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Microsoft Acquires Mobile BI Vendor Datazen

Microsoft has purchased cross-platform, mobile business-intelligence vendor Datazen Software, a Toronto-based company, for an undisclosed amount. Toronto-based Datazen provides data visualization and key performance indicator data on Windows, iOS and Android devices. Microsoft is touting the acquisition as accelerating its Power BI self-service business-intelligence strategy.  Datazen was founded in 2002 as ComponentArt – a developer tools vendor that built UI ... Read More »

Harte Hanks Announces the Sale of Its B2B Research Businesses

Harte Hanks announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to sell its B2B research businesses, Aberdeen Group and Harte Hanks Market Intelligence, to subsidiaries of Halyard Capital.  The company intends to use the proceeds from the transaction to support its strategic development.  Aberdeen Group and Harte Hanks Market Intelligence represented less than 5% of Harte Hanks’ total 2014 revenues.  The ... Read More »

Salesforce.com, Inc. Acquires Authentication Software Developer Toopher

Salesforce.com, Inc. has acquired Toopher Inc. an Austin based start-up that is known for its two step authentication security solutions. Toopher was launched in January 2011 by Evan Grim and Josh Alexander. Grim holds a PhD in software engineering from University of Texas while Josh Alexander worked as an adjunct professor for UT’s McCombs School of Business.  Together they formed ... Read More »

Harte Hanks Acquires 3Q Digital, Inc.

Harte Hanks announced the acquisition of privately-owned 3Q Digital, Inc., a leading digital marketing agency, adding pace towards achieving Harte Hanks’ strategic goal of leadership in customer interaction. The transaction closed on March 16, 2015. Under the terms of the definitive agreement, Harte Hanks paid an initial sum with additional consideration payable upon the achievement of challenging performance goals over ... Read More »

Moody’s to Acquire Equilibrium – Enters Peru

Moody’s Corporation announced that it has agreed to acquire Equilibrium, a leading provider of credit rating and research services in Peru and other countries in Latin America. Based in Peru, Equilibrium has operated since 1996. Following the acquisition, Equilibrium will continue to issue domestic ratings in Peru and Panama with an independent analytical and rating committee process. Renzo Barbieri will ... Read More »

BISNODE Acquires Business Partners Verification System OCTOPUS

Bisnode has bought the business partners verification OCTOPUS system from the DC GROUP, spol. s.r.o. company.   Through this transaction, Bisnode has added 600 new clients. The objective of the acquisition of the OCTOPUS system is to strengthen the Bisnode position in the Czech market, particularly in the segment of small and medium sized companies.  Apart from the competitive product ... Read More »

Google Acquires Odysee

Google has acquired Odysee, and the platform team behind the app will join the group of developers at Google+. The photo backup and sharing app allowed iOS and Android app users to automatically back up their photos and videos to their home computer or to a cloud server from their smartphones. The acquisition fuels rumors that Google will separate its ... Read More »

Baidu’s 2014 Revenue UP 54% in 2014, announces business restructure

Baidu, the leading Chinese-language Internet search provider,  reports revenues of US$7.9 billion – representing overall growth of 54%. The company posted net income in 2014 of US$2.1 billion, an increase of 25% over the previous year. Diluted earnings per share in the period were RMB 37.32 (US$6.01). The majority of Baidu’s revenues were generated from its online marketing services. In ... Read More »

Microsoft Acquires Revolution Analytics

Microsoft is spending an undisclosed sum to acquire statistical computing and predictive analytics firm Revolution Analytics. Revolution provides consulting, training and software for R, described as ‘the world’s most widely used statistics programming language’, and both parties say the buy will help more companies make use of it to unlock big data insights, as well as bolstering the open source ... Read More »

TransUnion Considers IPO

TransUnion Corp. has revived plans for an IPO that could raise up to US$1bn this year, according to Reuters. Advent International and GS Capital Partners, which bought the company three years ago, are preparing to mandate banks on a fresh attempt to go public, multiple market sources confirmed.  The company is expected to confirm shortly which banks it has chosen ... Read More »

LexisNexis Teams Up with Tech Giants to Offer “Hat Trick” of Business Tools to Small Law Firms

“Better Together Bundle” Combines Package of Products – Including Microsoft Office 365 and GoDaddy Hosting – Specifically Designed for the Small Law Attorney LexisNexis® Legal & Professional announced that the LexisNexis Firm Manager® team will offer a new “Better Together Bundle.” The bundle combines three essential business products or services – secure, easy to use online practice management, Microsoft Office 365™ productivity ... Read More »

AXIO Data Group Completes Acquisition of FlightView

AXIO Data Group (AXIO) has announced that OAG, AXIO’s aviation division, has completed the acquisition of FlightView, Inc., the leading Boston-based provider of real-time flight information solutions for the aviation and travel industries. FlightView‘s products help aviation and travel professionals achieve superior customer service, operational efficiencies, and has attracted strong brand loyalty with easy to use real-time information. FlightView brings ... Read More »

Social Media Analytics Firm tracx Raises $18m

Social media analytics specialist tracx has secured an $18m Series C round of financing, which it will use to drive product innovation, hire new staff, and fund the launch of additional global offices. With existing locations in New York, Tel Aviv and London, tracx’ solutions allow real-time relevancy analysis and data mining of social media, giving insights into customer, competitor ... Read More »