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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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We finally know why T-Mobile is always up for sale

We finally know why T-Mobile is always up for sale

T-Mobile’s Uncarrier approach is certainly exciting, and it’s given customers plenty of reason to drop that other carrier they may be on and give T-Mobile a shot. Still, quarter after quarter, T-Mobile talks up their growing customer base while reporting financial losses. Long-term, they may be in good shape. Their growth pattern may take years to result in reliable earnings, though. Parent company Deutsche Telekom has T-Mobile up for grabs, and now we know why: the Uncarrier isn’t meant as a standalone entity.

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Google may buy Softcard, use patents for Google Wallet

Google may buy Softcard, use patents for Google Wallet

Google Wallet was an early lesson in mobile payments. You could even say it’s where Apple learned how to make Apple Pay so good. In the early days of Wallet, a challenge came from carriers who wanted a piece of the mobile payment pie. That scheme was called Isis, later re-named to Softcard to distance the service from Middle East politics. Softcard was integral in freezing Wallet out on your Android phone, but the tides may be turning; a new report says Google is looking to buy Softcard.

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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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