Mergers archive

  • Sony lands video-hosting site

    Sony lands video-hosting site

    By 24 August 2006

    Sony has thrown its hat into the video portal ring with the purchase of Although the company already sells TV shows and movies online through various sites, including, this acquisition means that Sony can mix its copyrighted content...

  • Apps

    AMD and ATI announce merger

    By 24 July 2006

    Processor manufacturer AMD is in the process of acquiring graphics card specialist ATI for $5.4 billion, in a deal that they hope will close by the end of the year. After news of the merger was released, ATI's stock prices went through the roof, while...

  • Online

    European court overturns European Commission's approval of the Sony BMG merger

    By 17 July 2006

    Europe's second highest court has struck down the decision made in 2004 to allow Sony and BMG to merge. The Court of First Instance, in a release about the new ruling, said that the European Commission's arguments in support of the merger were not of...

  • NTL and Virgin Mobile deal goes through

    NTL and Virgin Mobile deal goes through

    By 4 July 2006

    NTL's acquisition of Virgin Mobile has now received all necessary court approvals to go through. The deal includes a licensing arrangement with Virgin Enterprises to use the Virgin brand for NTL's portfolio of consumer services, suggesting that the NTL...

  • Online

    Bulldog broadband looking for buyer

    By 3 July 2006

    Pocket-lint reported in early June that Bulldog was stopping its consumer broadband business. Now it emerges that Cable and Wireless is putting the company up for sale. In a statement sent to The Register, Bulldog said, "There are a number of compelling...

  • Online

    Dixons group to sell its shares in The Link to O2

    By 21 June 2006

    Dixons Stores Group (DSG) is to sell its share in The Link stores to O2 in a deal worth £30 million. DSG owns a 60% stake in The Link, while O2 has the remaining shares. The sale is another move by DSG to concentrate more on online retail than on highstreet...

  • Online

    Bulldog ceasing to market consumer internet broadband service

    By 8 June 2006

    Bulldog may be the first casualty of a looming broadband internet service pricing war. Bulldog (a division of Cable & Wireless) is stopping its consumer and small-business broadband service and will instead focus on being a wholesale product for other...

  • Online

    AOL UK up for sale

    By 2 June 2006

    The Guardian reports that AOL is selling off its UK internet service provider company, despite being the number three player in the market. AOL's operations in France and Germany are already up for sale through investment bank Citigroup. According to...

  • Online

    Microsoft to acquire in-game advertising company Massive

    By 5 May 2006

    Microsoft has announced it is acquiring in-game advertising company, Massive, in a move that will help deliver dynamic, relevant ads across Microsoft's online services, starting with Xbox Live and MSN Games. Massive's solution depicts brands in various...

  • BT buys

    BT buys

    By 28 April 2006

    BT has surprisingly announced that it has bought the IT and technology part internet retailer for an undisclosed sum. According to the company, the move is part of BT’s strategy to strengthen its online sales and service capabilities, particularly...

  • Online

    ntl agrees Virgin Mobile deal

    By 4 April 2006

    Ntl:Telewest and Virgin Mobile are to merge it was announced this morning, becoming the first company to offer Boardband, TV, Fixed line and mobile telephony services. Even though ntl:Telewest is buying Virgin Mobile, the new company will operate under...

  • Dell buys Alienware

    Dell buys Alienware

    By 23 March 2006

    Despite denying the rumours, Dell has announced that it has bought gaming PC maker Alienware for an undisclosed sum. The manufacturer famous for its UFO-themed laptops and computers is to be owned by the world's largest computer maker. Dell said Alienware...

  • Online

    Google buy 3D company behind 3D sketching software SketchUP

    By 14 March 2006

    Google seems to be on the buying rampage this month with the news that the search engine has bought @LastSoftware, the company behind SketchUp, a 3D shape designer that among other things, allows people to build 3D models for Google's Google Earth application....

  • Disney buys Pixar for $7.4bn

    Disney buys Pixar for $7.4bn

    By 25 January 2006

    Steve Jobs, Apple founder and CEO is to become one of the most powerful men in Hollywood following Walt Disney's agreement to buy Pixar, the company behind animated hits such as Toy Story and Monsters Inc for $7.4bn. In a statement on Pixar's website...

  • Online

    Google and AOL tie the knot

    By 21 December 2005

    AOL has confirmed that Google has agreed to invest $1 billion to take a 5% stake in the company, as part of a pact where Google will move beyond text-based advertising to allow AOL to sell graphical ads to Google's fast-growing ad network. The stake effectively...

  • Online

    Google rumoured to be investing in AOL

    By 18 December 2005

    Google stock is once again at and all time high on rumours that the company is about to invest 1 billion dollars (£564m) for a 5% stake in AOL. The news, which broke over the weekend by a number of news sources suggested that Google had beaten Microsoft...

  • Online

    Adobe and Macromedia merge

    By 5 December 2005

    Adobe today announced the completion of its acquisition of Macromedia. As a result of the acquisition, Macromedia common stock is no longer being traded and shares of Macromedia common stock were converted into the right to receive 1.38 shares of Adobe...

  • Online

    Adobe and Macromedia get go ahead to merge from DOJ

    By 14 October 2005

    Adobe and Macromedia today announced they have received clearance from the US Department of Justice (DOJ) for Adobe's proposed acquisition of Macromedia. The closing of the transaction remains subject to regulatory approval in a few European jurisdictions....

  • Audio

    Cisco buys Kiss Technologies

    By 22 July 2005

    Cisco has strengthened its entertainment arm further with the announcement that it has bought Kiss Technologies, the company who earlier this year launched a PVR controlled by a remote control (see here). Under the terms of the agreement, Cisco will pay...

  • Online

    Adobe takes over Macromedia in US$3.4bn stock raid

    By 18 April 2005

    Or that's UK£1.8billion between friends. It was only a matter of time before Macromedia bought a few other companies or became shark bait by itself. Its rise to prominence came first with Flash, which rose from a nice back-end facilitator to websites...

  • Bono tries to buy Eidos

    Bono tries to buy Eidos

    By 22 March 2005

    Shares in Eidos, the British gaming firm behind the Tomb Raider and Hitman franchises, surged today following a bid by a US private equity group that includes rock star Bono and a former head of Electronic Arts. The company, called Elevation Partners...

  • Ask Jeeves bought by Hollywood mogul

    Ask Jeeves bought by Hollywood mogul

    By 21 March 2005

    The Hollywood mogul who also owns Expedia and Ticketmaster has agreed an all-share buyout of Ask Jeeves. The deal, which will see Mr Barry Diller take control of the company has cost £974million (US$1.85billion) and is still subject to approval in the...

  • Phones

    Yahoo buys Flickr

    By 21 March 2005

    Yahoo! Has agreed to buy the photo sharing website Flickr for an undisclosed sum to boost its blogging offering. The service which allows users to personalise photo collections on the web supports a number of options including the ability to share photos,...

  • Home Cinema

    Murdoch may organise a hit on wounded Eidos

    By 22 February 2005

    Eidos hasn't been in the best of shape recently, shutting down one of Ion Storm's studios in the US and hoping that Hitman fans will buy Blood Money in droves to help revitalise the company's share performance. While EA takes a stake in Ubi Soft instead,...

  • Online

    It is official, Ask Jeeves has bought Bloglines

    By 8 February 2005

    Today Ask Jeeves has confirmed on its website that it has acquired Trustic Inc, the company that owns and operates Bloglines ( In a statement on its website, the search engine says that “Bloglines will continue to operate as an independent...