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Apple acquires education startup LearnSprout

Apple acquires education startup LearnSprout

Apple has acquired the education startup LearnSprout, the company has confirmed. LearnSprout offers a simplistic but robust way for schools and educators to monitor their students’ academic performance, and according to its website, thousands of school districts across the United States already use the platform. The acquisition is reportedly to help Apple bolster the educational tools available on its iPad.

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Apple acquires Emotient for AI emotion detection

Apple acquires Emotient for AI emotion detection

This morning it became apparent that Apple had acquired Emotient, an artificial intelligence startup. This startup works with emotion KPIs, meaning they're in the business of watching your face and body to decide how you feel. With that information, Emotient aims to detect attention, engagement, and sentiment. Implications from their public presentation of business suggests that they've been aiming their business at advertisers - as well as other odd product creators on mobile platforms.

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Intel acquires Ascending Technologies for RealSense drone tech boost

Intel acquires Ascending Technologies for RealSense drone tech boost

Today Intel has announced that they'll be acquiring a drone company by the name of Ascending Technologies. This is a small company, just 75 people large, and Intel suggests that they're sending offers to the whole lot to join the company. Intel suggests that they are no discussing product roadmaps or financial terms at this time. Ascending Technologies is a German company that appeared at last year's Intel/Brian Krzanich keynote at CES 2015.

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Activision reportedly buys Major League Gaming in $46M acquisition

Activision reportedly buys Major League Gaming in $46M acquisition

Activision Blizzard, the gaming giant behind the Call of Duty and World of Warcraft franchises, is believed to have purchased Major League Gaming (MLG), the e-sports organization, taking over "substantially all" of its assets in a $46 million acquisition. According to a report from eSports Observer, which says it learned of the deal through documents related to the sale, the deal was approved by MLG's board of directors on December 21st.

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Microsoft nabs Talko to boost Skype ‘innovation’

Microsoft nabs Talko to boost Skype ‘innovation’

Talko has been acquired by Microsoft, the company announced in a statement today. Talko is a self-described business team communications app, and it’s fairly new to the industry, having launched a little over a year ago. According to Talko, it has been acquired to improve Skype and Skype for Business, though precise details about what that means haven't been stated.

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Apple acquires motion capture startup Faceshift

Apple acquires motion capture startup Faceshift

Apple has acquired Faceshift, the startup behind motion capture technology used to capture facial expressions. The tech has been used for theatrical projects, not the least of which is Star Wars, as well as games. How Apple plans to use the technology isn't known, though some speculate it could be part of a virtual reality project. Past rumors claimed that Apple would acquire Faceshift, something the company has only recently confirmed.

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Fossil grabs Misfit to make fashion accessories smarter

Fossil grabs Misfit to make fashion accessories smarter

Just a few weeks ago, fashion brand Fossil unveiled a new series of Q watches, including the Android Wear Q Founder. It seems, however, that that isn't the end of its smart wearable plans. Perhaps inspired by the recent outing of luxury smartwatches, like the TAG Heuer Connected, Fossil has announced its acquisition of Misfit, one of the more known names in the wearable market, particularly in smart fitness bands. By joining forces, Fossil hopes to expand its portfolio to embrace the growing number of wearable devices in the market today.

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Microsoft reveals plan to acquire Secure Islands

Microsoft reveals plan to acquire Secure Islands

Microsoft has announced a plan to acquire Secure Islands, confirming recent rumors that have cropped up. Secure Islands is an Israeli security company offering “advanced information protection solutions,” says Microsoft, and through the acquisition it will help Microsoft business customers secure their sensitive data. Secure Islands is already used by some big name companies for data protection, including Vodafone.

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Google acquires Fly Labs, a photo and video editing startup

Google acquires Fly Labs, a photo and video editing startup

Fly Labs, a video and photo editing startup, has announced that it has been acquired by Google. Says the startup team, they will be joining Google — in particular, Google Photos — in the company’s Mountain View, California headquarters. Exactly what the team will be doing for Google isn’t stated, though they did drop a couple hints, saying among other things, “Google Photos is … a perfect match for what we built at Fly Labs."

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Livescribe fully becomes an Anoto property

Livescribe fully becomes an Anoto property

Despite the prevalence of computers, keyboards, and touch screens, the way of the pen hasn't completely been erased from mankind's culture. It has even found a way back into the digital world, thanks to smartphones and tablets with styluses. With the upcoming arrival of the iPad Pro, that niche space will become even more tighter and the competition for the pen even fiercer. Times like these, it pays to often consolidate your assets and seek allies, which is probably why Livescribe and Anoto are finally becoming one.

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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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