IBM Closes Aperto Acquisition

IBM announced in February that it had signed an agreement to acquire Berlin-based digital agency Aperto, which would join the IBM Interactive Experience (IBM iX) team to support IBM’s growth in Europe’s largest economy. IBM announced on Tuesday that it…

Yahoo Said To Be Giving Interested Parties Longer For Opening Bids

On Thursday, a report from Bloomberg came out indicating that Verizon is poised to make a first-round bid for Yahoo and that Google parent Alphabet is considering doing the same. The report also said that AT&T and Comcast, and Microsoft…

Google Parent May Try to Buy Yahoo?

Google parent Alphabet (formerly Google) is considering bidding on Yahoo as the deadline for first-round bids approaches. This is particularly interesting considering that regulators shut down a potential Google/Yahoo partnership years ago. Bloomberg reports that Verizon intends to make a…

Salesforce Acquires MetaMind To Add AI to Services

Artificial intelligence startup MetaMind launched in late 2014 with $8 million in funding from Salesforce CEO Mark Benioff and Khosla Ventures. Now, Salesforce has has acquired it. Salesforce will integrate MetaMind’s technology into its services. “With MetaMind and Salesforce coming…

Microsoft Buys Xamarin To Help Developers Build Apps On Any Device

Microsoft announced that it will acquire Xamarin to “empower more developers to build apps on any device.” Xamarin is a mobile app development and creation software provider that is already in use by over 15,000 companies including Microsoft, Foursquare, Kellogg’s,…

Amazon Is Acquiring Software Company NICE

Amazon announced that Amazon Web Services is acquiring NICE, a software and services provider for high performance and technical computing. NICE will operate under its existing brand and continue to work with its customers and partners ad well as develop…

Microsoft Grabs SwiftKey To Boost its Productivity ‘Re-Invention’ Efforts

Microsoft announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire software keyboard company SwiftKey. “In this cloud-first, mobile-first world, SwiftKey’s technology aligns with our vision for more personal computing experiences that anticipate our needs versus responding to our commands,…

Alibaba Buys ‘China’s YouTube’ for $3.7 Billion

Alibaba has announced that it has acquired Youku Tudou for around $3.7 billion. Youku Tudou is commonly referred to as “China’s YouTube”. E-commerce giant Alibaba had previously offered a little less to purchase the company last October. Alibaba already owned…

Candy Crush Maker King Now a Part of Activision Blizzard

Activision Blizzard, whose titles include the Call of Duty Series, Destiny, and World of Warcraft, has agreed to acquire King Digital Entertainment for $5.9 billion. King Digital is best known as the makers of the Candy Crush games. Activision says…

Constant Contact To Be Acquired For $1.1 Billion

Email marketing solutions provider Constant Contact has agreed to be acquired by Endurance International Group in a deal valued at $1.1 billion. Under the agreement, Endurance International will acquire all of Constant Contact’s outstanding shares of common stock for $32…