Popular mobile messaging service Viber is set to be acquired by Japanese e-commerce giant Rakuten, the Wall Street Journal reports. The latter s CEO revealed that the deal is worth $900 million and will be the company s first foray into the rapidly growing social messaging platform.
Vodafone is reportedly in talks with the Tata Group to acquire its controlling stake in Tata Teleservices, and become India s largest telcom operator. The Times of India has reported that the Vodafone and Tata Teleservices are in the initial stage of discussions though nothing concrete can be said about the deal.
Back in November last year, much to the disappointment of many, AOL announced that it would be shutting down its legacy music service Winamp. AOL was also said to have been looking for a potential buyer for its Winamp and Shoutcast services, and now it seems it has. According to TechCrunch, Belgium s Radionomy is leading the race to acquire the service.
Continuing with its start-up acquisition spree, Yahoo has reportedly purchased mobile-video app Ptch that was funded by Dream Works Animation for an undisclosed amount. The Ptch iPhone app lets users create montage videos out of clips and photos.
Apple is on a roll as 2013 winds down. Just one week after Apple confirmed that it acquired Israel-based Kinect inventor PrimeSense, the company has acknowledged another small buy. The Wall Street Journal on Monday reported that Apple has acquired Topsy, which bills itself as a social monitoring and analytics company.
Facebook is all set to acquire Little Eye Labs, a Bangalore-based mobile app analysis tools-provider to app developers, Business Standard reports. This will be the social-network giant s first acquisition in India. The news, however, has not yet been confirmed by either company.
After all the rumors surrounding Apple and PrimeSense, the Cupertino-based giant has finally confirmed its acquisition of the Israeli company, which is best known for its 3D sensor technology and powering up Microsoft Kinect. All Things D is claiming that Apple paid $360 million for the acquisition. Recent report by Reuters suggested the deal at $345 million.
Apple has reportedly acquired Primesense, which is an Israel-based chipset maker that specializes in three-dimensional technology and is best known for powering Microsoft's original Xbox 360 Kinect. Reuters reports by sourcing Calcalist financial newspaper that the deal has been finalized for $345 million. It was back in July, when Apple was rumored to be in talks with Primesense for the acquisition and had offered to pay $280 million for the company.
Intel claims that the main aim of its education arm is to make classrooms more interactive and studying fun and engaging. In what is considered as a big step towards in that direction, Intel announced the acquisition of an education startup called Kno. The financial details of the deal though have been kept under the wraps.
Facebook has acquired a startup called Onavo, which is a mobile analytics company based out of Tel Aviv in Israel. The startup announced the acquisition on its website and though the details of the deal were not revealed, according to TechCrunch, the deal is believed to be worth somewhere around $100-$200 million.