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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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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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