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Speck acquired by Samsonite for $85 million

Speck acquired by Samsonite for $85 million

Samsonite, maker of robust luggage meant to be used and abused, has acquired Speck. The luggage company is purchasing the mobile device case maker for $85 million, and hopes to capitalize on the $2.3 billion case market. On a downturn of late, Speck may have seen their valuation dip just a touch, making them prime for the acquisition.

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Apple likely bought Beats because iTunes is in decline

Apple likely bought Beats because iTunes is in decline

Now that Apple has Beats under their wing, some are searching for answers. Did they covet Beats’ headphones? Was it a quick grab to get a streaming music offering? The answer to both is probably a firm “yes”, but when it comes to Apple’s music offerings, the proof is in the numbers.

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Apple taking over design of Beats hardware in acquisition

Apple taking over design of Beats hardware in acquisition

Though Apple will operate Beats independently of the company proper, things will definitely be changing. Beats’ iconic designs have been thanks to design firm Ammunition, who designed everything from the Pro to the Pill. Now that Apple has snatched up Beats, they’ll be handling the hardware as well, leaving Ammunition out in the cold.

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Apple Beats: The Next Episode

Apple Beats: The Next Episode

The acquisition of Beats by Apple was not about shutting down a rival company, nor was it about grabbing patents. Apple didn’t intent on purchasing Beats because they wanted good designers or because they didn’t already have good enough headphones themselves. Instead, this purchase was the first in Apple’s public transformation into a company that isn’t forced to retain its excellence by strict regulation of hardware and software. Now begins Apple’s diversification.

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Apple’s acquisition of Beats confirmed for $3 billion

In an attempt to get a “headstart”, Apple CEO Tim Cook has confirmed the company is purchasing Beats. He also says Apple will spend $3 billion for Beats, the largest acquisition ever for Apple. This ends weeks of speculation, giving us the answers we’ve been so curious to know.

Apple rumored to have reduced offer for Beats

Apple rumored to have reduced offer for Beats

All the fanfare over Apple buying Beats, and it turns out Apple wasn’t even done researching the company when we first heard of it. A new report from the New York Post suggests Apple was still doing their due diligence when news of the proposed acquisition leaked. The report also suggests Apple has reduced their offer for Beats on the back of poor streaming subscriber numbers.

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Apple/Beats deal said slowed by money, power, and respect

Apple/Beats deal said slowed by money, power, and respect

The Apple deal to acquire Beats, which was supposed to have happened weeks ago, has dragged out far too long. If a deal were to be made, we expect it would have been done by now, but a new report suggests there are some visceral hang-ups keeping it at bay. Most notably, the three tenets of any business dealing: money, power, and respect.

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Google reportedly acquiring satellite start-up Skybox

Google reportedly acquiring satellite start-up Skybox

No stranger to big acquisitions, Google is said to be interested in Satellite start-up Skybox. The deal, reportedly worth $1 billion, would roll the service in-house, and likely keep a good portion of Skybox’s staff with Google. The satellite firm was last valued at roughly $700 million last year.

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Apple’s Beats deal is for Dre, streaming, and everything else

Apple’s Beats deal is for Dre, streaming, and everything else

An attempt to save the music industry? An acquihire to get Dr.Dre? Two reports suggest Apple’s deal for Beats would encompass both goals. One one hand, Beats would be the iTunes streaming service many have wanted, while Dr. Dre and Beats partner Jimmy Iovine round out Apple’s “board of cool”.

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Twitter reportedly eyeing acquisition of SoundCloud

Twitter reportedly eyeing acquisition of SoundCloud

After shuttering their Twitter Music feature, Twitter is once again said to be interested in the streaming music genre. This time, they’re reportedly eyeing an already robust offering in SoundCloud. Having recently gone public, this would be the biggest grab Twitter has ever made, if they go through with it.

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Google Ventures continues to precede acquisition with Divide

Google Ventures continues to precede acquisition with Divide

The company formerly known as Enterproid - now as Divide - has been acquired by Google. Google Ventures previously invested in Divide, making this one in a line of companies that had investment cash from Google Ventures only to then be acquired by Google in its entirety. One does not always precede the other, but this situation is too plain to not explore.

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Google said to be eyeing Twitch.tv

Google said to be eyeing Twitch.tv

Google is rumored to be in talks that would expand the scope of its YouTube brand considerably. It is said to be close to acquiring Twitch.tv, which it will be buying to the tune of $1 billion.

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