M&amp;A - Infoworld http://images.infoworld.com/t/1961 en China obtains patent concessions in return for approving Microsoft-Nokia deal http://images.infoworld.com/d/the-industry-standard/china-obtains-patent-concessions-in-return-approving-microsoft-nokia-deal-240061?source=rss_m&amp;a <p>China is requiring Microsoft and Nokia to make promises on fair patent use, fearing that the proposed acquisition between the two companies could spell trouble for the nation's Android device makers.</p> <p>On Tuesday, China's Ministry of Commerce gave conditional regulatory approval to Microsoft's purchase of Nokia's Devices &amp; Services business. The $7.2 billion deal means that Microsoft could very soon produce its own smartphones using the Windows Phone operating system.</p> Mobile Technology The Industry Standard Microsoft Federal Regulations M&A Smartphones Windows Phone Tue, 08 Apr 2014 10:50:30 +0000 admin 240061 at http://images.infoworld.com 'Hi, my name is Mark, and I'm a Silicon Valley shopaholic' http://images.infoworld.com/t/cringely/hi-my-name-mark-and-im-silicon-valley-shopaholic-239181?source=rss_m&amp;a <div id="blog-edit" style="padding: 8px; background: none no-repeat scroll center top #ffffff; position: relative; float: right; width: 243px; height: 192px;"><img src="http://www.infoworld.com/sites/infoworld.com/files/media/image/cash_case.jpg" alt="'Hi, my name is Mark, and I'm a Silicon Valley shopaholic'" width="243" height="182" align="right" /><br /><em><p align="right">Credit: Ireneusz Skorupa</p> Facebook Cringely Consumer Electronics M&A Social Networking Thu, 27 Mar 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Robert X. Cringely 239181 at http://images.infoworld.com Zuckerberg sees virtual reality as next major computing platform http://images.infoworld.com/d/the-industry-standard/zuckerberg-sees-virtual-reality-next-major-computing-platform-239115?source=rss_m&amp;a <p>Mark Zuckerberg has seen the future, and it's inside a virtual-reality headset.</p> <p><a href="http://www.infoworld.com/d/the-industry-standard/facebook-buying-oculus-vr-virtual-reality-company-2-billion-239107">Facebook's $2 billion deal to buy Oculus VR</a>, announced on Tuesday, is about a lot more than gaming. The social network's founder and CEO sees virtual reality as one of -- if not the -- next major computing platform, he said, one that will be a vehicle for communication, shopping, education, and more.</p> The Industry Standard Facebook M&A Social Networking Wed, 26 Mar 2014 12:17:20 +0000 admin 239115 at http://images.infoworld.com Intel acquires health band maker Basis Science http://images.infoworld.com/d/the-industry-standard/intel-acquires-health-band-maker-basis-science-239120?source=rss_m&amp;a <p>In another sign of the mainstream growth of wearable devices, Intel has acquired high-end health tracker maker Basis Science.</p> <p>The San Francisco-based startup produces the Basis band, billed as an advanced health-tracking wristband.</p> The Industry Standard Intel Consumer Electronics M&A Wed, 26 Mar 2014 12:11:59 +0000 admin 239120 at http://images.infoworld.com Facebook buying Oculus VR virtual-reality company for $2 billion http://images.infoworld.com/d/the-industry-standard/facebook-buying-oculus-vr-virtual-reality-company-2-billion-239107?source=rss_m&amp;a <p>Facebook has reached a surprise deal to buy Oculus VR, developer of the Oculus Rift virtual-reality headset, for about US$2 billion, the social network said Tuesday.</p> <p>The announcement puts Facebook into one of the most-talked-about new markets this year. Sony has also made moves into virtual reality lately, as has Google with its <a href="http://www.techhive.com/article/2099947/video-report-meet-google-s-project-tango.html" target="_blank">Project Tango</a>.</p> The Industry Standard Facebook M&A Wed, 26 Mar 2014 10:56:03 +0000 admin 239107 at http://images.infoworld.com Yahoo acquires social data visualization startup Vizify http://images.infoworld.com/d/the-industry-standard/yahoo-acquires-social-data-visualization-startup-vizify-237825?source=rss_m&amp;a <p>Yahoo has acquired Vizify, a company that turns social media data into interactive visual aids such as infographics and videos, adding to the Internet giant's string of acquisitions designed both to get talent and access to new technologies and services.</p> <p>In this instance, Vizify in Portland, Oregon, will be closing down the service and refunding its paid customers. From Wednesday, Vizify will not be accepting new users, the startup wrote on its <a href="https://www.vizify.com/yahoo#transition">website</a>.</p> Business Intelligence The Industry Standard Yahoo Data Visualization M&A Startups Thu, 06 Mar 2014 12:41:43 +0000 admin 237825 at http://images.infoworld.com No Internet? Facebook could fix that with drones http://images.infoworld.com/d/the-industry-standard/no-internet-facebook-could-fix-drones-237695?source=rss_m&amp;a <p>Facebook's grand scheme to bring Internet access to underserved parts of the world could soon get off the ground, literally, with drones flying high overhead.