In the quarter of the year that ended on the 29th of December, 2013 - the financial quarter, that is - Qualcomm reported this week that they'd pulled in record numbers. Record quarterly revenues, MSM chip shipments, and device sales reported by licensees, each of them higher than Qualcomm had ever seen for this particular quarter any year previous. This stacks up well with a quarterly revenue of $6.62 billion USD - that's up 2% compared to the quarter before this one and up 10% year-over-year.
Today it would appear that a rather unforeseen set of events has led Lenovo to be appearing to purchase Motorola Mobility from Google. This sort of buy would be a major one - larger perhaps, even, than the news in 2011 that Google was purchasing Motorola in the first place. The deal is said to be worth between $2- and $3-billion USD and is being tipped now by multiple independent sources.
UPDATE: It's official.
Today Microsoft announced that they'd be buying the Gears of War franchise, moving it to their own developer studios for further work on their own platforms from here on out. Lead designer Cliff Bleszinski, of the first three titles in the franchise, spoke up this afternoon on his experience with this purchase, made all the more interesting due to the fact that he hasn't worked with the games since the release of Gears of War 3.
AOL has announced plans to acquire Gravity, the Internet personalization company behind the Interest Graph. The move comes at a time when Yahoo has made efforts to move into the personalized Internet sphere, and according to AOL's CEO Tim Armstrong, "will reshape how consumers get information and services."
This afternoon Qualcomm has announced that they will acquire all of HP's remaining Palm-related patents. They will also be acquiring from Hewlett-Packard a number of other patents in the mobile sector, including those under the titles' iPAQ and Bitphone. This purchase will apparently also include both patents and patent applications.
This week the folks at Nest Labs, Inc. have spoken up on Google's intentions to buy the smaller company outright. Google will be dropping $3.2 billion USD in cash to acquire Nest, bringing the company's work with the Nest Learning Thermostat into the larger group's fold. This acquisition will have Nest continuing to operate with Tony Fadell as its CEO and will continue to work with "its own distinct brand identity."
Facebook, which has been on the receiving end of a couple lawsuits in the past couple weeks, has acquired the startup Branch Media, the company at the helm of Potluck and similarly-named Branch. This particular acquisition, according to a Facebook spokesperson, was to bring in Branch Media's talent, and though the social network hasn't stated as much, word has it from sources that spoke to The Verge that $15 million was dropped on the startup.