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Salesforce.com Signs Definitive Agreement to Acquire ExactTarget

Salesforce.com [NYSE: CRM], and ExactTarget [NYSE: ET], a leading cloud marketing platform, announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which salesforce.com will acquire ExactTarget in a transaction valued at approximately $2.5 billion. Under the terms of the agreement, salesforce.com will commence a tender offer for all outstanding shares of ExactTarget for $33.75 per share, in cash. The ... Read More »

McGraw Hill Financial Seeks to Increase Investment in CRISIL

Initiates Voluntary Offer for Additional 22.23% of India’s Leading Credit Ratings, Research Company McGraw Hill Financial (NYSE: MHFI) announced it is making a voluntary open offer to acquire up to 15,670,372 shares, representing 22.23% of the total equity shares outstanding in CRISIL Limited, a global analytical company and India’s leader in credit ratings and research. Full acceptance of the offer ... Read More »

TransUnion Divests Health Care Analytics Division (HCA)

Altegra Health has acquired TransUnion’s Healthcare Analytics Division (HCA).  Terms were not disclosed. Healthcare Analytics (based in Chicago, IL) through its secure, webbased reporting system, provides health plans, providers, and accountable care organizations (ACOs) access to a large dynamic library of quality metrics, performance analytics, and care management tools.  Altegra Health (based in Miami Lakes, FL) provides technology enabled business ... Read More »

IMS Health Announces Acquisition of 360 Vantage

Extends Multi-Channel Customer Relationship Management Software Capabilities for Life Sciences and Healthcare IMS Health announced the acquisition of 360 Vantage, a leading provider of cloud-based multi-channel CRM and closed loop marketing technologies, to further extend its commercial Software-as-a-Service capabilities for life sciences and healthcare organizations around the globe. The combination of IMS Health’s global footprint and 360 Vantage’s CRM applications ... Read More »

Yahoo Acquires Tumblr for $1.1bn

Yahoo Inc. is buying online blogging forum Tumblr for $1.1 billion.  The deal announced Monday represents Mayer’s boldest move yet since she left Google 10 months ago to lead Yahoo’s latest comeback attempt.  It marks Yahoo’s most expensive acquisition since the Sunnyvale, Calif., company bought online search engine Overture a decade ago for $1.3 billion in cash and stock. Yahoo ... Read More »

Baidu to Acquire Sogou

According to Marbridge Consulting, Chinese internet company Baidu (Nasdaq: BIDU) has entered into an agreement to fully acquire internet firm Sohu’s (Nasdaq: SOHU) online search subsidiary Sogou. Under the terms of the agreement, Baidu will acquire Sogou for USD 2-2.5 bln in an as yet unknown combination of cash and stock in Baidu’s online video subsidiary, iQiyi. After the transaction, ... Read More »

Salesforce.com Acquires Social Bookmarking Start-up Clipboard

Salesforce.com has acquired social bookmarking service Clipboard in a deal valued between US$10m and US$20m. The Washington-based start-up previously raised about US$2.5m in seed funding from Andreessen Horowitz, Index Ventures, CrunchFund, SV Angel and Betaworks, and has now signed an acquisition deal worth up to US$20m, reports AllThingsD. Clipboard CEO Dr Gary Flake will take up the role of vice-president ... Read More »

Alibaba to Acquire 20-30% Stake in AutoNavi

Alibaba Group is set to take a 20 to 30 percent stake in Chinese digital mapping and navigation firm AutoNavi Holdings Ltd. as it aims to boost its competitveness by beefing up its product line. Citing unidentified sources, news portal Sina said that the deal, likely to be announced on Monday, would make unlisted Alibaba the largest shareholder in U.S.-listed AutoNavi.  Alibaba ... Read More »

Onex Corp has Acquired Nielsen Exposition for US$950 Million

Onex Corp., a Toronto-based private equity firm, has acquired Nielsen Expositions for $950 million. In 2012, Nielsen’s expo division had revenue of approximately $183 million with adjusted EBITDA of $97 million. Those earnings account for about 3 percent of Nielsen Holdings’ total, according to the company’s annual report.  Organizing more than 65 tradeshows and events each year, the unit’s major holdings include ASD, the Hospitality ... Read More »

Baidu Acquires PPStream Online Video Business For $370 Million

Baidu Inc. announced that it will pay $370 million to acquire the online video unit of PPStream Inc., a popular streaming television service in China.  Baidu would integrate the service into its iQiyi online video unit, making it one of the most significant players in online video in China.  Unlike many other parts of the Chinese Internet, there remains a ... Read More »

Arbitron Inc. to Be Acquired by Nielsen

Arbitron Inc. (NYSE: ARB) announced that at the Company’s Special Meeting of Stockholders stockholders voted to approve the acquisition of the Company by Nielsen Holdings N.V.  Approximately 98.99 percent of the shares voting at a Special Meeting of Stockholders voted in favor of the agreement and plan of merger.  These shares represented approximately 77.11 percent of total outstanding shares of ... Read More »

Dex One and SuperMedia Complete Merger, Move Forward Together as Dex Media

More Than 2,700 Marketing Consultants Advising 665,000 Local Businesses in the U.S. Dex One Corporation and SuperMedia Inc. today announced the completion of their merger, creating Dex Media, Inc. — one of the largest national providers of social, local and mobile marketing solutions through direct relationships with local businesses. The common stock of Dex Media will begin trading May 1, 2013 on the NASDAQ stock exchange under the symbol: ... Read More »

Arvato (Bertelsmann) Acquires Gothia Financial Group

The Bertelsmann subsidiary Arvato AG is acquiring Gothia Financial Group headquartered in Norway and thereby combining its financial services activities.  The combination with its subsidiary Arvato Infoscore as a nucleus makes Arvato Europe’s number 3 in the fast growing field of Business Information and Financial Services with a combined revenue of more than EUR 500 million.  Arvato and Herkules Capital, ... Read More »

CoreLogic Acquires Case-Shiller

CoreLogic has acquired its competitor Case-Shiller, consolidating the residential intelligence market, the company announced in a release discussing its first quarter financial results. The deal for Case-Shiller — which created the widely-cited Case-Shiller Index – closed March 20 for roughly $6 million. “The acquisition underscores CoreLogic’s ongoing commitment to provide comprehensive data, analytics and services to financial services, government and ... Read More »

International Business Machines (IBM) Acquires UrbanCode

International Business Machines Corp. has acquired UrbanCode Inc., which helps businesses quickly deliver mobile, social, big data and cloud software.  Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. With UrbanCode’s technology, businesses can reduce the cycle time it takes to get updates or new applications into market, from months to minutes.   By combining UrbanCode software with the IBM Worklight technology, ... Read More »

Bisnode Divests Svenska Nyhetsbrev

Bisnode has divested Svenska Nyhetsbrev AB, an independent supplier of niched business news, to Bonnier Business Press International AB. The sale is in line with Bisnode’s strategy to streamline its core business and focus on growth and increased customer value. Svenska Nyhetsbrev is a supplier of independent business news in the areas of insurance, pensions, funds, banking, pharmaceuticals, telecom and ... Read More »

Veda Announces Acquisition of Corporate Scorecard

Veda announced the acquisition of Corporate Scorecard, an independent provider of quality financial and supplier risk assessments. Corporate Scorecard (CSC) has been in business for over 30 years providing high quality and dependable financial viability and risk advisory services to Government and private enterprises, with a core competency in financial viability assessments on entities involved in Government contracts and major ... Read More »