Mergers archive

  • Google buys in-game advertising company Adscape
    Gaming

    Google buys in-game advertising company Adscape

    By 16 February 2007

    Google, having spread its sphere of influence beyond internet advertising into radio marketing, is now dipping its toe into the gaming ad market with the acquisition of Adscape. The company has paid $23 million for the company, which has developed the...

  • MySpace and Vodafone strike mobile deal
    Online

    MySpace and Vodafone strike mobile deal

    By 7 February 2007

    MySpace.com has long been threatening to join the mobile world to make it easier for the site's users to access their profile and online social life, and now it has, with Vodafone's help. This isn't the first mobile deal for the News Corp. site; it has...

  • Flickr members object to opening Yahoo accounts
    Online

    Flickr members object to opening Yahoo accounts

    By 1 February 2007

    A few Flickr users have become disgruntled since an announcement by the website that all Old Skool users, those who had Flickr accounts before the company was bought by Yahoo, would have to open a Yahoo account and use a Yahoo username to sign into the...

  • Pentax and optical glass maker Hoya to merge
    Cameras

    Pentax and optical glass maker Hoya to merge

    By 21 December 2006

    The latest camera manufacturer merger will take place next October between optical glass maker Hoya and Pentax. The two companies will become known as Hoya Pentax HD on 1 October, after the contract is signed in April. The last major merger in this industry...

  • eBay China starts joint venture with Chinese e-commerce firm
    Online

    eBay China starts joint venture with Chinese e-commerce firm

    By 20 December 2006

    Ebay seems to have realised it doesn’t understand the way the Chinese use the internet, and is instead turning into a joint venture with Beijing-based Tom Online. Ebay will only retain a 49% stake, while Tom Online will hold a controlling 51% share....

  • Palm buys back its Palm Garnet OS
    Phones

    Palm buys back its Palm Garnet OS

    By 11 December 2006

    Palm is buying back the software that it originally developed in order to be able to improve it for its range of handheld devices. The company had developed PalmSource for its first devices, and after it received critical aclaim, set it up as its own...

  • Google and Sky sign service agreement
    Online

    Google and Sky sign service agreement

    By 6 December 2006

    Sky and Google have teamed up on Sky's broadband service to bring customers Sky-branded, Google-based technologies. The two companies will team up in three areas, namely video, communications, and search and advertising. In the first area, Sky plans to...

  • Time Warner looking to buy more internet advertising companies
    Online

    Time Warner looking to buy more internet advertising companies

    By 6 December 2006

    Time Warner's Chief Executive Richard Parsons sounded off on a number of topics in recent interviews, and has made it clear that the company is looking to acquire more internet-based businesses. AOL switched earlier this year to an advertising-supported...

  • Online

    Yahoo buys online contests site Bix.com

    By 17 November 2006

    As the web buyouts continue with apace, Yahoo has announced it has bought internet start-up Bix.com a site that allows users to compete online polls in all manner of areas including online karaoke contests, and rate each other’s videos and photos. As...

  • Google closes acquisition of YouTube
    Online

    Google closes acquisition of YouTube

    By 15 November 2006

    Google announced today that it has closed its acquisition of YouTube. In a statement from Google, the search engine said that: "In connection with the acquisition Google issued an aggregate of 3,217,560 shares, and restricted stock units, options and...

  • Online

    Reuters takes stake in Pluck, to syndicate blogs

    By 15 November 2006

    Reuters the news agency has taken a stake in web media syndication site Pluck Corp and agreed to distribute blogs worldwide as part of its new media strategy. Reuters has said that it has invested $7 million in the Austin, Texas-based company Reuters...

  • Virgin and ntl Telewest unveil new branding
    Online

    Virgin and ntl Telewest unveil new branding

    By 8 November 2006

    Virgin has unveiled the fruits of its merger with ntl Telewest in the form of its new branding – Virgin Media. Virgin Media, which launches at the beginning of 2007, has a new logo that features a lens flare effect and the same (or nearly identical)...

  • Google to expand its role in radio advertising
    Online

    Google to expand its role in radio advertising

    By 8 November 2006

    It looks as though Google is poised to significantly expand its role in radio, as it’s hiring large numbers of radio sales people. Other signs that it may be trying to take a bigger chunk of the $20 million industy is that Google is starting a public...

