If Google buys Twitter, there’s a perfect spot for it in YouTube

google-acquires-twitter If you combined the fastest and slowest types of social media, the result could be both must-see and never-forgotten. YouTube lacks short-form, frequently updated content, but is synonymous with video and that popularity brings in lucrative ads. Twitter is struggling with growth and monetization, but it’s the pulse of the planet, generating tons of real-time content and engagement.… Read More

FreshDirect raises $189 million for grocery delivery

Image of grocery cart full of products in supermarket FreshDirect, a popular online grocery service on the East Coast, is arming itself with $189 million in additional funding.  The round was led by J.P. Morgan Asset Management, with W Capital and AARP Innovation Fund investing as well. The new capital will be used to help FreshDirect build up its “manufacturing capacity” and “open up some new geographies,” according… Read More

Google will acquire Apigee for $625 million

Apigee team at Nasdaq as the company IPOs this morning. Google announced today that it intends to purchase Apigee, an API management platform that went public last year, for $625 million or $17.40 a share. The company, which helps customers build digital products with open APIs, has an impressive customer list including Walgreens, AT&T, Bechtel, Burberry, First Data and Live Nation. In a blog post announcing the deal, Diane Greene,… Read More

Media.net acquired for $900M in mega ad-tech deal

Divyank Turakhia, co-founder and president of Directi, poses for a photograph at the Dublin Web Summit in Dublin, Ireland, on Friday, Oct. 29, 2010. Leaders of some of the world's leading technology companies gathered in Ireland for the Dublin Web Summit Oct. 28-29. Photographer: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg via Getty Images The flow of Chinese capital into foreign ad-tech companies increased this morning with the acquisition of Media.net for $900 million USD. A consortium will be paying cash for the startup with key operation centers in New York City and Dubai. Eventually the company is set to be acquired from the consortium by Miteno Communication Technology, a Chinese tech conglomerate. The transaction is… Read More

Google isn’t safe from Yahoo’s fate

Yahoo has been beaten up in the press for so long that it’s hard to remember how untouchable it once appeared. We’d like to think that Yahoo’s failure has made us wiser, less likely to repeat the same mistakes. We’d like to think that having witnessed Yahoo’s demise, we would be better able to spot a company that was at peak valuation and about to begin a… Read More

Google buys Orbitera, a platform for building marketplaces for cloud software

industrycloud Google today announced another acquisition that will help the company improve how it competes against Amazon’s AWS, Salesforce and Microsoft in the area of enterprise services, and specifically selling enterprise services in the cloud: it has acquired Orbitera, a startup that developed a platform for buying and selling cloud-based software. Terms of the deal have not been disclosed… Read More

LaunchKit team heads to Google and open-sources its tools for helping devs launch their apps

billboard-v7080f20869bc The team behind LaunchKit, a set of tools that helps developers launch their apps, is heading to Google and joining the Developer Product Group. It doesn’t look like LaunchKit’s products are moving over to Google, so the team decided to open-source its products and make them available on GitHub. LaunchKit’s hosted services will be available for the next 12 months. After… Read More

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
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