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Nokia agrees to buy Alcatel-Lucent, hints at HERE musings

Nokia agrees to buy Alcatel-Lucent, hints at HERE musings

It seems that Nokia is one company that can't stay put. Just after being divested of its smartphone, but not tablet, business by Microsoft, the company is on the move again to redefine itself and focus its resources. Once a mobile device company, Nokia now wants to move forward as a network technology company. And to push through its plans, it will be acquiring French rival Alcatel-Lucent. The combined power of the two companies is envisioned, at least by Nokia, to boost R&D on future technologies like 5G, cloud computing, and, of course, the Internet of Things.

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Apple buys LinX for DSLR-quality iPhone & iPad pics

Apple buys LinX for DSLR-quality iPhone & iPad pics

Apple’s iSight camera is already some of (if not the) best camera hardware on a smartphone or tablet. It’s one thing Apple routinely pays attention to, and improves at just about every hardware turn. Now, it seems Apple has purchased an Israeli startup named LinX to further enhance their stock camera hardware, and it could mean big things for your favorite camera or photo editing app. The deal is worth a reported $20 million, though Apple hasn’t exactly announced the deal.

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Apple tipped in Dryft startup acquisition

Apple tipped in Dryft startup acquisition

Apple has acquired Dryft, the startup behind the keyboard apps, at least according to some sleuthing work that has been performed and unnamed sources. If true, it was an exceptionally quiet acquisition, with it being said it seems the acquisition happened in 2014. Apple skirted around confirming the rumor, saying instead its boilerplate response about occasionally buying smaller tech companies -- a canned response many are assuming means "yes" without any explicit confirmation of such. If true, it appears it may have been a talent grab.

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Twitter buys Dev analytics firm tenXer

Twitter buys Dev analytics firm tenXer

Twitter is on a bit of a shopping spree of late. After acquiring Periscope and quickly releasing it wide acclaim, Twitter has acquired tenXer. The startup is/was focussed on improving the workflow for programming teams, and will continue to work from their San Francisco office space. The sign-up page for tenXer is still up, but the company’s GitHub page is gone. According to an email from tenXer founder Jeff Ma, the startup itself will be shuttered, and all work will now happen under the branding of Twitter.

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Facebook acquires TheFind e-commerce site

Facebook acquires TheFind e-commerce site

Facebook has acquired TheFind, an e-commerce search site, it has announced. TheFind revealed the acquisition on its website today, saying that after nine years of hard work it is kicking off its "next chapter" by merging with Facebook, the social network powerhouse that is, apparently, looking to up its advertisements prowess. This comes shortly after a judge ruled Facebook must face a lawsuit related to its refusal to refund purchases made by minors who used their parents banking information.

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Twitter confirms Periscope buy, livestreaming video incoming

Twitter confirms Periscope buy, livestreaming video incoming

Streaming video is about to hit Twitter. Not long ago, a rumor popped up that Twitter had acquired the streaming video company Periscope, which many believed was in response to the quick ascension of Meerkat to the livestreaming ranks. According to a tweet from Periscope today, they’ve been part of Twitter since January, so that can quickly be debunked. After retweeting that tweet, Twitter’s Vice President of Product, Kevin Weil, confirmed the acquisition, saying he “can’t wait for everyone to see what they’ve built”.

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Twitter tipped in Periscope acquisition

Twitter tipped in Periscope acquisition

Twitter has acquired the startup Periscope, according to sources close to the matter. Periscope is behind an app that allows mobile users to stream video from their handset, and it points toward a push on Twitter's part to enable a live-streaming function on its service. Twitter has not yet confirmed the deal, and there's no word on how much, exactly, it paid for the startup, though leaks have it that the deal was finalized weeks ago and is, as of now, completely closed.

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Fitbit buys FitStar, gives your workouts context

Fitbit buys FitStar, gives your workouts context

Fitbit, the only company we know of that actually encourage you to not wear their fitness bands, has acquired FitStar. For now, the two companies will remain separate, FitStar users can publish their workouts to the Fitbit app. Over time, the two will begin using a single Fitbit sign-in, though it’s not clear if FitStar will eventually go away, with its existing services melded into Fitbit. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but TechCrunch is reporting the deal is likely between $25-40 million, cash and stock.

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Uber reveals deCarta mapping startup acquisition

Uber reveals deCarta mapping startup acquisition

Uber has been busy rolling out little perks to riders and drivers, but behind the scenes it has been busy acquiring the startup mapping company deCarta. Word has it the deal will be closing some time later on this week, and with it Uber will score tech related to things like turn-by-turn navigation, mapping, and search. How much Uber paid for the startup service hasn't been revealed, but a spokesperson has said this business move will help it further fine-tune its offerings.

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Samsung buys LoopPay — goes after Google Wallet, Apple Pay

Samsung buys LoopPay — goes after Google Wallet, Apple Pay

Two weeks ago, a report emerged that Samsung was looking to work a mobile payments processor into the Galaxy S6. LoopPay was alleged to be the system Samsung was leaning on. At the time, we collectively logged it into the memory bank as something that was plausible, and smart, but ultimately needed confirmation from Samsung before it was truly believable. Though we obviously don’t know what the Galaxy S6 has in store for us, Samsung just announced they purchased LoopPay.

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Microsoft said to buy Surface Pro 3 stylus maker N-Trig

Microsoft said to buy Surface Pro 3 stylus maker N-Trig

If you thought Microsoft's adoption of N-Trig active digitizer technology in the latest Surface Pro 3 was a one time diversion, this latest rumor would perhaps banish that theory. Microsoft has reportedly fully acquired the Israel-based company, after gaining a 6 percent ownership through an investment back in 2009. Redmond is said to have spent at least $200 million on this purchase, which hints that Microsoft has plans to capitalize on the tech, probably for future iterations of its tablets and maybe even for new types of devices.

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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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