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Google acquires WIMM Labs for smartwatch finesse

Google acquires WIMM Labs for smartwatch finesse

If you've not heard a lot of chatter out of WIMM Labs over the past few months, there may be a very big reason why: it's been reported today that Google acquired the company as early as a year ago. While it's not immediately apparent why this news has broken just now, GigaOM suggests that staff members at WIMM have just now updated their profiles on LinkedIn to make the change to Google clear. Woodside Capital Partners have also listed a page which suggests they facilitated the acquisition in full.

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Apple acquires AlgoTrim for speedier iPhone data

Apple acquires AlgoTrim for speedier iPhone data

The team behind Apple's acquisitions appear to have picked up another company this week, here with the brand AlgoTrim - a company that makes a mission of compressing data for mobile devices - and perhaps for iOS sooner than later. While the company has been mainly working in Android device software codec for the past several years, they've been in the business since it made sense to work on feature phones - non-smartphones, that is. While they're still being called a "startup" by Rapidus, AlgoTrim has been in business since well before the iPhone.

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Yahoo acquires Rockmelt: apps close shop on August 31

Yahoo acquires Rockmelt: apps close shop on August 31

In its latest in a long line of acquisitions this year, Yahoo has acquired the web browser technology group Rockmelt. While this news does not affect the way that Rockmelt works right this minute as a web browser up for download on multiple platforms, it does spell trouble for those hoping for Rockmelt-centric development in the near future. Instead you'll see technological advancements from this team entering Yahoo environments.

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Yahoo acquires Xobni for address book boost

Yahoo acquires Xobni for address book boost

The folks at Yahoo have made another purchase this week with the group known as Xobni, here aiming for Smarter Contacts in a rather basic way. With this service, Yahoo will expand its current app user base with email and social services, taking expertise from the development team at Xobni for what must be assumed to be their own already-developed apps. This sort of acquisition is one of those made more for the talent, rather than the app the developers have in play.

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Yahoo acquires Qwiki to battle Vine with video sharing

Yahoo acquires Qwiki to battle Vine with video sharing

This week the folks at Quiki have confirmed that they've been acquired by Yahoo, the latter company aiming to make use of the former's video sharing app environment. That said; if you're able to keep track of all the clever names for companies aiming for mobile glory these days, you deserve a gold star. Quiki will make Yahoo a real competitor for top spot in mini-video sharing if they keep with the aim of the original app, that's for certain.

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