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Is Marissa Mayer interested in buying AOL?

Earlier this month at the Sun Valley conference, AOL CEO Tim Armstrong and Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer were spotted at a bar together. The rumor mill went into overdrive with speculation that Yahoo might purchase AOL. As an early investor…

LinkedIn acquires Google Alerts competitor Newsle

LinkedIn on Monday announced they have agreed to purchase Newsle, a startup that specializes in providing alerts anytime someone in your network is mentioned on the web. Terms of the deal were not immediately disclosed.

Google acquires music streaming service Songza

Google has agreed to purchase music streaming service Songza. Terms of the deal weren't disclosed although earlier rumors pegged the purchase price around $15 million. That was before others became interested in the company which likely raised the price considerably.

Oculus VR acquires design company behind Xbox 360 controller, Kinect

Oculus VR has acquired Carbon Design, the company responsible for designing the Xbox 360 controller and the original Kinect. Terms of the deal weren’t disclosed although the two have apparently be working together on multiple unannounced projects for over a…

Priceline agrees to purchase OpenTable for $2.6 billion

Online travel booking site Priceline is getting in the restaurant business. The company on Friday announced they will buy OpenTable for $2.6 billion in cash, agreeing to pay $103 per share – a 46 percent premium over yesterday’s closing price…

IBM acquires virtual assistant software startup Cognea for Watson Group

IBM has agreed to purchase Australian-based virtual assistant software startup Cognea. The company plans to take the software’s capabilities which are currently used to create virtual assistants for enterprise customers and implement it into the Watson cognitive computing platform. …

Twitter reportedly considers SoundCloud acquisition

Twitter’s standalone Music app may have gone bust before even reaching its first birthday, but the company isn’t ready to put its music ambitions in the drawer. After partnering with Billboard on real-time charts using data from the ‘Twitterverse’, their…

Google snaps up restaurant website design company Appetas

In an effort to strengthen its relationship with local businesses and compete with the likes of Yelp, Google made another acquisition yesterday. The Mountain View, California-based company gobbled up Appetas, a startup that helps restaurants build slick-looking websites that integrate…

Sprint to make bid for T-Mobile as early as June

T-Mobile’s reign as the un-carrier may be coming to an abrupt end. Sources close to the matter have told Bloomberg that Sprint is planning to move forward with plans to acquire the disruptive wireless carrier after meeting with banks last…