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Gears of War Microsoft buy gets original creator blessing

Gears of War Microsoft buy gets original creator blessing

Today Microsoft announced that they'd be buying the Gears of War franchise, moving it to their own developer studios for further work on their own platforms from here on out. Lead designer Cliff Bleszinski, of the first three titles in the franchise, spoke up this afternoon on his experience with this purchase, made all the more interesting due to the fact that he hasn't worked with the games since the release of Gears of War 3.

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Google’s acquisition of AI startup DeepMind reportedly leads to ethics board plans

Google’s acquisition of AI startup DeepMind reportedly leads to ethics board plans

News of Google's acquisition of the artificial intelligence startup DeepMind surfaced yesterday, and following on its heels comes word the Internet giant plans to create an ethics board for the technology. Such a board would be tasked with ensuring AI technology is not abused.

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Google purchases DeepMind to augment its artificial intelligence portfolio

Google purchases DeepMind to augment its artificial intelligence portfolio

Google has just made an acquisition that is somewhat both puzzling and, on further analysis, feels quite natural. It has just bought DeepMind, a startup that focuses on artificial intelligence, for a rumored but unconfirmed amount of $400 million.

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AOL acquires Internet personalization company Gravity

AOL acquires Internet personalization company Gravity

AOL has announced plans to acquire Gravity, the Internet personalization company behind the Interest Graph. The move comes at a time when Yahoo has made efforts to move into the personalized Internet sphere, and according to AOL's CEO Tim Armstrong, "will reshape how consumers get information and services."

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Qualcomm acquires 1,400 Palm, iPAQ, Bitphone patents from HP

Qualcomm acquires 1,400 Palm, iPAQ, Bitphone patents from HP

This afternoon Qualcomm has announced that they will acquire all of HP's remaining Palm-related patents. They will also be acquiring from Hewlett-Packard a number of other patents in the mobile sector, including those under the titles' iPAQ and Bitphone. This purchase will apparently also include both patents and patent applications.

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Google acquiring Nest Labs for smart appliances

Google acquiring Nest Labs for smart appliances

This week the folks at Nest Labs, Inc. have spoken up on Google's intentions to buy the smaller company outright. Google will be dropping $3.2 billion USD in cash to acquire Nest, bringing the company's work with the Nest Learning Thermostat into the larger group's fold. This acquisition will have Nest continuing to operate with Tony Fadell as its CEO and will continue to work with "its own distinct brand identity."

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Facebook acquires startup Branch Media

Facebook acquires startup Branch Media

Facebook, which has been on the receiving end of a couple lawsuits in the past couple weeks, has acquired the startup Branch Media, the company at the helm of Potluck and similarly-named Branch. This particular acquisition, according to a Facebook spokesperson, was to bring in Branch Media's talent, and though the social network hasn't stated as much, word has it from sources that spoke to The Verge that $15 million was dropped on the startup.

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Apple acquires SnappyLabs for quick-shot photography

Apple acquires SnappyLabs for quick-shot photography

This week the folks responsible for picking up companies at Apple have made a purchase - the SnappyLabs group responsible for quick-shot photos in iOS devices. This app was titled “SnappyCam” and can still be accessed for a short time - if you’re rooted. As for the real-deal app on the iTunes App Store, you’ may very well be out of luck. Until Apple incorporates the app’s abilities into their own naive camera app, that is.

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Apple acquisition tips: BroadMap and Catch for notes [UPDATE]

Apple acquisition tips: BroadMap and Catch for notes [UPDATE]

The battle continues between Apple and the rest of the software giants around the world, focusing today on maps and the keeping of notes. Apple has been tipped to acquire two companies as of late, one called BroadMap, focusing on mapping technologies likely aimed at improving the stability and abilities of Apple Maps. The other company tipped to have been acquired by Apple this week is Catch, a note-taking cloud-based ecosystem in competition with Evernote.

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Amazon reportedly acquires startup Gopago amidst “ambitious” project

Amazon reportedly acquires startup Gopago amidst “ambitious” project

A couple of Italian newspapers are reporting that Amazon acquired a mobile payment startup, Gopago, something reportedly taking place amidst work on an "ambitious project". What this project is wasn't detailed, but it reportedly is the basis for Amazon's interest in Gopago -- namely, in the startup's technology. Amazon and Gopago haven't announced the business move, but it seems founder Vincenzo Di Nicola has spoken with Italian newspaper Repubblica.

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Yahoo acquires NLP startup SkyPhrase

Yahoo acquires NLP startup SkyPhrase

Yahoo has acquired yet another company, announcing today that it has purchased SkyPhrase, a startup that has worked on developing a natural language processing technology. Yahoo is keeping mum on most of the details surrounding the acquisition, not the least of which is how much it paid for the company, but it does mention the NLP aspect of SkyPhrase, making it reasonable to assume that is where its focus lies.

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Apple acquires Topsy Labs Inc for Twitter analytics

Apple acquires Topsy Labs Inc for Twitter analytics

Apple would appear to be readying themselves for a full-on Twitter analyzation push if today's suggestion that they've acquired Topsy Labs Inc is true. Apple's own Tim Cook joined Twitter earlier this year while Twitter itself went public just weeks ago, turning in to a publically-traded company and eschewing forth changes that will forever reflect their status as a real-deal board-run business. With Apple appearing to look into Twitter a lot more closely with this buy, it would appear that Twitter has nowhere to go but up.

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