acquisitions

Hey Twitter, Please Don't Ruin SoundCloud

Remember Twitter Music? Probably not. The ill-fated recommendation service started as We Are Hunted, which was a great independent service until Twitter bought it, tanked its music ambitions, and killed it. Now there’s a rumour Twitter has its roving eye on SoundCloud. We really hope history isn’t about to repeat itself.


Google Reportedly Wants To Buy Twitch For $1 Billion

YouTube is the place to go for video, and Twitch.tv is the place to go for live game streaming, so why wouldn’t the two join forces? That’s the report this morning according to Variety: the former looks set to acquire the latter for a lazy $US1 billion.


Apple Is Reportedly Getting Ready To Buy Beats For $3.2 Billion

According to the Financial Times, Apple is closing in on an acquisition of Beats, the headphone manufacturer turned streaming music service. The $US3.2 billion deal would give Apple control over a powerful brand, but it would at the same time be puzzling.


Google Found An Artificial Brain To Power Its Robot Army

Clearly not content with buying a terrifying robot army, Google is now purchasing a London-based artificial intelligence company to go with it — for a cool $US500 million.


Phwoar...Google Just Bought Nest For $3.2 Billion

Hold onto your smart home, folks: Google just bought smart home gadget maker Nest for $US3.2 billion. In cash.


Confirmed: Apple Bought The Company That Made The Original Kinect

Your iPhone could be getting some serious new capabilities soon, following the news that Apple has acquired the 3D-sensing technology company PrimeSense. This is the same Israeli company that built the original Microsoft Kinect sensor. But that doesn’t mean Apple’s planning an Xbox competitor anytime soon.


What Apple's Latest Acquisition Says About The Future Of Apple TV

Apple just bought a small startup company you probably never heard of called Matcha.tv. Why is this important? Because it might, maybe, possibly reveal what Apple sees as the future of Apple TV: a channel-less oasis, where it doesn’t matter what streaming service you watch your favourite TV show on, as long as it’s through Apple TV.


Apple's Shiny New Chipmaker Could Give It A Major Battery Boost

Apple today acquired Passif, a wireless chipmaker that specialises in making tiny chips that require very low amounts of energy. The deal, it seems, happened sometime in the last few months, reports Jessica Lessin.


Google Bought A Smartwatch Company

According to GigaOM, Google bought WIMM Labs last year to help develop its upcoming Android smartwatch. WIMM Labs was the maker of the WIMM One, a smart watch released a few years ago that ran a modified version of Android.


Apple Maps Should Get Way Better After HopStop Acquisition

Well, well, well. Looks like Apple is doubling down on its Maps efforts leading up to the launch of iOS 7. Bloomberg is reporting that Apple has acquired HopStop, marking the second maps-related acquisition for the day.


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