Google aqui-hires deep search engine Kifi to enhance its Spaces group chat app

spaces google Google has made another small acquisition to help it continue building out its latest efforts in social apps. The search and Android giant has hired the team behind Kifi, a startup that was building extensions to collect and search links shared in social apps, as well as provide recommendations for further links — such as this tool, Kifi for Twitter. Terms of the deal are not… Read More

Google acquires Anvato, a media streaming and monetization platform for broadcasters

Anvato-joins-Google-post-graphic-1 Google is getting deeper into the tech side of the video and broadcasting business. The company today announced that it has acquired Anvato, a platform for encoding, editing, publishing and distribution video across platforms. The company says Anvato will join its Cloud Platform team and that Anvato’s technology will complement its efforts “to enable scalable media processing… Read More

Google buys French image recognition startup Moodstocks

DUBLIN, IRELAND - APRIL 19:  (FRANCE OUT) A general view outside the Google European headquarters, on April 19, 2016 in Dublin, Ireland.  (Photo by Vincent Isore/IP3/Getty Images) Two weeks after Twitter acquired Magic Pony to advance its machine learning smarts for improving users’ experience of photos and videos on its platform, Google is following suit. Today, the maker of Android and search giant announced that it has acquired Moodstocks, a startup based out of Paris that develops machine-learning based image recognition technology for smartphones whose APIs… Read More

Five companies considered buying LinkedIn

microsoft linkedin A new SEC filing posted Friday gives more clarity about what led up to Microsoft acquiring LinkedIn for over $26 billion. And they prove that Microsoft wasn’t the only prospective buyer. It shows that the talks between LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner and Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella began on February 16 of this year, just 12 days after the earnings debacle where LinkedIn shares plummeted. And… Read More

So, does anybody want Twitter?

Getty Twitter TC.001 Twitter is in trouble. In a move out of a middle school flag-football game, Microsoft selected LinkedIn to join its team. The sheer size of the transaction has reignited conversations about who will be picked next to join the super special circle of public mega-cap tech companies. Vultures have been circling Twitter for well over a year, but the company has defied all experts who have… Read More

Google Fiber is buying high-speed internet provider Webpass

welcome_to_google_fiber Google Fiber is bulking up its business after it announced a deal to acquire high-speed ISP Webpass, a 13-year-old company that provides an ethernet network for business and residential customers across parts of the U.S.. Read More

CoreOS raises $28M Series B round led by GV

1047673820_b93b65ad27_o CoreOS, the company behind the container-centric CoreOS Linux distribution and Tectonic container management service, today announced that it has raised a $28 million Series B round led by GV, the fund formerly known as Google Ventures. Other investors include Accel, Fuel Capital, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (KPCB) and the Y Combinator Continuity Fund. In total, the company has… Read More

How consolidations will play out in the transportation, food and entertainment industries

togetherclay There has been no shortage of thoughtful articles exploring a bubble in technology. I would argue that the world has already been transformed, and there is no bubble in the purest sense. Instead of massive flameouts that leave everyone burned, I think we are going to see a wave of beneficial consolidation and rationalization in industries that appropriately have seen exceptional venture… Read More

June Oven cooks up $22.5 Million in Series A, delays shipping until the Holidays

June-Intelligent-Oven-hero June, a countertop “smart” oven designed by former Google, Apple and GoPro employees has closed a Series A round of financing for $22.5 million today, led by early stage combination hardware and software investor Eclipse. Previous investors also participated in this round, including Foundry Group, First Round Capital, and Lerer Hippeau Ventures. June is sort of like an… Read More

Google Acquihires Work Chat Startup Pie To Build Engineering Team In Southeast Asia

southeast asia map Google is building its first engineering team devoted to Southeast Asia, and the search giant has gobbled up Pie, a Slack-like team communications app based in Singapore, to kick start things off. Read More
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