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If you trust Google now, Xively will be great

If you trust Google now, Xively will be great

Google announced their intention to acquire IoT platform Xively this week, aiming for a new layer of value in their connected future. If you trust Google, this announcement was a bit of good news. Xively may give Google the technology and knowhow to bring their fully connected smart home to life for millions of users around the world. It could be great.

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Qualcomm board unanimously rejects Broadcom final $121B bid

Qualcomm board unanimously rejects Broadcom final $121B bid

The most popular mobile chip maker isn't exactly swimming in dough. In fact, it's in danger of losing a number of high-profile lawsuits in a couple of markets. But it's not desperate yet, at least not to the point of accepting Broadcom's best and, according to the latter, final offer to buy it. In a rather strongly-worded announcement and letter, Qualcomm announces that its board has unanimously rejected Broadcom's higher offer amounting to a hefty $121 billion .

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Qualcomm smacks down Broadcom takeover bid

Qualcomm smacks down Broadcom takeover bid

Last week, Broadcom announced its intent to purchase massive mobile chip maker Qualcomm. At the time, Broadcom said that it was prepared to offer as much as $130 billion dollars to take control of Qualcomm. That's no small amount of money, and it would have ranked as the tech industry's largest acquisition ever.

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EA buys Titanfall dev Respawn, surprising absolutely no one

EA buys Titanfall dev Respawn, surprising absolutely no one

It probably won't come as much of a shock to hear that Electronic Arts plans to buy Respawn Entertainment. Respawn, after all, is the developer behind one of EA's more popular franchises, Titanfall, and it's currently working on a new Star Wars game, making it a prime target for acquisition. At the same time, it probably isn't surprising to hear that some Respawn fans are a little bit uneasy about this new merger.

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You should absolutely be worried about the AT&T Time Warner deal

You should absolutely be worried about the AT&T Time Warner deal

It's been quite some time since we heard about AT&T's planned acquisition of Time Warner, but today the deal is forcing its way back into the spotlight. As it turns out, there might be some strife between AT&T and US regulators when it comes to the merger. That much should hardly be surprisingly, as Time Warner and AT&T are two already monolithic companies, so having the two in talks to become one would definitely get regulators' attention.

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Apple just bought the tech to flatten the iPhone’s camera bump

Apple just bought the tech to flatten the iPhone’s camera bump

As the competition to provide the best smartphone camera gets even more heated, Apple has made a key acquisition that could give it an edge in the battle. We're learning today that Apple has acquired a company named InVisage Technologies. While that name may not be instantly familiar, the technology InVisage has been developed could not only give iPhone and iPad cameras a big boost in quality, but it could also get rid of those unsightly camera bumps we've been dealing with ever since the launch of the iPhone 6.

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Broadcom exploring purchase of Qualcomm for $100B

Broadcom exploring purchase of Qualcomm for $100B

We could soon be looking at the largest ever technology acquisition, in addition to an even smaller number of mobile chip suppliers in the market. Broadcom is reportedly in talks to buy Qualcomm — both huge chipmakers in their own right — for an estimated $100 billion. While the two companies have faced off in various patent battles over the last few years, it appears their overlapping businesses, not to mention a potentially rough future for Qualcomm, have prompted acquisition discussions.

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Apple proves wireless charging commitment, buys PowerbyProxi

Apple proves wireless charging commitment, buys PowerbyProxi

Although late to the game, Apple very well has the chance to be the one that makes wireless charging truly ubiquitous and widely accepted. That is, if it renege its current position on the technology. At least for now, that doesn’t seem to be the case, especially after it made what could be a sizable investment in PowerbyProxi. The New Zealand company is best known for its work in delivering high-power wireless charging, which could hint at Apple’s own wireless charging plans for the near future.

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August Home was just purchased by the world’s biggest lock maker

August Home was just purchased by the world’s biggest lock maker

Assa Abloy announced today that it plans to purchase smart lock manufacturer August Home. Though Assa Abloy might not be a familiar name to some, one of the companies it owns will be: Yale. It would appear that August Home is going to be in good company once it joins Assa Abloy's portfolio.

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SoftBank’s Uber investment could be unexpectedly close

SoftBank’s Uber investment could be unexpectedly close

One of SoftBank's favorite pastimes seems to be buying up other companies, so it's not really much of a surprise to hear that it might be close to striking a deal with Uber. This doesn't appear to be a Sprint-scale buyout, where SoftBank is looking to acquire a majority stake in Uber. Instead, it could own as much as 20% of the company by the time everything is said and done.

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Facebook acquires tbh, a teen messaging app for compliments

Facebook acquires tbh, a teen messaging app for compliments

The teen-centric app 'tbh' has been acquired by Facebook, the company announced in a statement today. The acquisition marks a big success for the tbh team, and highlights Facebook's own attempts at targeting the youngest tech users. While the core Facebook social platform has been losing teenage users for years, others like tbh have been flourishing.

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Apple just bought tech to make your iPhone an art critic

Apple just bought tech to make your iPhone an art critic

Every once in a while, we'll hear about Apple buying up a company few have heard of. Today is one of those days, as it's been revealed that Apple has purchased a small company called Regaind. As always, Apple is hesitant to comment on why a certain company attracted its attention or what it plans to do with that company's technology, but once you hear what Regaind was working on, Apple's interest should become immediately clear.

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