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FICO Acquires InfoCentricity

Creates the broadest Cloud and on-premise offering for predictive analytics modeling FICO (NYSE:FICO), a leading predictive analytics and decision management software company, announced its intention to acquire InfoCentricity, a private, software-as-a-service-based predictive analytics software company based in Novato, California. The transaction is expected to close in April, 2014, upon satisfaction of typical closing conditions. Although terms were not disclosed, the transaction is ... Read More »

Google Capital Backs Credit Karma with 85M Funding

Google Capital participates in a new funding of $85 million for Credit Karma, a San Francisco-based startup that provides free credit scores to consumers.  Google Capital financed roughly half of the $85 million round, with the rest coming from Tiger Global, Ribbit Capital, and Susquehanna Growth Equity. People visiting Credit Karma can take a free peek at their credit score ... Read More »

Gartner Acquires Software Advice

Gartner announced the acquisition of Software Advice, Inc., a privately-held company based in Austin, Texas that employs approximately 100 people. Terms were not disclosed. Software Advice offers detailed reviews, comparisons and research to assist organizations in finding products that best fit their current and future needs. The company has helped more than 180,000 people choose the right software for their ... Read More »

Alibaba Said to Have Acquired 20% Stake in Wasu Media for US$1bn

Alibaba Group has reportedly acquired a 20% stake in Wasu Media Holding Co worth about US$1 billion. Shenzhen-listed Wasu Media said on March 4 that it would suspend trading on the local stock market as it planned to adjust a private placement scheme.  A spokesperson for Alibaba offered no comment in response to the market speculation.  A Wasu spokesperson said ... Read More »

DMG Events Acquires Significant Share in Media Specialist Quartz Coatings Ltd.

DMG events, a subsidiary of the London-listed Daily Mail and General Trust plc, has acquired a significant share in Quartz Coatings Ltd, a B2B media specialist in paint and coatings exhibitions and publications.  Financial details of the deal were not disclosed. Quartz will retain its business media and chemical operations. These appear to be largely the same events that dmg ... Read More »

Verisk Analytics, Inc. Divests Interthinx

Verisk Analytics, Inc. (Nasdaq:VRSK) announced it has signed a definitive agreement to sell its mortgage analytics business, Interthinx, to First American Financial Corporation, a leading global provider of title insurance, settlement services and risk solutions to participants in real estate transactions, for a purchase price of $155 million in cash, subject to typical adjustments for, among other things, the working ... Read More »

FactSet Acquires Matrix Data Limited

FactSet acquired Matrix Data Limited (“Matrix”) for $32 million during the second quarter of fiscal 2014.   Headquartered in London, England, Matrix’s primary line of business is a provider of intelligence to the UK financial services industry, covering market share of mutual fund distribution.  Matrix has developed customer, channel and market benchmarking solutions that help clients optimize product distribution and ... Read More »

Oracle to Acquire Cloud-Based Data Platform BlueKai

Oracle announced that it has signed an agreement to acquire BlueKai, the cloud-based big data platform that enables companies to personalize online, offline and mobile marketing campaigns with information about targeted audiences. BlueKai will be integrated with both Responsys for B2C marketing automation and Eloqua for B2B marketing automation in order to deliver orchestrated and personalized customer interactions across all ... Read More »

Moody’s Announces Conditional Offer to Acquire Majority Interest in ICRA

Moody’s Corporation announced a conditional open offer to acquire up to 2,650,000 equity shares of ICRA Limited, a leading provider of credit ratings and research in India. The offer is conditional upon acquiring at least 2,149,101 equity shares, which would increase Moody’s ownership stake from 28.5% to just over 50.0%. Full acceptance of the offer would increase Moody’s ownership stake ... Read More »

Dun & Bradstreet Credit Bureaus Ltd. Acquires Stake in National Bureau Commercial Information S.A.O.C. of Oman

Dun & Bradstreet Credit Bureaus Ltd. (DBCB) has acquired 51% equity stake in the Omani National Bureau Commercial Information (NBCI).   NBCI is currently owned by a consortium of Omani banks and financial institutions. This move strengthens DBCB’s foothold in the GCC & MENA private credit bureau industry. DBCB has equity stakes in credit bureaus in Nigeria, Ghana and Tanzania and ... Read More »

Facebook to Acquire WatsApp for $19bn

Facebook has agreed to buy the mobile messaging company WhatsApp for $19bn (£11.4bn), the social network has announced.  The company said in a statement that it would pay $4bn (£2.4bn) in cash and $15bn (£9bn) in Facebook shares as part of the deal. The app’s founders and employees will get $3bn (£1.8bn) of the shares as restricted stock that will ... Read More »

CRIF Acquires OFWI – Teledata from Axon Active Holding AG

CRIF Spa, present in Switzerland as CRIF AG, has announced the acquisition from Axon Active Holding AG of its subsidiary company Orell Füssli Wirtschaftsinformationen AG (OFWI), known by its brand “Teledata”. Founded in 1986, pioneering the electronic delivery of information from commercial registers, OFWI Teledata is the market leader in Switzerland for credit and business information, specifically in the financial ... Read More »

Alibaba Invests in English-learning Service TutorGroup

Alibaba has made an investment in TutorGroup, an online education platform and one of the largest English-language learning institution in the world.  Alibaba says it has teammed up with Singapore’s state investment firm Temasek and Qiming Venture Partners to invest nearly 100 million U.S. dollars in TutorGroup.   Alibaba has not revealed the details of the deal.  TutorGroup says it plans ... Read More »

Ownership Change at Callcredit Information Group Ltd.

Callcredit Information Group Ltd. announces an ownership change whereby GTCR, a leading Chicago-based private equity firm, has partnered with management to acquire the company.   GTCR and Callcredit’s management team, led by CEO John McAndrew, are investing behind the company’s strong growth trajectory, innovative product offering, and service-oriented culture. GTCR is acquiring an ownership position from Vitruvian Partners, a middle market private ... Read More »

Equifax Acquires Software Company Inffinix

Equifax has acquired Inffinix, a Mexico City-based credit data software company. Inffinix provides collections workflow software on a licensed basis to companies throughout the Latin American region.  The software enables customers’ collection staff to efficiently process, manage and track accounts throughout the entire collections process. Today, Inffinix’s geographic footprint includes customers in Mexico, Brazil, Chile, Peru, Colombia and Costa Rica. ... Read More »

Equifax Acquires Chicago Based Forseva LLC

Enhances Commercial Credit and Collections Management Capabilities following its acquisition of TDX in the UK Equifax Inc. (NYSE:EFX) has acquired Forseva, LLC a Chicago based leading provider of end-to-end, cloud-based credit and collections management solutions.   The company will become a part of Equifax Commercial Information Solutions. This is an interesting development.  Equifax’s commercial solutions business has gone nowhere since its ... Read More »

Alibaba Offers to Acquire AutoNavi

Alibaba Group Holding Ltd offered to buy AutoNavi Holdings Ltd in a deal valuing the Chinese digital mapping and navigation firm at $1.58 billion.  Alibaba, which already owns 28 percent of AutoNavi, has been trying to expand its product line-up to better compete with Chinese rivals Tencent Holdings Ltd and Baidu Inc.    Alibaba had offered to buy the 72 percent ... Read More »