Mergers/Acquisitions

Everything you need to know about mergers & acquisitions, including which companies are making deals, downsizing, and outsourcing IT, and how you can bring together corporate cultures for smoother transition.

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WhatsApp is Well on its Way to 1 Billion Users

Facebook bought WhatsApp because Mark Zuckerberg dreams of the day when his messaging app has a billion users. WhatsApp is well on its way with 500 million active users, 50 million more than when Zuck acquired the startup two months ago. Not too shabby. Full Story »
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Microsoft to Wrap Nokia Deal Friday, Name Subsidiary 'Microsoft Mobile'

Microsoft today said that it will close the $7.2 billion acquisition of Nokia's handset business on Friday, about eight months after revealing the deal.

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Microsoft to Close Nokia Acquisition Friday

Microsoft is now in the smartphone business, with models for both Windows Phone and Android

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Apple has Bigger Plans Than Just Song ID with Shazam Deal

Apple will integrate music identification technology created by Shazam into the next version of iOS, but could go much further than simple song naming.

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Motorola's Enterprise Business Sold for US$3.45 Billion to Zebra Technologies

Zebra Technologies said it is acquiring Motorola's Enterprise business for US$3.45 billion in an all-cash transaction.

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Sorry, Facebook, Google Snatches Up Drone Maker

Google, which has been looking for new ways to deliver Internet connectivity, has bought Titan Aerospace, a New Mexico-based company known for making solar-powered drones.

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What Does a Social-Media-Meets-Virtual-Reality World Look Like?

Facebook's $2 billion acquisition of Oculus has given virtual reality a major boost. By delivering an altered sense of reality with a social experience Facebook could give users a more compelling reason to come back regularly.

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Amazon Embraces its Inner Geek By Buying Comixology

The book giant is now a comic book giant, with its purchase of the leading digital-comic technology company.

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IBM Acquires Silverpop to Boost its Online Marketing Personalization Products

Silverpop builds profiles of individuals and crafts promotions to target them

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Comcast defends proposed Time Warner Cable deal

The acquisition would bring faster broadband speeds and its low-income program to Time Warner customers, Comcast says

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China Obtains Patent Concessions in Return for Approving Microsoft-nokia Deal

China has given conditional approval to Microsoft's purchase of Nokia's handset business, in return for promises on fair patent licensing

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Apple in Talks to Buy Renesas Chip Joint Venture

Apple is apparently seeking to enhance displays and battery life with the acquisition.

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Facebook's Oculus Buy a Smart Move

Whether the $2 billion deal to buy a startup proves successful isn't the point; tech companies must make bold moves to get 'the next big thing.'

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Alibaba Invests $692 Million for a Presence in Physical Retail

Alibaba said it is acquiring a stake in department store operator Intime Retail

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Facebook May Lure Teen Users Back with Virtual Reality Promise

With its acquisition of virtual reality gaming company Oculus VR, Facebook may have found a way to lure back younger users to the social network.