Acquisitions

  • Microsoft Completes Its $1.2B Yammer Acquisition

    Microsoft Completes Its $1.2B Yammer Acquisition

    Microsoft just announced that it has now officially completed the acquisition of Yammer, the four-year-old social networking company for enterprises. All the closing conditions have now been met and the Yammer team will now officially join the Microsoft Office Division. After weeks of rumors, the $1.2 billion acquisition was first announced in late June. According to Microsoft, the company… Read More

  • Facebook’s News Feed Sorely Needs A “Read It Later” Button, And That’s Where Spool Comes In

    Facebook’s News Feed Sorely Needs A “Read It Later” Button, And That’s Where Spool Comes In

    Here’s a common problem: you notice an awesome article, video, or song in the Facebook news feed but there’s no easy way to save it for later. So while Facebook only bought the talent and not the tech behind Spool, a content caching service, I bet within a few months they’ll help Facebook launch a news feed button for saving external content to the web and your mobile… Read More

  • Camera+ Turned Down Acquisitions From Adobe, Google, Twitter; Also Says “F*ck The VCs”

    Camera+ Turned Down Acquisitions From Adobe, Google, Twitter; Also Says “F*ck The VCs”

    Two years ago, app developer tap tap tap launched Camera+ onto the App Store. For only a buck, users could get way more mileage out of the mobile photography experience, bringing 27 color effects and granular controls to their iPhone cameras. These features have made it one of the most popular camera apps out there. So popular, in fact, that Camera+ rang in its second birthday today with its… Read More

  • Airbnb Acquires UK-based Crashpadder As Part Of International Growth Push

    Airbnb Acquires UK-based Crashpadder As Part Of International Growth Push

    Airbnb has acquired Crashpadder, a London-based company that runs an online marketplace where people can list their homes and apartments to be rented out for short stays (essentially, it was like a smaller Airbnb.) Financial terms of the deal haven’t been disclosed. Visitors to Crashpadder’s website are automatically directed to a landing page about the Airbnb deal, which will… Read More

  • Groupon On A Shopping Spree: Buys Mobile Payment Specialist Kima Labs

    Groupon On A Shopping Spree: Buys Mobile Payment Specialist Kima Labs

    Another acquisition for Groupon, and a sign of how the e-commerce company is getting more focused on mobile as a route to future growth: it has picked up Kima Labs, which makes mobile barcode reading app Barcode Hero and mobile payment app TapBuy. The terms of the deal were not disclosed; we’re trying to find out. The news comes just hours after news broke that Groupon had bought… Read More

  • LogMeIn Acquires Web Chat Company Bold Software For $16.5 M

    LogMeIn Acquires Web Chat Company Bold Software For $16.5 M

    LogMeIn, the longtime maker of remote access tools, has acquired Bold Software, a provider of web chat and customer communications software. The company says it will use the technology to offer additional features and capabilities to its customers on LogMeIn Rescue, the company’s support product. Under the terms of the deal, LogMeIn acquired all the net assets of Bold Software for… Read More

  • SurveyMonkey Acquires MarketTools’ Zoomerang, ZoomPanel, and TrueSample via TPG Capital

    SurveyMonkey Acquires MarketTools’ Zoomerang, ZoomPanel, and TrueSample via TPG Capital

    Question: How do you acquire your biggest rival if you don’t have the cash? Answer: Partner with a private equity firm. SurveyMonkey has done just that, buying MarketTools’ products Zoomerang, ZoomPanel, and TrueSample through a partnership with TPG Capital. The deal gives MarketTools’ other businesses and a minority stake in SurveyMonkey to TPG, while SurveyMonkey gets the… Read More

  • Gilt City, A Subsidiary Of Gilt Groupe, Officially Acquires BuyWithMe

    Gilt City, A Subsidiary Of Gilt Groupe, Officially Acquires BuyWithMe

    Confirming earlier reports, luxury deals site Gilt City, a subsidiary of Gilt Groupe, Inc., is acquiring the assets of failed daily deals site BuyWithMe, after the latter saw massive layoffs following its failure to raise additional funding. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. Former members of BuyWithMe will now have access to all of Gilt’s offerings, including… Read More

  • Location-As-A-Service Provider Location Labs Acquires Wirkle And Volly

    Location-As-A-Service Provider Location Labs Acquires Wirkle And Volly

    Location Labs, a location-as-a-service provider and makers of mobile parental control utility Safely, is today announcing the acquisition of two companies in the mobile space, Wirkle and Volly. Wirkle, a mobile product development firm, and group messaging company Volly will bring their product portfolios, IP and team to Location Labs as a part of their respective deals. Although the terms of… Read More

  • Sprint set to acquire Virgin Mobile

    Sprint and Virgin Mobile sitting in a tree, m-e-r-g-i-n-g. Well, not merging per se. More like Sprint is acquiring Virgin Mobile. Seems as though this whole “pre-paid, no contract” thing is a hit and Sprint, looking to gain some ground in the mobile arms race, wants in on the action. Read More

  • Google looking to buy Valve?

    Whoa, whoa, whoa. The Inquirer says, “Well placed sources tell us that Google is going to be buying Valve any second now.” What? And all because of Steam, Valve’s “amazing content distribution platform” no less? Okay, I can see that. Read More