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CRIF Acquires Turkish Receivables Management Company Recom

BIIA Member CRIF has acquired a majority share in Recom, a company operating in the receivables management and collection sectors in Turkey. Established by Selim Tezel, a senior executive in the finance sector, Recom is one of Turkey’s leading players in the market. Recom, whose main activity is professional receivables management, has been helping organizations manage their receivables more efficiently ... Read More »

InsightsOne Acquired by Apigee

API management platform provider Apigee has acquired cloud-based predictive analytics firm InsightsOne, as it looks to expand its own big data analytics portfolio.  Terms of the deal were not disclosed. InsightsOne’s Hadoop and NoSQL-based micro-segmentation technology extracts information from social media and mobile data for use in real-time consumer targeting and marketing. In March 2012, the firm closed a $4.3m Series A ... Read More »

Google ‘Captures’ DeepMind

Google has acquired London-based start-up DeepMind to expand further into the field of artificial intelligence.  Google paid more than Pounds Sterling 400 million (US$660 million) for the start-up.  DeepMind investors include Founders Fund, the venture capital firm run by former PayPal executive Peter Thiel, and Horizons Ventures.   Google reportedly beat Facebook to the deal. DeepMind posted a loss of £2m ... Read More »

Alibaba Invests in Data Content Services Provider Citic 21N

Alibaba said it has agreed to invest in Citic 21CN, a data and content service provider whose business includes managing data on pharmaceutical products.  In a statement Thursday, Alibaba said it and Yundeng Capital will jointly invest a total of $170 million in Citic 21CN to take a 54.3% stake in the company.  Of that stake, Alibaba will hold 38.1%. ... Read More »

Confirmit Acquires Social Intelligence and Text Analytics Innovator Integrasco

“Merger brings together best of breed companies to create unparalleled insight opportunities” Confirmit has acquired Integrasco, a leader in social intelligence and text analytics. The acquisition brings advanced technologies for capturing social insights and analysing unstructured text into the Confirmit portfolio of software offerings for Customer Experience, Employee Engagement and Market Research. Integrasco is a leader in analytical technology solutions ... Read More »

Verisk Analytics, Inc., to Acquire EagleView Technology Corporation to Extend Its Analytic Capabilities in Aerial Imagery

Includes Ownership of Pictometry Subsidiary and Extensive Image Library Verisk Analytics, Inc. (Nasdaq:VRSK) has signed an agreement to acquire EagleView Technology Corporation (“EVT”), the parent company of Pictometry International Corp., and Eagle View Technologies, Inc. EVT is an acknowledged leader in the United States of geo-referenced aerial image capture and visual-centric data analytics and solutions to insurers, contractors, government, and commercial customers. The acquisition will accelerate Verisk’s position ... Read More »

Google Enters “Internet of Things” with Acquisition of Nest for $3.2 bn in Cash

Google (GOOG) announced that it will spend $3.2 billion for Nest, a Silicon Valley company founded by former Apple employees to develop better versions of common devices for homes.  The Nest acquisition gives Google a foothold in one arena of the “Internet of Things,” the growing phenomenon of connecting ordinary items to the Internet.   Silicon Valley tech giants are laser-focused on ... Read More »

YP Acquires Mobile Ad Company Sense Networks

The YP Group announced the acquisition of Sense Networks.  In an interview with Techcrunch, David Lebow, senior vice president and general manager of YP’s national markets group, stated that this was the company’s first acquisition since it launched in May 2012.  YP was formed from the merger of AT&T Advertising Solutions (publisher of the Yellow Pages) and AT&T Interactive, with Cerberus Capital Management ... Read More »

OneSource Acquires Sales Enablement Provider SalesQuest®

OneSource Information Services announced the acquisition of SalesQuest – developer of the highly-respected CRUSH Report®.  With this acquisition, OneSource will now be able to offer its customers the information in SalesQuest CRUSH Reports, which deliver the most accurate, extensive, and up-to-date company profiles on Fortune 1000 and Global 500 companies. By incorporating the SalesQuest line of products, including the M3 Database and CRUSH Executive profiles, ... Read More »