  • Sony Ericsson to acquire Symbian
    Online

    Sony Ericsson to acquire Symbian

    By 7 November 2006

    Sony Ericsson has made a bid for UIQ Technology, a part of Symbian that creates the user interface for the company’s smartphones. The company is the biggest licensee of the UIQ’s OS, have installed it on the P990, M600, and W950 handsets. The history...

  • Microsoft and Novell team up over open source solutions
    Online

    Microsoft and Novell team up over open source solutions

    By 3 November 2006

    Microsoft and Novell have announced a collaboration on Windows and Linux interoperability in a move that came straight out of left field for most of us. The two software companies have announced a set of agreements to build, market, and support a series...

  • Google buys wiki company JotSpot
    Online

    Google buys wiki company JotSpot

    By 31 October 2006

    Google has acquired online wiki company JotSpot in an attempt to expand even further into the online document collaboration market. The announcement was made on the Google Blog by co-founder Joe Kraus, who explains that the site was set up to allow non-HTML...

  • Orange rumoured to follow Vodafone away from Carphone Warehouse
    Online

    Orange rumoured to follow Vodafone away from Carphone Warehouse

    By 13 October 2006

    Following hot on the heals of the announcement that Vodafone is dropping Carphone Warehouse from selling its mobile phone contracts, rumours are gathering pace on the Internet that Orange is about to follow suit. According to reports online, the mobile...

  • Vodafone withdraws its business from the Carphone Warehouse
    Online

    Vodafone withdraws its business from the Carphone Warehouse

    By 12 October 2006

    After the Carphone Warehouse’s proud day yesterday announcing the acquisition of AOL UK comes a bit of a slump as Vodafone has announced today that it’s dropping the group from selling its mobile phone contracts. Instead, Vodafone has partnered with...

  • Carphone Warehouse takes over AOL UK
    Online

    Carphone Warehouse takes over AOL UK

    By 11 October 2006

    The Carphone Warehouse has made a successful bid to take over AOL UK, the country’s third-largest ISP. The BBC reports that the company paid somewhere in the region of £370 million for AOL UK, which was being flogged at auction by US corporation Time...

  • Google buys YouTube for 1.65 billion dollars
    Online

    Google buys YouTube for 1.65 billion dollars

    By 9 October 2006

    Google has announced that it has agreed to purchase YouTube for $1.65 billion in stock marking the company's largest acquisition in its eight-year history. As we reported Monday the blogosphere has been speculating for months about how to price YouTube,...

  • Online

    YouTube signs up Sony BMG, Universal Music, and CBS

    By 9 October 2006

    After the rumours circulated widely today that Google may be buying YouTube, The video hosting site is hitting the headlines again after the announcement that it has signed deals with Universal Music, Sony BMG, and CBS for their content to be included...

  • Online

    Google rumoured to be considering YouTube acquisition

    By 9 October 2006

    Google is rumoured to be in talks to buy video sharing phenomenon YouTube for a reported $1.6 billion. The blogosphere has been speculating for months about how to price YouTube, which so far has failed to monetise the traffic to the site, which is estimated...

  • Online

    BBC and Microsoft forge a strategic partnership

    By 28 September 2006

    The BBC has allied itself with Microsoft by signing a non-exclusive memorandum understanding that will identify areas of common interest for a strategic alliance. The BBC hopes that the alliance will bring their digital media content into the Web 2.0...

  • Yahoo acquires video editing site Jumpcut
    Online

    Yahoo acquires video editing site Jumpcut

    By 28 September 2006

    Yahoo has acquired an web-based video editing site called Jumpcut in order to strengthen its Yahoo! Video offering. Jumpcut, which was launched just 6 months ago, gives web users the ability to edit their own content and other videos without downloading...

  • Cameras

    Nokia buys mapping software company gate5 AG

    By 31 August 2006

    Nokia has announced that it is to buy mapping software company gate5 AG so that it can compete in the satnav market. The acquisition makes it easier for Nokia to offer its customers maps, routing, and navigation software on its mobile phones. The company...