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Facebook hires new designers; is an overhaul coming?

Facebook hires new designers; is an overhaul coming?

Facebook has made another interesting move today, hiring away much of the design team from Teehan + Lax, who are responsible for the popular blogging platform Medium as well as Readability. The move is not an acquihire, as Teehan + Lux the firm isn’t rolling into Facebook. Some team members are, though, so it’s an odd hire-then-shutter scenario. It’s a great day for Facebook, who have hired in some talented designers. It could also be a banner day for you, and could signal a redesign is in-store for Facebook.

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Report: Samsung wants to buy BlackBerry for $7.5 billion [Update]

Report: Samsung wants to buy BlackBerry for $7.5 billion [Update]

Samsung, who have seen their troubles mount of late, are reportedly in talks to buy blackBerry, who have a storied history of their own. The deal is worth up to $7.5 billion, and will give Samsung access to BlackBerry’s patent portfolio. Sources are indicating BlackBerry’s impressive patent portfolio is what Samsung is seeking, not necessarily a wholesale buyout and operational takeover. The buyout is reportedly on the table for $13.35 to $15.49 per share, or 38-60% over what BlackBerry currently trades at.

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Comcast, Time Warner Cable hit with acquisition review delay

Comcast, Time Warner Cable hit with acquisition review delay

The Comcast and Time Warner Cable merger has hit another snag, with the Federal Communications Commission reporting that Time Warner had held back over 7,000 documents. The FCC discovered the issue some time this month, with the reason said to have been caused by "an inappropriate claim of attorney-client privilege." After realizing 7,000 or so documents were withheld, the FCC then discovered Time Warner had also experienced a "vendor error" that resulted in failure to provide more than 31,000 documents.

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BT may buy EE as O2 takes a knee

BT may buy EE as O2 takes a knee

It may be time for BT Group - British Telecom - to ready their purchase purse for EE. This deal is being reported by BT itself, suggesting that they've not yet reached a final agreement, but that they're certainly aiming for EE and not O2 as previously reported. It'd be strange, after all, if BT bought O2 as it sold the company to Telefonica just 10 short years ago - of course they'd be buying a big hunk of Telefonica then instead, if they did decide to do so.

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Microsoft acquires HockeyApp – not what you think it is

Microsoft acquires HockeyApp – not what you think it is

The acquisition team at Microsoft have made known their purchase of HockeyApp, a group that creates a testing grounds for apps. Mobile developers are able to launch HockeyApp in iOS, Android, or Windows Phone then launch their app, testing out its flaws in the process. Microsoft will be taking HockeyApp as it exists today offline, integrating this simple system into Visual Studio, their suite of tools for development of content for all manner of devices, mobile or otherwise. Financial terms have not been discussed.

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Microsoft acquires Acompli: like Office for email

Microsoft acquires Acompli: like Office for email

This week the folks at Microsoft have announced that they've acquired Acompli. This company is one that focuses on email, specifically in the mobile universe. They suggest that because "more than half" of the emails you read are read on mobile devices first, that they demand a better experience on the go. To make a better experience, Microsoft decided they needed a new team to add to their already accomplished team of email app-makers. This is Acompli, and it's coming to more platforms than one.

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Rumor: Twitter wants to buy selfie-sharing app Shots

Rumor: Twitter wants to buy selfie-sharing app Shots

Not too long ago, Twitter CFO Anthony Noto had quite the social media fail. Rather than a Direct Message, he tweeted that Twitter should “buy them”, and that a meeting was scheduled for December 15 or 16. He also has a plan on selling whoever they’re meeting with on selling. Quickly, curiosity got the better of us all, and we wondered who Twitter would be trying to snap up. Another advertising arm? It seems Twitter is about to take a shot at buying Shots.

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Google acquires Relative Wave: visually-inclined tool-makers

Google acquires Relative Wave: visually-inclined tool-makers

The folks at Relative Wave are creators. They're making it easier for software developers to see what their apps will look and act like before they create a final design. With their tools, creators can visualize what they're making for a smartphone ON the smartphone, rather than on a PC. When you edit something in their system, "Flow", you see it change in real-time on the smartphone you're prototyping on. Google just acquired this company, and they've made their software free for download for Mac users in the process.

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FCC asks AT&T to prove why they’re stalling on fiber

FCC asks AT&T to prove why they’re stalling on fiber

In response to the net neutrality kerfuffle currently being debated and discussed, the FCC is all ears to all sides. They are not, however, open to tactical positioning. In response to the yet-unresolved condition of reclassification for ISPs, which would provide the FCC with additional oversight, AT&T announced they would hold off on investing domestically, including their rollout of fiber-optic cable. Now, the FCC wants to know why AT&T is being pragmatic, and wants them to prove their point.

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Report: Hasbro might acquire DreamWorks Animation

Report: Hasbro might acquire DreamWorks Animation

Hasbro is looking to acquire DreamWorks Animation, according to sources that spoke with the New York Times. Talk between the companies is said to be "advanced", but the sources say that nothing is concrete yet and it might still come to nothing. If the acquisition does pan out, however, it would see Hasbro's product lines open to a new level of feature film possibilities, and DreamWorks Animation would have numerous options for future projects. This follows news in September claiming Softbank was looking to acquire the company.

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