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Activision Blizzard is now the proud owner of Candy Crush

Activision Blizzard is now the proud owner of Candy Crush

It seems that there is a new gaming empire on the rise. Activision who, thanks to its acquisition of Blizzard in 2008, now owns hit titles such as Call of Duty, Warcraft, StarCraft, Guitar Hero, Skylanders, and, of course, Destiny, is now adding one, or two, more to that list. It has just announced that it is acquiring King Digital Entertainment plc. While that name might not ring a bell, it's game might. It is the maker of Candy Crush Saga, the game that has a massive plummet of productivity worldwide.

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Western Digital to purchase SanDisk for $19B

Western Digital to purchase SanDisk for $19B

It seems the ultimate digital storage products company has just been formed, as Western Digital has announced its acquisition of SanDisk for roughly $19 billion. With its wide range of hard drives and solid state drives (SSD), Western Digital is already the world's largest manufacturer of digital storage items, while SanDisk is seen as the third largest flash memory companies in the world.

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Google acquires panoramic imaging startup Digisfera

Google acquires panoramic imaging startup Digisfera

Digisfera, a company that specializes in panoramic image technology, has been acquired by Google. Digisfera announced the acquisition on its website, and Google has likewise since confirmed that it bought the startup, though it hasn’t disclosed the terms of the acquisition. Says Digisfera, it is “excited” to join Google’s Street View team, hinting at Google’s planned uses for the team.

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Dell confirms purchase of EMC for $67B

Dell confirms purchase of EMC for $67B

A new record for the world's largest technology acquisition has been set today, as computer manufacturer Dell has confirmed the ongoing rumors that it has purchased EMC, a cloud and data storage company, in a deal worth $67 billion. Dell founder Michael Dell is said to serve as CEO and chairman of the combined company. The deal seems to be Dell's attempt at gaining a foothold in the data storage and IT markets, as its consumer computer business has long been on the decline.

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LastPass password manager acquired by LogMeIn

LastPass password manager acquired by LogMeIn

LastPass, the popular password management app available on just about every platform, was acquired by the remote computer access service LogMeIn, the two companies have announced. The deal was made with a purchase price of $125 million, and is said to close in the coming weeks. LogMeIn has already stated that there's no immediate plans to change LastPass as it works today, as the brand and app service will remain.

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Pandora gets into ticket biz with Ticketfly acquisition

Pandora gets into ticket biz with Ticketfly acquisition

Pandora, the Internet radio service, has decided to take things up a notch by acquiring Ticketfly, a competitor to Ticketmaster. Pandora announced the acquisition today, saying it has entered into an agreement to buy the independent company. This could prove to be a good thing for concert-goers of all sorts, not just Pandora users, as ticket sales have long been dominated by Ticketmaster.

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Apple tipped in acquisition of AI software startup VocalIQ

Apple tipped in acquisition of AI software startup VocalIQ

Apple has reportedly bought a UK startup called VocalIQ, which developed artificial intelligence technology that makes it easier for humans and machines to speak to each other using natural (human) dialogue. Assuming it is true, this would be Apple’s third UK acquisition in 2015, and would give it access to technology aimed at bringing about smart talking computers like Iron Man’s Jarvis.

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Airbnb acquires Russian design firm Lapka

Airbnb acquires Russian design firm Lapka

For reasons no one is certain of, Airbnb has acquired a small Russian design firm called Lapka. The Russian company announced the acquisition on its website recently. The studio tasks itself with creating "the most beautiful science ever," according to its website, including "tools for self-care and mind harmony." One example of Lapka's work is a stylish breathalyzer someone can wear around their neck.

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Hisense will soon run Sharp’s TV business in America

Hisense will soon run Sharp’s TV business in America

It isn't just smartphones anymore. Hisense, a popular Chinese appliance and white goods manufacturer, is joining the big leagues when it comes to making and selling high-end TVs in America. But it will do so not through its own power but through buying Sharp's manufacturing plant in Mexico and using its TV brand in both North and South America. With this, Hisense plans to rub shoulders with the likes of Samsung, LG, Sony,and Panasonic, in what is just the latest wave of Chinese brands trying to vie for a piece of the global market.

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German car consortium ready to pay for Nokia’s HERE maps [UPDATE]

German car consortium ready to pay for Nokia’s HERE maps [UPDATE]

If this latest bit is true, Nokia might soon finally be able to unburden itself of yet another business tangential to its new found focus in networking technology. As earlier reported, a consortium of German automobile makers, namely Daimler, BMW, and Audi, are looking into purchasing Nokia's HERE maps business. Now it seems that the ball has started rolling, as the companies are said to have agreed to dole out 2.9 billion EUR, roughly $3.2 billion, to buy out what is probably the third, or even second, most popular map and navigation product in the market.

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Yahoo to acquire social shopping service Polyvore

Yahoo to acquire social shopping service Polyvore

Yahoo is gobbling up businesses, and there’s no sign of that slowing down. The latest among its business deals is an agreement to buy the social shopping website Polyvore. The details of the upcoming acquisition’s financial terms were not given, and the deal is said to be subject to certain unspecified closing conditions. Polyvore’s co-founder Jess Lee praised the deal, saying, “I’m delighted to join Yahoo.” Polyvore's service will keep operating after the Yahoo acquisition goes through.

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Google buys Pixate to ease the pain of designing mobile apps

Google buys Pixate to ease the pain of designing mobile apps

While few will probably contest the technical capabilities of Android, the platform and its apps has traditionally been criticized for its less than pleasant aesthetics. That all changed in the era of Material Design and now Google is taking it one step further. It has just acquired Pixate and its prototyping software of the same name. This adds a new tool to Google's belt of design and development apps and services that make creating mobile apps less of a chore and more of a joy.

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