Mergers archive

  • Whatsapp selling to Facebook? Silicon Valley sources say yes
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    Whatsapp selling to Facebook? Silicon Valley sources say yes

    By 3 December 2012

    The company behind Whatapp, the multi-platform instant messenger app, is rumoured to be in talks to sell the business to Facebook. According to gossip in Silicon Valley courtesy of TechCrunch, the usual "sources close to the matter" are spilling some...

  • Google buys Quickoffice to challenge Microsoft on own turf
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    Google buys Quickoffice to challenge Microsoft on own turf

    By 6 June 2012

    Google has announced that it has bought Quickoffice for an undisclosed sum. Quickoffice is one of the world’s most popular office apps, having been downloaded 350 million times, and is available on a number of devices including Android, Symbian, iOS...

  • Facebook buys Instagram
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    Facebook buys Instagram

    By 9 April 2012

    Facebook has put in an offer to buy Instagram, the popular photo-sharing site, for $1bn. "I'm excited to share the news that we've agreed to acquire Instagram and that their talented team will be joining Facebook," said Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook CEO,...

  • Gibson and Onkyo form strategic partnership
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    Gibson and Onkyo form strategic partnership

    By 5 January 2012

    Sonny and Cher. Lennon and McCartney. John and Taupin. Slijngaard and Doth. Just some of the famous musical duos that will be remembered throughout history. And now, possibly, you can add Gibson and Onkyo to that list after the guitar giant opted to acquire...

  • Nokia, Amazon and Microsoft circle RIM - is a takeover on the cards?
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    Nokia, Amazon and Microsoft circle RIM - is a takeover on the cards?

    By 21 December 2011

    With RIM's stock at an all time low, it is no surprise that sharks look to be circling the mobile phone and tablet maker. However the interest, it seems, is coming from those you wouldn't, perhaps, expect. They're some of the biggest fish around. According...

  • Ricoh looking to expand camera business buys Pentax
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    Ricoh looking to expand camera business buys Pentax

    By 1 July 2011

    The company that owns Pentax, the Hoya Corporation, has sold the imaging part of the business to camera maker Ricoh for £77m (¥10b Yen) the two companies confirmed today. That might seems a a massive drop from the ¥100b the company paid for Pentax...

  • AT&T buys T-Mobile USA, T-Mobile iPhone not part of the deal
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    AT&T buys T-Mobile USA, T-Mobile iPhone not part of the deal

    By 20 March 2011

    AT&T has announced that it will be buying the US arm of T-Mobile for $39 billion, joining the two networks together - if regulatory bodies give the go ahead. The move, say T-Mobile and AT&T, will “ensure the deployment of a robust 4G LTE network to...

  • Google Slide(s) into social networking even more
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    Google Slide(s) into social networking even more

    By 7 August 2010

    Google isn't letting up in its battle to take on Facebook and other social networking wannabes, as it's announced that it's bought Slide. Google describes Slide as a "social technology company with an extensive history of building new ways for people...

  • Orange and T-Mobile combine to form Everything Everywhere
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    Orange and T-Mobile combine to form Everything Everywhere

    By 11 May 2010

    Orange and T-Mobile have revealed the company name that will represent their UK merger: Everything Everywhere. The merger means that Everything Everywhere now has a total customer base of 30 million, effectively becoming the UK's largest mobile network...

  • Apple buys Siri - virtual search assistant
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    Apple buys Siri - virtual search assistant

    By 29 April 2010

    Apple has acquired a small startup called Siri, which is an iPhone app that offers a search experience not unlike that of a personal assistant. Ask it a question in plain English, and you'll get a plain English answer back. To get that answer, Siri queries...

  • HP: webOS to potentially come to smartphones, slates, and netbooks
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    HP: webOS to potentially come to smartphones, slates, and netbooks

    By 28 April 2010

    HP, fresh from its announcement that it will be buying mobile phone maker Palm, has already hinted that it plans to bring the mobile phone maker's operating system, webOS, to other devices. "Between smartphones, slates and potentially netbooks [it] represents...

  • HP buys Palm
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    HP buys Palm

    By 28 April 2010

    HP has come out of the left field, some might say, and snapped up flagging mobile phone maker Palm for $1.2 billion. "HP and Palm today announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which HP will purchase Palm, a provider of smartphones...