</p> <p>The social network is in talks to buy Titan Aerospace, a company developing solar-powered, unmanned aircraft that can be used to build a data services network in the air, according to a <a href="http://techcrunch.com/2014/03/03/facebook-in-talks-to-acquire-drone-maker-titan-aerospace/" target="_blank">report</a> in TechCrunch, which cited an unnamed source. It put the value of the deal at $60 million.</p> Networking The Industry Standard Facebook Internet M&A Web Services Social Networking Wed, 05 Mar 2014 13:15:10 +0000 admin 237695 at http://images.infoworld.com When tech titans join forces: The verdict on 6 big mergers http://images.infoworld.com/d/the-industry-standard/when-tech-titans-join-forces-the-verdict-6-big-mergers-237613?source=rss_m&amp;a <p>Batman and Robin. Siskel and Ebert. Great Britain and the United States in World War II. Cookie dough and ice cream. Usually, when two distinct entities join together, they form one opposable force.</p> <p>Or do they? While there are major success stories to be found when two large tech companies come together, there's a Time Warner-AOL fiasco for every Oracle-Sun combination.</p> The Industry Standard Dell EMC VMware Facebook Google Hewlett-Packard (HP) Yahoo M&A Tue, 04 Mar 2014 15:06:25 +0000 admin 237613 at http://images.infoworld.com The case for Microsoft buying Pandora http://images.infoworld.com/t/mampa/the-case-microsoft-buying-pandora-237327?source=rss_m&amp;a <div id="tw-edit" style="padding: 8px; background: none no-repeat scroll center top #ffffff; position: relative; float: right; width: 243px; height: 182px;"><img src="http://www.infoworld.com/sites/infoworld.com/files/media/image/generic_acquisition_hp.jpg" alt="The case for Microsoft buying Pandora" width="243" height="182" align="right" /></div> <p>Security analysts say a Microsoft acquisition of Pandora a "fairy tale," citing bad blood between Pandora CEO Brian McAndrews and Microsoft management. The Industry Standard Microsoft M&A Thu, 27 Feb 2014 18:56:08 +0000 InfoWorld Tech Watch 237327 at http://images.infoworld.com IBM's Cloudant deal will deliver NoSQL on demand http://images.infoworld.com/t/nosql/ibms-cloudant-deal-will-deliver-nosql-demand-237162?source=rss_m&amp;a <div id="blog-edit" style="padding: 8px; background: none no-repeat scroll center top #ffffff; position: relative; float: right; width: 243px; height: 192px;"><img src="http://www.infoworld.com/sites/infoworld.com/files/media/image/nosql_magic.jpg" alt="IBM's Cloudant deal will deliver NoSQL on demand" width="243" height="182" align="right" /><br /><em><p align="right">Credit: iStockphoto</p> Big Data Business Intelligence Cloud Computing Data Management IBM Big Data M&A NoSQL Cloud Computing Wed, 26 Feb 2014 11:00:00 +0000 InfoWorld Tech Watch 237162 at http://images.infoworld.com IBM buys NoSQL cloud provider Cloudant http://images.infoworld.com/d/the-industry-standard/ibm-buys-nosql-cloud-provider-cloudant-236995?source=rss_m&amp;a <p>Adding more muscle to its cloud operations portfolio, IBM is acquiring hosted NoSQL database provider Cloudant.</p> <p>Based in Boston, the privately held Cloudant offers a hosted version of the Apache <a href="http://www.infoworld.com/d/data-management/couchdb-releases-nosql-database-runs-windows-229" target="_blank">CouchDB</a> open source data store. Its own version, called BigCouch, can be run across multiple servers, providing a way to build and maintain an extremely large and fast data store for a front-end application.</p> Cloud Computing The Industry Standard IBM IaaS M&A NoSQL SaaS Mon, 24 Feb 2014 16:59:40 +0000 admin 236995 at http://images.infoworld.com Oracle buys BlueKai, gains massive consumer data mart http://images.infoworld.com/d/the-industry-standard/oracle-buys-bluekai-gains-massive-consumer-data-mart-236952?source=rss_m&amp;a <p>Oracle is moving into the market for big customer data by buying BlueKai, which aggregates data on consumers and offers it to marketers via a platform for running targeted marketing campaigns on the Web, offline and on mobile devices. Terms of the deal, which was announced Monday, were not disclosed.</p> <p>BlueKai's software helps manage large stores of customer and audience profile data that can be used in conjunction with various types of marketing software. The company's data marketplace containing hundreds of millions of profiles.</p> The Industry Standard Oracle M&A CRM Data Management Mobile Technology Mon, 24 Feb 2014 15:32:37 +0000 admin 236952 at http://images.infoworld.com Google grabs Spider.io to combat ad fraud http://images.infoworld.com/t/cyber-crime/google-grabs-spiderio-combat-ad-fraud-236839?source=rss_m&amp;a <div id="tw-edit" style="padding: 8px; background: none no-repeat scroll center top #ffffff; position: relative; float: right; width: 243px; height: 182px;"><img src="http://www.infoworld.com/sites/infoworld.com/files/media/image/Google_Scrutiny_hp.jpg" alt="Google grabs Spider.io to combat ad fraud" width="243" height="182" align="right" /></div><p>There are typically two ways to solve a technology problem: devise a solution yourself or find someone who's working on the problem and buy their expertise.