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Google Acquired Video Search Startup Baarzo

Following the acquisition of Divide, a startup that helps companies manage the mobile devices, Google is now said to have closed the deal on another startup dubbed Baarzo. Baarzo is understood to be a ‘true video search’ service, as it describes itself on its page. It lets users find specific moments inside a video with the help of an auto detect feature for ... Read More »

Thomson Reuters Sells Extel to WeConvene

Extel, has been sold by Thomson Reuters for an undisclosed amount to Hong Kong-based investor website WeConvene. Extel dates back to 1872 when it laid the first telegraphic cable connecting London to New York.  It developed into one of the largest financial news and financial data providers in the capital. More recently it has become best known for its annual ... Read More »

Alibaba Acquires Remaining Shares of Browser-maker UCWeb

The acquisition of UCWeb appears to be China’s largest tech acquisition.  Financial terms are not disclosed, but the two firms call it the “biggest deal in Chinese internet history.”  Internal letters reveal that the deal values UCWeb at far more than the $1.9 billion that Baidu paid for 91 Wireless, which is China’s largest internet acquisition to date. Prior to this, ... Read More »

Google to Acquire Skybox Imaging for US$ 500 Million

Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG) announced that it has entered into an agreement to buy Skybox Imaging for $500 million in cash, subject to adjustments. Skybox’s satellites will help keep Google Maps accurate with up-to-date imagery. Over time, we also hope that Skybox’s team and technology will be able to help improve Internet access and disaster relief — areas Google has ... Read More »

Moody’s Analytics to Acquire WebEquity Solutions

Moody’s Analytics announced that it has agreed to acquire WebEquity Solutions, LLC. (“WebEquity”), a leading provider of cloud-based loan origination solutions for financial institutions.   The acquisition strengthens Moody’s Analytics’ position as a leader in loan origination software and bolsters its suite of award-winning risk management products for banks, insurance companies and corporations. WebEquity’s hosted platform is used by more than ... Read More »

Reed Business Information Acquires Farmade

Reed Business Information (RBI), a division of Reed Elsevier, announced it has acquired the entire issued share capital of agricultural software and workflow solutions business Farmade.  Farmade will join RBI’s agricultural information, software and marketing solutions business, Farmers Weekly Group. Farmade provides widely used crop management and agronomy software in the UK and across the globe to more than 2500 ... Read More »

CRIF Acquires Majority Stake in High Mark Credit Information Services of India

High Mark Credit Information Services Pvt. Ltd. (High Mark), a leading Credit Information Company licensed by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), announced the acquisition of a strategic stake by CRIF S.p.A., a well-known global company providing credit information services, decision support and software solutions. High Mark is known for its pioneering work in providing bureau coverage for Microfinance Institutions ... Read More »

App Annie Acquires Distimo

Mobile analytics company App Annie acquires Distimo, raises $17M. App Annie has raised another $17 million from its existing investors and is acquiring one of its competitors, Distimo.  Both companies provide data on how people are using mobile apps and mobile websites. App Annie has built a strong reputation in the mobile gaming world for providing data on the game apps it tracks, ... Read More »

TransUnion Acquires Majority Interest in Credit Information Bureau India Limited (CIBIL)

TransUnion announced that it is now the majority owner of Credit Information Bureau (India) Limited (CIBIL).  TransUnion has been accumulating additional holdings in CIBIL in recent years, and the announcement comes after the company received regulatory approval to achieve majority ownership in the organization.  TransUnion has been active in the Indian marketplace since 2001 as CIBIL’s technology, analytics and decisioning ... Read More »

Google Acquires Divide

Google Inc. has acquired Divide, which used to be called Enterproid.  Google previously invested in Divide through Google Ventures.  The terms of the deal were not disclosed. Divide contains corporate information that is separated from personal information on a device.  This allows businesses to manage their data even on devices they do not own. This gives people freedom to still ... Read More »

Google Acquires Cloud Monitoring Service Stackdriver

Google has acquired Stackdriver which offers a service for developers to monitor apps and services on the cloud.  Stackdriver will be integrated in Google’s cloud platform team.  The teams will be working to integrate Stackdriver’s functionality so that Google Cloud Platform customers can take advantage of the monitoring capabilities, which allow customers to have more visibility into errors, performance, behavior, ... Read More »

Acxiom to Acquire LiveRamp

Acxiom® (Nasdaq: ACXM) announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire privately held LiveRamp, a leading service for onboarding customer data into digital marketing applications, for approximately $310 million in cash. Through the acquisition of LiveRamp, Acxiom will expand its capability to bridge the gap between offline data and the rapidly growing universe of online marketing applications ... Read More »

IMS Health Acquires Forcea

Advances Business Intelligence and Performance Management Capabilities, Extends IMS One Platform in Europe IMS Health has acquired Forcea, a leading Belgium-based provider of business intelligence applications and analytics, to advance performance management capabilities for hospitals and life sciences organizations around the globe.  The acquisition brings together IMS Health’s comprehensive information and technology services with Forcea’s hospital-based technology solutions to drive more effective ... Read More »

IBM Acquires Silverpop

At its annual Smarter Commerce Global Summit event, IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced it has completed the acquisition of Silverpop, a privately held software company based in Atlanta, Ga.  Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Silverpop empowers marketers with cloud-based capabilities that deliver personalized customer engagements that scale for any sized business.  Silverpop’s automated platform reduces the complexity of omnichannel marketing and makes it ... Read More »

Google Acquires Analytics Firm Adometry

Marketing analytics firm Adometry, which helps advertisers gauge how their online ads are performing, has been acquired by search giant Google.  Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, but Google said the acquisition will not be required to pass through the government regulatory process. CEO Paul Pellman commented in his recent post: “We couldn’t be more excited to join ... Read More »

Veda Acquires ITM Adding to its Suite of Superannuation Focussed Solutions

Veda announced the acquisition of ITM … The Data Specialist (ITM), the business responsible for setting the standard of data audits within the superannuation industry.  The acquisition provides Veda’s superannuation customers with access to ITM’s data audit capabilities, and the specialised data interrogation tool DataSapient. In turn, ITM customers will benefit by not only being able to identify data integrity issues, but ... Read More »

Alibaba Buys Stake in Online Video Site Youku Tudou for $1.22bn

Alibaba Group is expanding its online entertainment presence by investing $1.2 billion with a partner in video website Youku Tudou.  Alibaba will gain a 16.5 percent stake in the company and its partner Yunfeng Capital will get 2 percent. China’s major Internet companies have invested billions of dollars over the past year to expand beyond their core businesses by creating ... Read More »

IPREO to Be Acquired by Blackstone and Goldman Sachs

Ipreo Holdings LLC (“Ipreo”), a leading global provider of market intelligence and workflow solutions to capital markets and corporate professionals, announced the signing of a definitive agreement to be acquired by private equity funds managed by Blackstone (NYSE:BX) and by the Goldman Sachs Merchant Banking Division (“Goldman Sachs”) (together, the “Sponsors”). The Sponsors are acquiring the business from affiliates of ... Read More »