Mergers archive

  • TomTom moves in to buy Tele Atlas
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    TomTom moves in to buy Tele Atlas

    By 24 July 2007

    TomTom, the current number one player in the satnav arena is hoping to earn money from some of its competitors by buying the mapping software company they use. The hardware company has announced that it has put in a bid of £1.2 billion ($2.5bn) for Tele...

  • HDMI Group undertakes management buy-out of Miglia
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    HDMI Group undertakes management buy-out of Miglia

    By 14 June 2007

    HDMI Group today announced that, together with the Venture Capital fund SEGF, it has undertaken a management buy-out of Miglia, the Macintosh-based computer peripherals brand including Miglia's award-winning TV on your Mac range. Following the acquisition,...

  • Bono and former Apple staff buy into Palm
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    Bono and former Apple staff buy into Palm

    By 4 June 2007

    The private equity firm that lists Bono as one of its partners is buy a 25% stake in Palm the Wall Street Journal is reporting. Elevation Partners will invest $325 million for that stake, and bring on board a number of former Apple staff including Apple's...

  • Game buys GameStation
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    Game buys GameStation

    By 4 June 2007

    Game, the UK video game retailer has bought its nearest high street competitor Gamestation for £74 million. All of Gamestation's 217 stores have been sold to the retailer, however Game has said that both chains will keep their own branding rather than...

  • Google buys Feedburner
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    Google buys Feedburner

    By 1 June 2007

    Google has confirmed that it has bought RSS feed tools and tracker company Feedburner for an undisclosed fee. Rumoured by some blogs to have been sold for $100, Google has cited the reason for the acquisition as a way of getting "AdWords advertisers broader...

  • News Corp buys Photobucket and Flektor
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    News Corp buys Photobucket and Flektor

    By 31 May 2007

    As reported at the beginning of the month, News Corp has confirmed that it has bought photo sharing website Photobucket for $300 million dollars. In a separate deal, News Corp. said it is also acquiring real-time video and audio editing site Flektor Inc....

  • CBS buys Last.fm
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    CBS buys Last.fm

    By 31 May 2007

    CBS has paid over $280 million for popular UK-based social networking site Last.fm it's emerged. Last.fm, which currently has more than 15 million active users in more than 200 countries follows on from the acquisition of Wallstrip.com last week. "Last.fm...

  • Google buys photo sharing site Panoramio
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    Google buys photo sharing site Panoramio

    By 31 May 2007

    Google has continued its spending spree this week with the announcement that it has bought picture website Panoramio, a website that links millions of photos with the exact geographical location where they were taken. The search engine, who is quickly...

  • Yahoo rumoured to be buying Bebo
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    Yahoo rumoured to be buying Bebo

    By 21 May 2007

    Yahoo maybe about to buy UK social networking site Bebo for $1bn the Sunday Telegraph is reporting. The rumoured bid comes amid a flurry of internet-related deals, which has seen lots of sales of internet start-ups this year already including dpreview.com...

  • Amazon buys dpreview.com
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    Amazon buys dpreview.com

    By 14 May 2007

    Photography website DPreview.com has been bought by Amazon.com for an undisclosed sum. Started as hobby site in 1998, dpreview.com has grown to be the number one destination for anyone interested in digital cameras and digital photography. Boasting 7...

  • Microsoft and SanDisk join forces
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    Microsoft and SanDisk join forces

    By 11 May 2007

    Microsoft and SanDisk have announced they have signed an agreement to deliver a next-generation software and hardware solution to for USB flash drives and flash memory cards, expanding on and replacing SanDisk’s existing U3 Smart Technology. The new...

  • Jobs under fire at Apple's annual meeting
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    Jobs under fire at Apple's annual meeting

    By 11 May 2007

    Apple's CEO Steve Jobs faced some tough questions at last night's Apple annual meeting. He came under fire in regards to the earlier scandal regarding Apple stock options that led to the American SEC (Securities and Exchange Commission) charging two former...