</p> The Industry Standard Google M&A Cyber Crime Web Security Fri, 21 Feb 2014 15:52:56 +0000 InfoWorld Tech Watch 236839 at http://images.infoworld.com Facebook fleeced -- er, lured by WhatsApp's promise of fresh data http://images.infoworld.com/t/cringely/facebook-fleeced-er-lured-whatsapps-promise-of-fresh-data-236799?source=rss_m&amp;a <div id="blog-edit" style="padding: 8px; background: none no-repeat scroll center top #ffffff; position: relative; float: right; width: 243px; height: 192px;"><img src="http://www.infoworld.com/sites/infoworld.com/files/media/image/facebook_zuckerberg.jpg" alt="Facebook fleeced -- er, lured by WhatsApp's promise of fresh data" width="243" height="182" align="right" /><br /><em><p align="right">Credit: Andrew Feinberg</p></em></div> The Industry Standard Facebook Cringely M&A Startups Social Networking Fri, 21 Feb 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Robert X. Cringely 236799 at http://images.infoworld.com With $16B WhatsApp deal, Facebook aims for immediacy http://images.infoworld.com/d/the-industry-standard/16b-whatsapp-deal-facebook-aims-immediacy-236730?source=rss_m&amp;a <p>When's the last time you replied, promptly, to a message sent through Facebook? Aren't sure? Well Facebook, craving more real-time usage of its service, hopes to change that.</p><p>On Wednesday the company said it was <a href="http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9246459/Facebook_buying_WhatsApp_for_16_billion" target="_blank">acquiring WhatsApp</a>, a leading mobile messaging service used by people as an alternative to telecommunications carriers like AT&amp;T and Verizon. Facebook said it was paying $16 billion for the five-year-old buzzy upstart.</p> The Industry Standard Facebook M&A Startups Social Networking Thu, 20 Feb 2014 12:56:10 +0000 ccraig 236730 at http://images.infoworld.com Oracle creates unified suite of marketing software http://images.infoworld.com/d/applications/oracle-creates-unified-suite-of-marketing-software-236639?source=rss_m&amp;a <p>After spending billions to acquire a series of marketing-related software companies, Oracle is now undergoing the process of creating a unified suite it can take to battle against competing offerings from the likes of Salesforce.com and Microsoft.</p> Applications Oracle M&A CRM Predictive Analytics SaaS Wed, 19 Feb 2014 15:37:32 +0000 admin 236639 at http://images.infoworld.com Founders of security startup SlickLogin join Google http://images.infoworld.com/d/security/founders-of-security-startup-slicklogin-join-google-236474?source=rss_m&amp;a <p>The team at SlickLogin, a company working on technology for online authentication using sounds from a mobile phone, said it has joined Google.</p> Security Google Authentication M&A Startups Mobile Security Tue, 18 Feb 2014 15:58:27 +0000 admin 236474 at http://images.infoworld.com Rakuten to buy instant messaging app Viber for $900 million http://images.infoworld.com/d/the-industry-standard/rakuten-buy-instant-messaging-app-viber-900-million-236401?source=rss_m&amp;a <p>Japan's Rakuten will acquire instant messaging and calling app developer Viber Media for $900 million, the e-commerce giant said Friday, highlighting its moves to penetrate new markets.</p> <p>Rakuten's purchase of the messaging and VoIP company follows its acquisitions of Canada's e-book platform Kobo, Spanish video service Wuaki.tv, and Viki, a digital content platform.</p> Applications The Industry Standard M&A Instant Messaging Web Services Fri, 14 Feb 2014 12:10:14 +0000 admin 236401 at http://images.infoworld.com Comcast buys Time Warner Cable in $45.2 billion all-stock deal http://images.infoworld.com/d/the-industry-standard/comcast-buys-time-warner-cable-in-452-billion-all-stock-deal-236298?source=rss_m&amp;a <p>Comcast will acquire Time Warner Cable in a $45.2 billion all-stock deal, the companies said Thursday.</p> Mobile Technology The Industry Standard Internet Data Plan M&A Thu, 13 Feb 2014 12:52:44 +0000 admin 236298 at http://images.infoworld.com Yahoo acquires diary app maker Wander with an eye toward mobile http://images.infoworld.com/d/the-industry-standard/yahoo-acquires-diary-app-maker-wander-eye-toward-mobile-236159?source=rss_m&amp;a <p>Yahoo has acquired Wander, a startup that makes a diary app, as part of the Internet company's continuing efforts to improve its products on mobile devices.</p> <p>Wander makes an app for the iPhone called <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/days-photo-gif-diary-by-wander/id630768365?mt=8" target="_blank">Days</a>, which is designed to let its users share photos and animated GIFs in a single package from a daylong period. The idea is to give the images context, as opposed to sharing photos individually, as users do with Instagram.</p> Mobile Technology The Industry Standard Yahoo M&A Mobile Apps Wed, 12 Feb 2014 12:23:00 +0000 admin 236159 at http://images.infoworld.com