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Google buys offline photo-sharing app Odysee

Google buys offline photo-sharing app Odysee

Detractors of Google’s social layer, Google+, can agree that its one redeeming quality is photo storage and sharing, where Google has done an incredibly good job of making sure your media looks good, and is easily accessible. To that point, Google has acquired Odysee, an iOS and Android app that has some interesting features for private photo sharing. The team at Odysee, in announcing the acquisition, also say they’re joining the Google+ team.

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SEC investigating Samsung, BlackBerry takeover rumor

SEC investigating Samsung, BlackBerry takeover rumor

Remember that rumor about Samsung buying BlackBerry? It sounded logical enough, and caused quite the stir. Many rushed to get in front of a camera or slap an editorial out about why it was such a great deal for everyone (or not), and we all started thinking about what it could mean moving forward. The problem was — it wasn’t true. The rumor was just that, but it had ramifications. Stock prices soared for both companies, and now the SEC is investigating.

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Google snaps up Launchpad Toys, liberates its apps

Google snaps up Launchpad Toys, liberates its apps

Google has acquired the kids-centric company Launchpad Toys, the latter company has announced. Google has confirmed the acquisition, but neither have given any details about what Google paid for the service. This shows an increased push on Google's part to provide more content for younger users, and comes with a certain big perk for Toontastic users in particular: that storytelling tool is now available for free, having previously been a for-pay offering, a change already reflected on the App Store.

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Verizon sells three states’ worth of FIOS to Frontier

Verizon sells three states’ worth of FIOS to Frontier

In a $10.5 billion deal, Verizon just sold three states’ worth of wireline subscribers to Frontier. Customers in California, Texas, and Florida will soon be Frontier customers, rather than Verizon FIOS users. Via their announcement, Verizon says “at the end of fourth-quarter 2014, these operations served approximately 3.7 million voice connections; approximately 2.2 million high-speed data customers, including approximately 1.6 million FiOS Internet customers; and approximately 1.2 million FiOS Video customers.” Verizon’s reason for selling? To focus on the East Coast.

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Microsoft reportedly bought calendar app Sunrise

Microsoft reportedly bought calendar app Sunrise

Microsoft is doing what most large tech companies do: they’re acquiring others to make their own services stronger. Today, Microsoft has apparently purchased Sunrise, the company who makes a calendar app of the same name, for north of $100 million. A cross-platform service, Sunrise does what any good calendar app does in merging your disparate profiles into one easy to manage schedule of events. Sunrise also links to various other services like Facebook, where your events will show up in your main calendar.

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Sony Online Entertainment to go independent in sale to investment firm

Sony Online Entertainment to go independent in sale to investment firm

Today, Sony Online Entertainment announces they’ve been acquired by Columbus Nova, an investment management firm. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, though it does mean Sony Online Entertainment will become an independent entity. According to a blog post by a community relations representative from SOE, “It will be business as usual and all SOE games will continue on their current path of development and operation. In fact, we expect to have even more resources available to us as a result of this acquisition.”

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Jay-Z getting into streaming music with Aspiro bid

Jay-Z getting into streaming music with Aspiro bid

In a $56 million deal, rapper and entrepreneur Shawn Carter (you know, Jay Z) is getting into the streaming music business. Via Project Panther Bidco Ltd, which is owned by Shawn Carter LLC, H.O.V.A. is trying to buy Aspiro, the Swedish streaming company behind WiMP and Tidal. The WiMP service is only available in various spots throughout Eastern Europe (mainly Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Poland, and Germany), but Tidal is available in the US and UK. Aspiro’s board is unanimously recommending the deal to shareholders.

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Dropbox acquires Pixelapse for its “experiences”

Dropbox acquires Pixelapse for its “experiences”

Dropbox has acquired Pixelapse, a service for creatives to collaborate with each other or manage their tasks. Unlike some recent acquisitions, this is not having any immediate effect on Pixelapse's service, with the company remaining open to new sign-ups and continuing to support current users. Says the company, the service's workflow and collaboration "experiences" will be ported over to the core Dropbox product over the next year or so. This is the latest of many acquisitions the company has made.

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Expedia acquires Travelocity as Orbitz looks for a buyer

Expedia acquires Travelocity as Orbitz looks for a buyer

Your options for online travel booking may be dwindling. Today, Expedia has closed a $280 million to buy Travelocity from parent company Sabre. The deal was likely to happen at some point, as Expedia’s technology was already powering Travelocity’s search n the US and Canada. Expedia’s Chief Executive Officer Dara Khosrowshahi said “Evolving this relationship strengthens the Expedia family’s ability to continue to innovate and deliver the very best travel experiences to the widest set of travelers, all over the world”.

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Dropbox acquires CloudOn in talent grab

Dropbox acquires CloudOn in talent grab

CloudOn has been acquired by Dropbox, the company has announced. It appears this was a talent grab, and under the acquisition -- the terms of which having not been revealed -- the cloud storage service will bring in 30+ new employees, as well as CloudOn's Israeli office. That latter office will be used by Dropbox as part of its hiring in the nation, the company's product, business, and mobile lead said in an interview recently. This is the latest of many acquisitions on Dropbox's part.

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