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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 »

Experian Completes Acquisition of Passport Health

Experian Healthcare announced completion of the acquisition of Passport Health, which brings together complementary capabilities across the entire healthcare revenue cycle and positions the organization as a market leader in healthcare information technology. Experian Healthcare and Passport Health’s products and services will be combined to create an end-to-end revenue cycle management platform for healthcare providers. The united platform will give providers ... Read More »

Ratings Agency Fitch Bids For Mergermarket

Fitch Group has lodged an interest in acquiring Mergermarket, which charges subscribers fees for supplying information about takeover deals and companies to the City and Wall Street.  The business is being sold by Pearson, the FTSE-100 media and education group which owns the FT and a stake in Penguin Random House, the global book publisher. Final bids for Mergermarket are ... Read More »

Alibaba Completes Acquisition of Umeng

Mobile app analytics platform Umeng has announced that it was acquired by the Alibaba Group, but declined to reveal any financial information about the deal.  Umeng will retain operational autonomy as an independent company upon completion of the acquisition. Alibaba’s wireless division director Eddie Wu has disclosed that the company will assist in positioning Umeng as a comprehensive mobile developer ... Read More »

LexisNexis(R) Acquires LegalStudio(R)

LexisNexis® has announced the acquisition of acclaimed legal information provider, LegalStudio®. Widely known throughout China for its tailor-made bilingual awareness and practice materials, LegalStudio offers daily updated legal and tax news, articles, commentaries, and timely newsletters, together with an extensive library of model contract templates, and a law and case database, providing critical support to legal professionals in corporations and ... Read More »

Experian Sells Document Outsourcing Business in Colombia

Experian PLC (EXPN.LN) has sold the Colombia document outsourcing business of Experian Computec S.A. to Hermes Documentos S.A.S., a Colombian investor, for an undisclosed sum. The business was acquired as part of the Computec acquisition in 2011 and is seen as non-core to Experian, the company said, adding that the sale frees up resources to focus on growing the core ... Read More »

SBI Acquires Stake in Equifax Inc’s India-based Credit Bureau

The State Bank of India (SBI) announced that it acquired a stake in the U. S.-based Equifax Inc’s Indian subsidiary Equifax Credit Information Services (ECIS).  In a press release, the SBI said that the investment gave it an interest in the credit bureau ECIS along with a membership in its board. The lender, however, neither disclose the size of stake ... Read More »

RR Donnelley to Acquire Consolidated Graphics

Further Expands RR Donnelley’s Digital Print, Commercial Print, Direct Mail, Large and Grand Format Printing, Packaging, Print Management and Integrated Communication Solutions Offerings R. R. Donnelley & Sons Company (NASDAQ:RRD) and Consolidated Graphics, Inc. (NYSE:CGX) jointly announced today that they have signed a definitive agreement by which RR Donnelley will acquire Consolidated Graphics, a provider of digital and commercial printing, ... Read More »

LexisNexis Risk Solutions Acquires Mapflow

With the acquisition of the geographic risk technology company, LexisNexis picks up software to complement its data, analytics and linking capabilities. LexisNexis® Risk Solutions announced the acquisition of Dublin-based Mapflow to help commercial and home insurers better understand geographic peril risk at the property level to make more informed underwriting decisions and better manage their portfolio exposure.  Mapflow is an ... Read More »

TransUnion to Save TLO from Bankruptcy in a Bid to Acquire TLO for $105 Million

TLO LLC announced that it has reached an agreement in principle with TransUnion pursuant to which TransUnion will serve as the “stalking horse bidder” in conjunction with a court-supervised sales process to maximize value for the Company. TLO filed a motion seeking authorization from the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Florida in West Palm Beach (the ... Read More »

Alibaba Invests $193 Million to Buy Chinese Asset Manager Tianhong

Alibaba Group has invested 1.18 billion yuan ($192.8 million) to buy fund management company Tianhong Asset Management Co, Tianhong shareholder Inner Mongolia Junzheng Energy & Chemical Industry Co said in a statement on Wednesday. The investment provides Alibaba with a 51 percent controlling stake in Tianhong, which is already in a partnership with Alibaba’s online payment affiliate Alipay. Source: Reuters.com Read More »

IBM Buys Mobile Targeting Firm Xtify

IBM has acquired mobile targeting specialist Xtify, enhancing its offering in the areas of campaign creation, personalized content, dynamic real-time segmentation, and analytics for all mobile devices and browsers. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Founded in 2009, New York-based Xtify offers a platform through which to track those who visit e-commerce web sites, or use mobile apps, and ... Read More »

LexisNexis® Acquires Enclarity

Third acquisition in a year as company strengthens its identity, fraud and clinical analytics to offer 360° view of health care providers. LexisNexis® Risk Solutions announced the acquisition of Enclarity, Inc. an industry-leading health care provider data and information solutions company.  The deal will enable LexisNexis to add Enclarity’s health care provider data to its existing analytics platforms and workflows, and ... Read More »

Alibaba to Acquire Kanbox

The Alibaba Group has announced plans to acquire China-based personal cloud storage service, Kanbox, for an undisclosed sum.  Alibaba previously launched its own cloud computing unit, Aliyun, in 2009 and has since been expanding related services. Kanbox was launched in 2011 and is often referred to as the “Dropbox of China. ” The company reportedly has more than 15 million registered ... Read More »