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Zynga acquires November Software

Zynga acquires November Software

Beleaguered social and mobile games maker Zynga announced today that it has acquired November Software. With less-than-stellar quarterly reports and the recent reveal that it would be laying off a large number of workers, you might be wondering why Zynga is spending the money to acquire other companies. As it turns out, Zynga actually bought November back in the spring, but is only revealing the buyout today.

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George Lucas speaks on Star Wars Episode 7 and Disney deal

George Lucas speaks on Star Wars Episode 7 and Disney deal

What a day for Star Wars fans - not only was it revealed that Disney had purchased LucasFilm Limited, but we also found out that Star Wars Episode VII is currently in the works for release in 2015. Those are both major announcements, especially the one about Episode VII since George Lucas said constantly that he was done making movies in the series after Episode III was released. It turns out that he was telling the truth, as he won't be making Star Wars Episode VII, instead only acting as a consultant.

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T-Mobile, MetroPCS merger may not close until Q2 2013

T-Mobile, MetroPCS merger may not close until Q2 2013

After a bunch of rumors, last week the merger between T-Mobile and MetroPCS became official. At the time, T-Mobile executives were saying that the merger would close sometime in the first half of 2013, and today, T-Mobile's parent company Deutsche Telekom is getting a little more specific about that window. In an interview with German newspaper Boersenzeitung (as reported by Reuters), Deutsche Telekom CFO Timotheus Hoettges said that money probably won't change hands until the second quarter of next year.

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Microsoft announces PhoneFactor acquisition

Microsoft announces PhoneFactor acquisition

Today Microsoft announced that it has purchased PhoneFactor, a company that specializes in phone-based multi-factor authentication. Unlike a lot of the acquisitions we've been hearing about lately, Microsoft is actually giving us details when it comes to what the company plans to do with PhoneFactor. According a blog post penned by Microsoft's Bharat Shah, Microsoft will "further integrate PhoneFactor's technology into its Active Directory, Windows Azure Active Directory and Office 365 products."

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Motorola Mobility announces Viewdle acquisition

Motorola Mobility announces Viewdle acquisition

Well, look at that. Yesterday, we caught wind of a rumored Google buyout of Viewdle, a company that specializes in facial recognition technology. The whispers yesterday said that this acquisition could be announced by the end of the week, possibly as soon as today. Sure enough, Motorola announced its acquisition of Viewdle today, sealing the deal and boosting Google's portfolio when it comes to facial recognition.

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Oracle isn’t planning NetApp acquisition, Ellison says

Oracle isn’t planning NetApp acquisition, Ellison says

Oracle CEO Larry Ellison has laid any rumors of another acquisition to rest today. Many were thinking that NetApp might be the next buyout target for Oracle, which has already purchased 8 other companies this year, but speaking to CNBC today, Ellison said that Oracle is done acquiring other companies... at least for now. Instead, Oracle will be focusing on its own "organic growth" for a while, as the company thinks it has all of the pieces in place to facilitate such growth.

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Deutsche Telekom rumored to be buying MetroPCS [UPDATE: talks confirmed]

Deutsche Telekom rumored to be buying MetroPCS [UPDATE: talks confirmed]

European wireless provider Deutsche Telekom (who owns T-Mobile) is rumored to be closing in on an acquisition deal with regional carrier MetroPCS. If and when the buyout happens, the German wireless carrier is planning on using MetroPCS's resources to bolster up T-Mobile's US network. Representatives from both sides are planning to meet tomorrow and could could agree on a deal the same day.

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