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Google X Buys Gecko Design

Google has acquired Gecko Design, which will become part of the Internet company’s unit developing cutting-edge products like Glass and balloons for Internet access. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Gecko President Jacques Gagne and its four other employees will join Google’s “X” research division next month. In addition to Glass and Internet balloons other projects at Google X include self-driving ... Read More »

LexisNexis Risk Acquires Coplogic

LexisNexis® Risk Solutions announced the acquisition of Coplogic, a leading provider of citizen self-reporting software solutions to law enforcement agencies. The acquisition which includes Coplogic’s technology, staff and book of business adds a citizen incident reporting capability to the LexisNexis eCrash solution. As a result of the acquisition, law enforcement agencies will experience significant time savings and efficiencies that enable ... Read More »

Google Acquires Jetpac

Google has bought the startup behind a Jetpac mobile application that creates insightful travel guides by analyzing pictures from social networks such as Instagram. Jetpac announced that its application would be removed from Apple´s online App Store in the days ahead and that it would stop supporting the software in the middle of September. Jetpac mines publicly shared pictures for ... Read More »

MSCI Completes Acquisition of GMI Ratings

MSCI Inc. (NYSE:MSCI), a leading provider of investment decision support tools worldwide, announced today that it has completed the acquisition of GMI Ratings through its subsidiary MSCI ESG Research Inc. GMI Ratings is a provider of corporate governance research and ratings on over 6,000 companies worldwide. Clients of GMI Ratings include leading institutional investors, banks, insurers, auditors, regulators and corporations seeking to ... Read More »

Tapjoy Acquired Korean Analytics company 5Rocks

Tapjoy stated that the acquisition could offer complete ad-tech and app-tech solutions for driving revenue and lifetime value (LTV) maximisation for app developers.  The deal will bring together its mobile advertising technology with 5Rocks’ predictive analytics and marketing automation services. Best known for its data science expertise, deep reporting, predictive analytics and mobile Customer Relationship Management (mCRM) platform, 5Rocks analytics ... Read More »

Veda Acquires KMS Data in NZ Delivering on its Growth Strategy for Marketing Services

Veda announced the acquisition of New Zealand data and analytics company KMS Data.  The investment is part of Veda’s growth strategy for its Marketing Services division, Inivio, and provides a platform to extend Australian solutions to the New Zealand market. KMS Data will be re-named Inivio New Zealand. KMS Data is a key player in the New Zealand consumer marketing ... Read More »

Standard & Poor’s Acquires Additional Stake in RAM Holdings Berhad

Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services (Standard & Poor’s) has acquired an additional 3.5% stake in RAM Holdings Berhad (RAM).  This acquisition increases Standard & Poor’s shareholding in RAM to 11.7%. Standard & Poor’s acquired an initial 4.9% stake in RAM in November 2011 and another 1.2% and 2.1% stake in August and October 2013, respectively.  The further expansion of its ... Read More »

Yahoo Buying Startup Flurry for More Than $300 Million

Yahoo! Inc. (YHOO) is adding to its mobile lineup with the acquisition of analytics company Flurry Inc. Yahoo is paying more than $300 million for the San Francisco-based startup, according to people with knowledge of the matter, who asked not to be identified because the talks were private. Flurry analyzes data from smartphone users so developers can better understand their audiences, ... Read More »

Platts Acquires Eclipse Energy Group, Deepening Its Analytical Expertise in European Gas, Power and Global LNG Markets

Deal Supports Strategy of Linking Price and Fundamentals to Provide Unique Insights Platts announced that it has acquired London-based Eclipse Energy Group, a privately owned provider of data and analysis on the European gas, power and global liquefied natural gas (LNG) markets. The acquisition will enable Platts, a business of McGraw Hill Financial (NYSE: MHFI), to combine Eclipse Energy’s analytics with Platts’ pricing information ... Read More »

RevSpring Acquires Talksoft

RevSpring Inc., a leading communications and payment technology solutions provider, announced that it has acquired Talksoft Corporation, a provider of patient notification, electronic messaging and appointment reminder systems. In its commitment to providing more seamless, automated revenue cycle solutions, RevSpring’s acquisition of Talksoft enhances its pre-service communication offering and provides it with direct ownership of multiple communication and messaging channels. ... Read More »

Salesforce.com Acquires Startup RelateIQ

Salesforce.com has reached a deal to acquire RelateIQ, a Palo Alto, Calif.-based startup. The deal values RelateIQ at a combined $390 million. Salesforce will issue shares worth about $350 million in exchange for all shares of RelateIQ. The filing says Salesforce expects to issue between 6.2 million and 7.6 million shares. RelateIQ has $40 million in cash from its latest ... Read More »

Acxiom Completes LiveRamp Acquisition

Connects the Entire Marketing Ecosystem Acxiom® has completed its previously announced acquisition of LiveRamp, Inc., a leading service for onboarding customer data into digital marketing applications.  Together, Acxiom and LiveRamp become the industry-leading solution for bringing offline customer data online with better matching, more connectivity and faster onboarding.  The combination accelerates Acxiom’s vision of a connected ecosystem that delivers true ... Read More »

BOL Thailand Makes Strategic Investment in Ecart Studio Co. Ltd.

Business Online Thailand has acquired a 15% equity interest in Ecart Studio, a developer of Web-based applications and enterprise location based software applications.  Price of the transaction was 52,941,176 Baht (US$ 1.64 million). Ecart Studio’s deep expertise in online mapping systems is to further BOL’s business potential in the future.  Both companies will partner in government projects. Source:  BOL Filing Read More »

Google Acquired APP Performance Platform Appurify

Google has acquired Appurify, a company which helps developers optimize the performance of the apps through automated testing. No financial terms of the deal have been disclosed.  The Appurify team will be joining the Google team in Mountain View, where they will be working to incorporate their tools for mobile developers into Google’s developer platform. There is a lot of ... Read More »

Google-Owned Nest to Acquire Dropcam

Google-owned Smart thermostat and smoke alarm maker Nest Labs is shelling out $555 million to acquire video monitoring company Dropcam in a bid to further its footprint into the home. The purchase will broaden Nest’s scope into the home surveillance arena. Nest founder Matt Rogers described Dropcam as having “the best products, services, and customer experience in the business.” “Dropcam ... Read More »