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FTC Approves Nielsen Arbitron Deal

The FTC has announced it will allow Nielsen to acquire Arbitron with a condition safeguarding Arbitron’s September 2012 cross-platform project with comScore and broadcaster ESPN. Nielsen says the condition imposed by the FTC ‘does not affect the strategic rationale of the acquisition or the anticipated benefits’, and says the deal will ‘enable broader measurement of what consumers are watching and ... Read More »

First Data Corporation acquires full ownership of Merchant Solutions

First Data Corporation acquired full ownership of the Merchant Solutions joint venture from Standard Chartered Bank on May 31, 2013. The joint venture was first established in 2007. As part of this agreement, Standard Chartered will continue to work with Merchant Solutions as its sponsoring bank. “The payments landscape is experiencing exciting transformation and significant growth, and taking a 100 ... Read More »

CRISIL India to Sell its Stake in IISL

CRISIL Ltd, a subsidiary of S&P, has informed the Indian Stock Exchange that the it will be selling its equity stake in India Index Services & Products Limited (IISL), comprising 6,37,000 equity shares of face value Rs. 10 each and representing 49% of the total equity share capital of IISL, its Joint Venture with National Stock Exchange of India Limited ... Read More »

BISNODE Belgium Acquires Business Intelligence Startup BIside

Putting Business Intelligence at the Very Heart of Marketing-Solutions Portfolios BISNODE Belgium has acquired the business-intelligence startup BIside.  The company provides strategic analysis and solutions for product development, communications and engagement practices, sales optimization, online communication, customer-care optimization and risk reduction. BIside was founded by Thierry van de Merckt, who alongside having managed BIside also teaches business intelligence as associate ... Read More »

Nielsen Acquires R.R.Bowker’s Business Intelligence and Commerce Solutions

Nielsen, the media and information measuring service, is acquiring book data vendor R. R. Bowker’s Business Intelligence and Commerce Solutions product units.  The deal will close in a month, and gives Nielsen the ability to measure e-book sales in the U.S. and U.K., while also tracking book volume and sales trends using a variety of demographic criteria. The two services ... Read More »

Alibaba Buys Stake in Online Shopping Company Shoprunner

Alibaba has acquired a minority stake in ShopRunner, an online media outlet.  Alibaba is paying USD 75 million for the stake in ShopRunner, run by former Yahoo Chief Executive Scott Thompson. The investment will add to a long relationship between Alibaba and Yahoo. Shoprunner is a subscription-based service that provides Amazon Prime-like free two-day shipping to shoppers.  The business model is straightforward: the ... Read More »

IMS Health Acquires Diversinet’s Assets for $3.5M

Toronto-based mobile health company Diversinet agreed to sell its assets to IMS Health for about $3.5 million (US).  The sale includes Diversinet’s intellectual property, software, and customer contracts. Some employees will also be offered positions at IMS, once the deal is finalized. The asset acquisition is still subject to the approval of the company’s shareholders but a vote is scheduled ... Read More »

BIG Data in Retail: Market Track LLC Acquires Dynamite Data LLC.

Two Chicago-based companies that help retail clients optimize pricing strategy are joining forces.  The acquisition underscores Big Data’s role in retail. Market Track LLC, which employs more than 400 people and serves 500 retail and manufacturing clients, has agreed to acquire Dynamite Data LLC, a 20-person company that scours the Web to provide retail clients with real-time pricing updates from ... Read More »

REED ELSEVIER Sells RBI Italy to BVMultimedia

Reed Elsevier today sold RBI Italy, a subsidiary of Reed Business Information, to BVMultimedia, a company owned by Roberto Briglia and Gianni Vallardi. RBI Italy is one of the country’s most important publishing and business to business services companies. It generates annual sales in excess of €18m in three business areas. These include publishing, with 13 market leading magazines and ... Read More »

Yahoo! Buys Beijing-Based Social Media Analyst Ztelic

Yahoo! has acquired Beijing-based social media analysis firm Ztelic, aiming to boost its R&D efforts in China. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Ztelic’s team has developed a software product for analyzing and monitoring activity across social networks.  Yahoo! said in a statement that it has acquired the company for its engineering talent, comprising eight developers and engineers, along ... Read More »

Informa Sells Five Corporate Training Assets for US $180 Million

Informa Plc agreed to divest its interest from its five corporate training businesses after signing an agreement with Providence Equity Partners. The total consideration for the sale amounted to US $180 million. The company, one of the premier academic publishing and business information and events groups, said in a statement that it’s looking to focus more on its subscription and ... Read More »

CoreLogic Acquires Bank Of America’s Flood Zone Determination And Property Tax Processing Assets And Business Operations

CoreLogic® (NYSE: CLGX) announced the Company has purchased flood zone determination and tax processing services assets and operating platforms from Bank of America and entered into a services agreement to continue to provide these services to Bank of America. Bank of America’s flood zone determination and tax servicing operations will be integrated in CoreLogic’s existing flood and tax servicing business units and ... Read More »

Salesforce.com Completes Acquisition of ExactTarget

Salesforce.com (NYSE: CRM) announced it has completed its acquisition of ExactTarget, a leading cloud marketing platform used by more than 6,000 companies including Coca-Cola, Gap and Nike. Salesforce.com’s acquisition of ExactTarget furthers its mission of being the world’s leading CRM platform—one that enables companies to transform how they connect with their customers across sales, service and marketing. By combining ExactTarget’s leading ... Read More »

Equifax Acquires TrustedID

Equifax Inc. (NYSE: EFX) has acquired TrustedID, an innovative leader in the fast-growing identity protection market among U.S. consumers.  TrustedID will become part of Equifax Personal Solutions, Equifax’s direct-to-consumer business unit offering credit monitoring and identity protection solutions. Read More »