  • Twitter buys SMS startup Cloudhopper
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    Twitter buys SMS startup Cloudhopper

    By 26 April 2010

    Twitter has announced that it's acquiring a messaging infrastructure company called Cloudhopper, signifying that it's not ready to give up on its humble SMS beginnings just yet. The company originally implemented the 140-character limit so that any tweet...

  • Twitter buys Tweetie iPhone app
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    Twitter buys Tweetie iPhone app

    By 12 April 2010

    Microblogging site Twitter has announced that it's going to be buying up 3rd-party iPhone app Tweetie and making it official, turning it into "Twitter for iPhone". The app will also be made free. The reasoning, Twitter says, is that a pile of users were...

  • Palm up for sale?
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    Palm up for sale?

    By 12 April 2010

    Following last week's rumours of Lenovo's takeover bid for phone-makers Palm Inc, Bloomberg is reporting that a number of people "familiar with the situation" have told the finance news site that the company is seeking buyers. Palm is said to be working...

  • Palm stocks rise over Lenovo buy-out rumours
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    Palm stocks rise over Lenovo buy-out rumours

    By 8 April 2010

    Palm has seen its stock rocket (well increased almost 20%) on the back of rumours that Chinese owned laptop maker Lenovo could be making a move to buy the troubled mobile phone maker. According to Dow Jones Newswires, the latest rumours of a possible...

  • Orange and T-Mobile will operate for 18 months at least
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    Orange and T-Mobile will operate for 18 months at least

    By 2 March 2010

    Orange and T-Mobile have said that they plan to run the two companies for at least 18 months after the merger goes through according to a statement. "The T-Mobile and Orange UK brands will continue to operate in the UK for at least 18 months after the...

  • 3 CEO speaks out over Orange/T-Mo merger
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    3 CEO speaks out over Orange/T-Mo merger

    By 1 March 2010

    Kevin Russell, chief exec of 3 UK, has started getting mouthy about the forthcoming Orange/T-Mobile merger, which was recently rubber-stamped by the European Commission. Despite getting access to a pile of new phone masts, he's still unhappy about the...

  • Orange/T-Mobile merger approved by EC
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    Orange/T-Mobile merger approved by EC

    By 22 February 2010

    The European Commission has given the green light for T-Mobile and Orange to merge, with the proviso that 3 gets access to 3000 more mast sites across the UK. The news follows a cautionary note from the Office of Fair Trading, who said the deal: "threatens...

  • Apple buying Lala say multiple sources
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    Apple buying Lala say multiple sources

    By 4 December 2009

    Apple is in talks to buy online music service Lala if reports from both Bloomberg and Cnet are to be believed. Although the maker of the iPod has yet to confirm or deny the reports, multiple "sources" close to the matter put it as virtually a done deal....

  • 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...

  • 10 things we'd love the Orange/T-Mobile merger to mean...
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    10 things we'd love the Orange/T-Mobile merger to mean...

    By 8 September 2009

    The news of an Orange/T-Mobile merger was quite a lot for most of us to deal with this morning on the wrong side of a shower and a cup of coffee, but we are all assured through bleary eyes that the resulting largest network in the UK would bring "substantial...

  • Orange and T-Mobile to merge
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    Orange and T-Mobile to merge

    By 8 September 2009

    For some time, there've been rumours that one of the major UK phone networks was looking to buy T-Mobile. At one point or other, O2 and Vodafone have been rumoured, but Orange has been the most recent source of gossip on the matter. Today, Orange and...

  • T-Mobile UK in crisis
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    T-Mobile UK in crisis

    By 1 May 2009

    While T-Mobile UK is busy organising singalongs in central London, it seems the company is under serious threat of being forced to merge or - worse still for customers - being sold off. The operator, described as "under performing", is suffering from...

  • Microsoft to Yahoo: Let's talk
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    Microsoft to Yahoo: Let's talk

    By 9 March 2009

    If you thought you had seen the end of the "will they won't they" debacle that has become the Yahoo Microsoft merger then be prepared for a flood of new rumours following comments made by Microsoft's chief operating officer this week. According to The...