than ever before, impacting more lives and making more photos more awesome," says Picnik in its announcement.
Update: Late Friday, Google announced that it closed the On2 Technologies acquisition, valued at about $124.6 million, after On2’s shareholders voted to approve the transaction.
A little less than a month ago, Google announced that it might shut down Google.cn and its offices in China. The search giant may not be giving up on the country entirely, however, as a new report has indicated that it’s part of a group attempting to invest in a large Chinese media and advertising company.
Yesterday and this morning, reports indicated that Yahoo wasn’t having much luck selling its small business unit and HotJobs. HotJobs has, however, found a new home. This afternoon, Monster announced that it’s agreed to acquire the property for $225 million, and Monster’s reached a traffic agreement with Yahoo, too.
Go to the Yahoo Small Business homepage, and you’ll be informed that "PC Magazine named us ‘Editors’ Choice.’" It seems that not many other entities are interested in either Yahoo’s small business unit or HotJobs, however, as plans to sell both may have fallen through.
Last month, we learned that AOL’s CEO, ex-Googler Tim Armstrong, doesn’t intend to blindly renew AOL’s search deal with Google when it expires in December. Google doesn’t appear ready to stand back and let Microsoft or some other company take its place, however.
Netflix said today it has reached deals with a number of distributors of independent film that will give its members the option to instantly watch hundred of new indie titles.
Netflix said it has reached non-exclusive licensing agreements to stream films from distributors The Criterion Collection, Gravitas Ventures, Kino Lorber, Music Box Films, Oscilloscope Laboratories and Regent Releasing.
Thanks to a new deal, Bing’s results for local businesses should soon get much better. A report’s indicated that Localeze, which specializes in local search, is going to provide something like 14 million business listings for Bing Local and Bing 411 to use.
Rick Spencer of Canonical, which distributes the Ubuntu version of Linux, revealed that Canonical has formed a revenue-sharing deal with Yahoo, which will see Yahoo become the default search engine in the Mozilla Firefox browser in the upcoming 10.04 version (aka "Lucid Lynx") of the operating system.
AOL has acquired a video platform company called StudioNow. The company says the deal will allow it to integrate a "fully functional video creation platform" into its newly launched content management system, Speed.com. StudioNow will also continue to operate its existing business as well. This includes online video creation, management, storage, and syndication.