Acquisitions archive

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

    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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"
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    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
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    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...

  • Apple said to have acquired Quattro Wireless
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    Apple said to have acquired Quattro Wireless

    By 5 January 2010

    Although not yet confirmed by either company, it seems fairly certain that Apple has acquired Quattro Wireless, a mobile advertising business. The deal - said to be worth around the $275 million mark - is an interesting move from Apple as Quattro Wireless...

  • Nuance buys SpinVox
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    Nuance buys SpinVox

    By 31 December 2009

    SpinVox has been bought out by speech recognition company Nuance. SpinVox, which converts voicemail messages into texts, was snapped up for £102 million, but has seen investment and loans of over £230 million. In recent months SpinVox had come under...

  • Google's AdMob purchase under FTC scrutiny
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    Google's AdMob purchase under FTC scrutiny

    By 24 December 2009

    It seems Google's $750 million acquisition of AdMob, a mobile display advertising company based in California, has not been as smooth as the online giant might have hoped. In a blog post, Google has revealed that the US Federal Trade Commission has been...

  • Twitter to get location-aware with Mixer Labs acquistion
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    Twitter to get location-aware with Mixer Labs acquistion

    By 24 December 2009

    Twitter users can look forward to a more location-aware service in the future, as the micro-blogging site has just revealed it's acquired Mixer Labs, the company that offers GeoAPI, describing the buy-out as "a major new step into the location-aware future"....

  • O2 reported to have bought Jajah
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    O2 reported to have bought Jajah

    By 21 December 2009

    It's being reported that Telefonica-owned O2 has bought VoIP company Jajah in a huge buy-out. While previous reports on the topic suggested that both Cisco and Microsoft were bidding for the Israeli start-up, it's O2 that's said to have won the bidding...

  • Google acquires AppJet
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    Google acquires AppJet

    By 7 December 2009

    Google has acquired San Francisco-based AppJet in a move that's thought to be in order to bolster its Google Wave offering. AppJet offers "EtherPad", a kind of Google Docs rival that gives its users the ability to upload documents and collaborate on them...

  • HP to acquire 3Com for $2.7 billion
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    HP to acquire 3Com for $2.7 billion

    By 12 November 2009

    HP has announced it has entered into an agreement to purchase 3Com, said to be "a leading provider of networking switching, routing and security solutions". HP will pay $2.7 billion for the company with the transaction expected to close in the first half...

  • Logitech to buy LifeSize Communications for $405 million
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    Logitech to buy LifeSize Communications for $405 million

    By 11 November 2009

    Logitech has announced that it has agreed to acquire privately held, Austin, Texas-based LifeSize Communications for $405 million in cash. LifeSize specialises in "high definition video communication solutions", boasting more than 9000 video conferencing...

  • Google acquires AdMob for $750 million
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    Google acquires AdMob for $750 million

    By 9 November 2009

    Google has announced it has signed an agreement to acquire AdMob, a mobile display advertising company based in California, in an attempt to cash in on the rapidly growing number of people who access the Internet as well as connected services and widgets...

  • EA acquires Playfish
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    EA acquires Playfish

    By 9 November 2009

    Electronic Arts has confirmed it is to acquire social games giant Playfish. Playfish will be incorporated into EA Interactive, a division of EA that produces games for the Web and mobile devices. EA will purchase the company that specialises in Facebook...

  • T-Mobile and Orange 50:50 joint venture finalised
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    T-Mobile and Orange 50:50 joint venture finalised

    By 6 November 2009

    The deal that will see Orange and T-Mobile merged in the UK to form the biggest mobile phone operator has been finalised. Deutsche Telekom and France Telecom have now signed the final agreement to combine their respective UK operations into a 50:50 joint...

  • Wistron named as Polymer Vision purchaser
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    Wistron named as Polymer Vision purchaser

    By 29 October 2009

    The mysterious, unnamed Asian company that saved Polymer Vision from closing completely after in went bankrupt earlier this year has been named as Taiwanese ODM Wistron. Polymer Vision was closed down by its Dutch parent company for financial reasons,...

  • Nokia buys "social atlas" Dopplr
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    Nokia buys "social atlas" Dopplr

    By 28 September 2009

    Nokia has announced that it has acquired Dopplr, a privately-held mobile service provider for international travelers. Dopplr - described as a "social atlas" - has a team of just seven people with offices in London and Helsinki. Dopplr is "thrilled" at...

  • Dell buys IT service provider Perot Systems
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    Dell buys IT service provider Perot Systems

    By 21 September 2009

    Dell has announced it is to buy IT service provider Perot Systems. Texas-based Perot Systems provides IT support to business customers such as hospitals, governments and banks. Dell said the takeover will mean it will be able to provide a wider range...

  • Google announces it has bought reCAPTCHA
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    Google announces it has bought reCAPTCHA

    By 16 September 2009

    Google has announced in a blog post that it has bought reCAPTCHA, the service that prevents bots from various nefarious online activities by making internet users interpret squiggly words, something computers don't do too well. The price Google paid has...