Wolters Kluwer Acquires Financial Tools – Provider of CASH Suite

Wolters Kluwer Financial Services announced it has acquired Financial Tools, Inc., the provider of CASH Suite(TM)-an enterprise-wide financial analysis and credit risk management solution for U.S. commercial lenders. The addition of Financial Tools enables Wolters Kluwer Financial Services to provide U.S. community and regional banks and credit unions with the ability to manage financial performance and grow profitability with straight through ... Read More »

LifeLock Acquires Mobile Wallet Innovator Lemon, Inc.

Leverages Lemon Technology to Launch Free LifeLock Wallet™ App LifeLock, Inc. (NYSE: LOCK) announced the acquisition of mobile wallet innovator Lemon for approximately $42.6 million in cash.  In addition, in connection with the transaction, LifeLock has agreed to issue equity customary for a transaction of this size that will vest over the next three years. In conjunction with the acquisition, LifeLock also ... Read More »

TowerData Acquires email Data Aggregator Rapleaf

Email database company TowerData Inc. has acquired marketing data company Rapleaf Data. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. TowerData will add Rapleaf’s demographic, purchase and interest data, covering about 80% of all email addresses in the U.S., to its email validation service, allowing users to clean and enhance email databases at the same time. The acquisition is expected ... Read More »

TransUnion Completes Acquisition of TLO

TransUnion announced that it has completed the acquisition of Boca Raton, Fla.-based TLO, a leading company in the risk information and analytics industry. “This acquisition supports our primary mission to help organizations optimize their risk-based decisions and enable consumers to understand and manage their personal information,” said Jim Peck, TransUnion’s president and CEO. “We are excited about the possibilities the ... Read More »

Moody’s Acquires Amba Investment Services

Acquisition bolsters Copal Partners to create a leading outsourcer to corporate finance, investment research and asset management customers Moody’s Corporation (NYSE:MCO) has acquired Amba Investment Services, a provider of investment research and quantitative analytics for global financial institutions. Amba will operate as part of Moody’s Analytics majority-owned subsidiary, Copal Partners. The acquisition will bolster the research and analytical capabilities offered ... Read More »

Bisnode Acquires Great Consulting Nordic AB

Bisnode has strengthened its offering in strategic advice for better decision support and has acquired Great Consulting Group Nordic AB, a Swedish consulting firm with expertise in analysis and advice in connection with strategic and operational decisions. The acquisition has strengthening Bisnodes portfolio by being able to offer additional support and advice to help its customers make smart decisions. Great ... Read More »

Apple Acquires Social-analytic Company Topsy for $200M

Apple Inc. has acquired Topsy Labs Inc., social-media analytic company, for $200 million, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal.  Topsy specializes in data obtained from Twitter Inc. which it analyzes to track the sentiments of consumers and measure the popularity of particular items or topics. Source: Marketwatch.com Read More »

Nielsen Acquires Harris Interactive for US$117 million

Nielsen agreed to buy market research firm Harris Interactive for about $116.6 million.  Nielsen agreed to pay $2 per share, but the price may change. The per-share amount is 4 percent below Harris Interactive Inc.’s $2.08 Friday closing price. Harris Interactive CEO Al Angrisani said in a statement on Monday that the company chose the Nielsen transaction after a review of ... Read More »

Salesforce.com Acquired Cloudconnect

Salesforce.com has purchased cloudconnect, a startup founded by Heroku and Salesforce.com alum Adam Gross.  The announcement was made at Salesforce’s annual Dreamforce conference in San Francisco.  Cloudconnect compiles customer data for app developers, to be part of Heroku. Cloudconnect aimed to give developers easy access to customer data — “unifying all CRM, social, and web data into a single database” — ... Read More »