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Google acquires Quickoffice

Google acquires Quickoffice

Google may already have Documents and Drive at its disposal, but the company has just announced that its acquiring Quickoffice to further expand its office capabilities. The main motivation behind the purchase seems to be Quickoffice’s ability to easily convert between many different office file formats. Google say that Quickoffice features will be rolled into Apps in the future.

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Zynga adds Buzz Monkey to its quiver

Zynga adds Buzz Monkey to its quiver

Social gaming giant Zynga has decided to make yet another acquisition. The company has purchased a company called Buzz Monkey. The amount of money it paid was not reported, which means it was not excessive. Very large acquisitions need to be reported to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Buzz Monkey proved itself with games like Army of Two: 40th Day and Tomb Raider titles.

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Cook talks Apple aquisitions at D10

Cook talks Apple aquisitions at D10

This week Tim Cook spoke at the most recent All Things D conference in their opening ceremony about a great many things, not least of them on how Apple plans on continuing their pattern of purchasing smaller companies. Kara Swisher and Walt Mossberg inquired with Cook as to why companies like Facebook and Twitter have different amounts of integration with Apple's mobile products, this leading Cook to note that as far as Facebook goes: "We have great respect for them. I think we can do more with them. ... They have their way of doing things, but people could say the same thing about us." This lead directly into Swisher's next question on whether or not Cook saw Apple making more acquisitions of companies in the future.

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Facebook’s Face.com buy confirmed

Facebook’s Face.com buy confirmed

Facebook is definitely buying Face.com, according to multiple sources familiar with the matter. Rumors of the deal quickly spread following Facebook's IPO and it's believed that the two companies have been in talks for quite some time. Sources expect the deal to be around $100 million and that lawyers are currently hammering out the details.

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Seagate buys LaCie for $186 million

Seagate buys LaCie for $186 million

Seagate has announced that it is buying a majority stake in rival hard drive maker LaCie for $186 million. The Paris-based LaCie is a long-time maker of premium consumer hard drives for Macs and the first ones to feature Apple's Thunderbolt technology. Seagate believes that the acquisition will complement its mainstream hard drive lines and help it expand into new consumer markets, particularly in Europe and Japan.

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Google-Motorola deal closing this week, layoffs imminent

Google-Motorola deal closing this week, layoffs imminent

Google's $12.5 billion deal to acquire Motorola Mobility is ready to close this week. The deal just passed through its last hurdle over the weekend, getting China's regulatory approval and an 8-K form was filed by Motorola today, noting that the deal would close within the next two days. And although neither company has mentioned restructuring plans, there's still concerns about potential layoffs.

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Zynga Wild Needle acquisition estimated at $3.8 million

Zynga Wild Needle acquisition estimated at $3.8 million

Social gaming giant Zynga has just added another notch to its belt. This one was created with a very specific niche in mind - targeting women gamers on mobile platforms. The company in question is Wild Needle, which was created by the co-founder of successful game company Playdom Rick Thompson. Playdom was acquired in 2010 by Disney, AKA pretty much the best kind of acquisition there can be.

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T-Mobile MetroPCS merger tipped

T-Mobile MetroPCS merger tipped

After the hassle that T-Mobile went through during the bungled AT&T acquisition proposition, one might think the company is sour on the idea of mergers right now. But then again, it ended up getting billions of dollars in a concession deal with AT&T and it didn't even have to give up anything, so it's not all bad. Nevertheless, T-Mobile's subscription numbers are way down and now it's looking for something to give itself a huge jolt to get back in the game.

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Samsung buys mSpot cloud music service

Samsung buys mSpot cloud music service

Samsung may have spoiled any big CTIA reveals with the launch of the Galaxy S III last week, but that doesn't mean it can't make some corporate waves. The Korean manufacturer has announced that it's purchased mSpot, a cloud music and movie service focused on mobile apps. While Samsung didn't announce its intentions beyond tablet and smartphone integration, its desire for both media sales and cloud infrastructure services across its many device categories is well known.

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