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Microsoft confirms Sunrise acquisition

Microsoft confirms Sunrise acquisition

Earlier this month rumor surfaced that Microsoft had acquired the calendar app Sunrise, something the company has confirmed on its blog today. Says Microsoft, it decided to acquire the app because it thinks "a reinvention in the way people use calendars" on their handsets is needed, and with Sunrise it aims to increase productivity options for mobile users. This follows the company's Acompli acquisition. The terms of the deal weren't revealed, but Microsoft does say it'll be bringing in the Sunrise team.

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Twitter buys startup Niche to pair Vine creators with brands

Twitter buys startup Niche to pair Vine creators with brands

Connecting creators to their audience is a new trend among social websites. Tumblr recently made moves to expose creators to a wider audience, and YouTube is fighting hard to keep homegrown media stars on their service. Facebook is also encouraging stars to go their way ahead of any other mediums, and upstarts like Vessel are trying to steal the show. In an attempt to make themselves relevant to creators 140-characters at a time, Twitter has purchased Niche, which helps pair stars with brands.

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Yelp buys food ordering & delivery service Eat24

Yelp buys food ordering & delivery service Eat24

Back in 2013, Yelp partnered with Eat24 on what seemed like a service for the really lazy. Since then, food ordering and delivery via an app has blossomed, with apps like GrubHub joining in on the food delivery fun. With that, Yelp is announcing they want you to keep your pants off (that will make sense soon, I promise), and have acquired Eat24. The deal is worth $134 million in cash and stock, but it’s not clear if Yelp will work Eat24 into their existing platform, or operate it separately.

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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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