  • MySpace to buy Photobucket
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    MySpace to buy Photobucket

    By 8 May 2007

    It claimed it was the biggest Photosite in the world, but chances are until a couple of weeks ago you had never heard of it. Now it seems, MySpace has snapped it up for $250 million in cash according to report on the Internet. Photobucket says it has...

  • Yahoo Photos closes, Microsoft to buy Yahoo
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    Yahoo Photos closes, Microsoft to buy Yahoo

    By 4 May 2007

    Thousands of photo sharing users will have to move their photos from Yahoo's Photo service because the company has said that it is closing its doors. "The strains of running two photo sharing sites has always seemed impractical", one industry insider...

  • Google signs radio deal in US
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    Google signs radio deal in US

    By 16 April 2007

    Google has announced that it has signed a multi-year agreement that enables the search engine to sell a guaranteed portion of 30-second advertising inventory available on more than 675 of Clear Channel's AM/FM stations. Under the agreement, Google Audio...

  • Philips plans to buy DLO
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    Philips plans to buy DLO

    By 16 April 2007

    Philips sees the future in iPod accessories it seems with the announcement that it is buying iPod accessory manufacturer DLO. Although no financial details where disclosed on the transaction, analyst Eric de Graaf a Petercam told Reuters that he expected...

  • Google buys DoubleClick
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    Google buys DoubleClick

    By 16 April 2007

    Google has expanding its advertising reach even further with the acquisition of ad firm DoubleClick. The search engine has announced that it is paying $3.1 billion in cash for the company and in the process gains software for creating and measuring internet...

  • Techorati rumoured to be up for sale
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    Techorati rumoured to be up for sale

    By 4 April 2007

    Rumours are starting to surface that blog tracking website Technorati is up for sale. According to commentators online, the rumours have started because the normally secretive site has just posted recent traffic figures showing a massive growth in visitor...

  • Borders ditch Amazon.com partnership
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    Borders ditch Amazon.com partnership

    By 26 March 2007

    Borders, the US book store, has said that it plans to launch its own online store finishing its current relationship with Amazon.com The move comes as the bookstore has announced loses of £77 million last year and the sale of its book stores in the UK...

  • Virgin Media tipped to buy Pipex
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    Virgin Media tipped to buy Pipex

    By 23 March 2007

    Virgin Media has been tipped to be the likely buyer for broadband provider Pipex in the UK according to reports online. Pipex has been put up for sale since the beginning of the month after hiring investment bank UBS to carry out a sale of the company....

  • HP buys Tabblo to make online printing easier
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    HP buys Tabblo to make online printing easier

    By 22 March 2007

    HP has announced that it is continuing its push into offering printing services online with the acquisition of Tabblo, a privately-held developer of web-based software located in the US. HP says that it plans to leverage Tabblo’s technologies to make...

  • Motorola tipped to be buying Palm
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    Motorola tipped to be buying Palm

    By 21 March 2007

    Motorola has been tipped as a possible buyer for Palm this week with a possible price tag of $2 billion CNBC said on Wednesday. Some industry insiders are suggesting the move is because Motorola is worried the effect of Apple’s iPhone will have on its...

  • Google CEO indicates closer ties to Apple
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    Google CEO indicates closer ties to Apple

    By 6 March 2007

    Microsoft may be jabbing at Google's soft underbelly by attacking its book project, but Google has thrown a punch in the form of a hint that it may be aligning more closely with Apple. "I will tell you that Google and Apple are doing more and more things...

  • Mio parent company to buy Navman
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    Mio parent company to buy Navman

    By 27 February 2007

    The corporation that owns Navman satnavs has announced that it is to sell the brand to Mitac, the company that produces the Mio range of devices. Brunswick has already found a buyer for its marine satnavs, and is now looking to sell off the remaining...

  • XM and Sirius Satellite Radio propose merger
    Gaming

    XM and Sirius Satellite Radio propose merger

    By 20 February 2007

    The only two available satellite radio companies have announced a plans to merge their enterprises in a deal worth about $13 billion. If the deal goes through, it means that people will only have one choice - to subscribe to the one satellite radio company...