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What is Nest and why does Google want to buy it?

What is Nest and why does Google want to buy it?

By 14 January 2014

In a surprising move on Monday, Google announced the acquisition of Nest Labs, a home automation company that's made quite a name for itself in three years.  Why would Google, a company traditionally focused on a search engine, advertisements and Android... >>

Google acquires company behind popular Timely alarm clock

Google acquires company behind popular Timely alarm clock

By 4 January 2014

Google has acquired Bitspin, maker of the Timely alarm clock app on Android. Timely has an average rating of 4.5 stars on Google Play, and is quite popular among those looking to wake up on time. Google has yet to confirm the acquisition, but Bitspin... >>

Apple acquires video discovery start-up Matcha.tv in a move to better recommendations

Apple acquires video discovery start-up Matcha.tv in a move to better recommendations

By 14 August 2013

Apple has been snapping up smaller companies as of late, and the latest is video discovery and content recommendation start-up Matcha.tv. News of the acquisition was first reported by VentureBeat on Monday, said to be priced between $1 million to $1.5... >>

Yahoo acquires Beijing-based social data analysis starup Ztelic

Yahoo acquires Beijing-based social data analysis starup Ztelic

By 18 July 2013

Chief Executive Officer Marissa Mayer is at it again: Yahoo announced on Thursday that it had acquired Bejing-based Ztelic, a year-old social data analysis firm that provides information aggregation and personality development services. The deal marks... >>

Yahoo reportedly in early stage talks to acquire Hulu

Yahoo reportedly in early stage talks to acquire Hulu

By 8 May 2013

The new Yahoo under Marissa Mayer is in early stage talks to acquire online video site Hulu, according to AllThingsD. The report says there hasn't been a formal offer put on the table yet, though Mayer has met several top-Hulu execs to see how the video... >>

Yahoo continues adding mobile apps, acquires to-do app Astrid

Yahoo continues adding mobile apps, acquires to-do app Astrid

By 2 May 2013

Yahoo has announced the acquisition of mobile task manager Astrid, as it works to build its mobile app arsenal under Marissa Mayer.  Available for Android, iOS, and web, Astrid is considered one of the go-to task managing apps out there. One of its... >>

Google buys Picnik

Google buys Picnik

By 2 March 2010

Online image editor Picnik has announced that it has been acquired by Google for an undisclosed, but "very, very happy" figure. The site allows users to crop, touch-up and add effects to images, along with a cloud storage service. However, the acquisition... >>

Google acquires social search co Aardvark

Google acquires social search co Aardvark

By 12 February 2010

There's been no official announcement from Google yet, but it's been confirmed by the other party involved that Google has bought out social networking start up Aardvark. Aardvark was founded in 2007 by two ex-Googlers and offers a different way to search... >>

Amazon to fight iPad with a "super Kindle"

Amazon to fight iPad with a "super Kindle"

By 4 February 2010

Amazon is not going to take the Apple iPad challenge lying down, suggests the New York Times, as it's reported the etailing giant is prepping a "super Kindle" to compete. The crux of this suggestion is the rumour that Amazon has snapped up Touchco, a... >>

Critical Path purchases ShoZu

Critical Path purchases ShoZu

By 5 January 2010

Critical Path, which specialises in providing messaging software, has announced that it has purchased ShoZu, a provider of mobile social media services, with the hope of significantly increasing its delivery of consumer-focused mobile and social networking... >>


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