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Alibaba Buys Stake in Online Shopping Company Shoprunner

Alibaba has acquired a minority stake in ShopRunner, an online media outlet.  Alibaba is paying USD 75 million for the stake in ShopRunner, run by former Yahoo Chief Executive Scott Thompson. The investment will add to a long relationship between Alibaba and Yahoo. Shoprunner is a subscription-based service that provides Amazon Prime-like free two-day shipping to shoppers.  The business model is straightforward: the ... Read More »

IMS Health Acquires Diversinet’s Assets for $3.5M

Toronto-based mobile health company Diversinet agreed to sell its assets to IMS Health for about $3.5 million (US).  The sale includes Diversinet’s intellectual property, software, and customer contracts. Some employees will also be offered positions at IMS, once the deal is finalized. The asset acquisition is still subject to the approval of the company’s shareholders but a vote is scheduled ... Read More »

BIG Data in Retail: Market Track LLC Acquires Dynamite Data LLC.

Two Chicago-based companies that help retail clients optimize pricing strategy are joining forces.  The acquisition underscores Big Data’s role in retail. Market Track LLC, which employs more than 400 people and serves 500 retail and manufacturing clients, has agreed to acquire Dynamite Data LLC, a 20-person company that scours the Web to provide retail clients with real-time pricing updates from ... Read More »

REED ELSEVIER Sells RBI Italy to BVMultimedia

Reed Elsevier today sold RBI Italy, a subsidiary of Reed Business Information, to BVMultimedia, a company owned by Roberto Briglia and Gianni Vallardi. RBI Italy is one of the country’s most important publishing and business to business services companies. It generates annual sales in excess of €18m in three business areas. These include publishing, with 13 market leading magazines and ... Read More »

Yahoo! Buys Beijing-Based Social Media Analyst Ztelic

Yahoo! has acquired Beijing-based social media analysis firm Ztelic, aiming to boost its R&D efforts in China. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Ztelic’s team has developed a software product for analyzing and monitoring activity across social networks.  Yahoo! said in a statement that it has acquired the company for its engineering talent, comprising eight developers and engineers, along ... Read More »

Informa Sells Five Corporate Training Assets for US $180 Million

Informa Plc agreed to divest its interest from its five corporate training businesses after signing an agreement with Providence Equity Partners. The total consideration for the sale amounted to US $180 million. The company, one of the premier academic publishing and business information and events groups, said in a statement that it’s looking to focus more on its subscription and ... Read More »

CoreLogic Acquires Bank Of America’s Flood Zone Determination And Property Tax Processing Assets And Business Operations

CoreLogic® (NYSE: CLGX) announced the Company has purchased flood zone determination and tax processing services assets and operating platforms from Bank of America and entered into a services agreement to continue to provide these services to Bank of America. Bank of America’s flood zone determination and tax servicing operations will be integrated in CoreLogic’s existing flood and tax servicing business units and ... Read More »

Salesforce.com Completes Acquisition of ExactTarget

Salesforce.com (NYSE: CRM) announced it has completed its acquisition of ExactTarget, a leading cloud marketing platform used by more than 6,000 companies including Coca-Cola, Gap and Nike. Salesforce.com’s acquisition of ExactTarget furthers its mission of being the world’s leading CRM platform—one that enables companies to transform how they connect with their customers across sales, service and marketing. By combining ExactTarget’s leading ... Read More »

Equifax Acquires TrustedID

Equifax Inc. (NYSE: EFX) has acquired TrustedID, an innovative leader in the fast-growing identity protection market among U.S. consumers.  TrustedID will become part of Equifax Personal Solutions, Equifax’s direct-to-consumer business unit offering credit monitoring and identity protection solutions. Read More »

CoreLogic To Acquire Marshall & Swift/Boeckh (MSB) and DataQuick Information Systems For $661 Million

The acquisition Expands Data & Analytics (D&A) Segment and adds Unique and Complementary Data Assets and Analytic Capabilities CoreLogic® (NYSE: CLGX [FREE Stock Trend Analysis]), announced the Company has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Marshall & Swift/Boeckh, a leading provider of residential and commercial property valuation solutions to the property and casualty insurance industry, and DataQuick Information Systems, a property data and ... Read More »

Salesforce.com Acquires EdgeSpring

Salesforce.com is said to acquire EdgeSpring.   The start-up analytics company said that being part of Salesforce.com would give it the opportunity to take its technology to the next level. Last month, EdgeSpring released its Business Intelligence and Analytics platform, which analyses data of any size or structure for the end users without dependence on analysts and IT specialists. Writing on ... Read More »

IHS Announces Intent to Acquire R.L. Polk & Co.

IHS Inc. (NYSE: IHS) announced it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire R.L. Polk & Co., a recognized leader in providing automotive information and analytics solutions. The acquisition is subject to customary closing conditions, including expiration or termination of the applicable waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976.  The deal is valued at US$1.4bn. About R.L. ... Read More »

IMS Health Announces Acquisition of Incential Software

Expands Leading-Edge SaaS Incentive Compensation Capabilities for Life Sciences IMS Health has acquired Incential Software, an industry-leading Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) company based in Raleigh, NC, to advance its sales performance management capabilities for life sciences organizations worldwide. Incential delivers unique, cloud-based technology and services that integrate incentive compensation, data management and business intelligence applications for more effective, results-driven sales operations. The ... Read More »

Thomson Reuters Acquires OTC Derivatives Pricing Analytics Provider, Pricing Partners

Thomson Reuters has acquired Pricing Partners SAS, an international software developer and provider of OTC (over-the-counter) derivative pricing analytics and services for financial firms. Pricing Partners will complement Thomson Reuters Pricing Service (TRPS), a global solution that provides evaluated prices to support portfolio, fund and single security valuations. The evaluated pricing space continues to grow at double digits based on ... Read More »