Archive for category: deals

Yahoo Purchases Self-Destructing Messaging App Blink
/ May 14, 2014 2:36 pm
Yahoo Purchases Self-Destructing Messaging App Blink

TechCrunch reports that Blink, a mobile messaging app that allows users to share self-destructing messages, has been acquired by Yahoo! Blink is the product of Meh Labs, a company launched by ex-Googlers Kevin Stephens and Michelle Norgan. Read More

WSJ: Warner, Universal, Sony Buy Stakes in Music App Shazam
/ May 14, 2014 2:08 pm
WSJ: Warner, Universal, Sony Buy Stakes in Music App Shazam

The WSJ reports that Warner Music Group owner Access Industries, Vivendi’s Universal Music Group and Sony Music Entertainment have each acquired $3 million stakes in Shazam Entertainment, the music-identification app, according to people familiar with the transactions. All of the shares were purchased from a single third-party investor. . Read More

Toy State Expands Radio Controlled-Business with Nikko Acquisition
/ May 13, 2014 12:02 pm
Toy State Expands Radio Controlled-Business with Nikko Acquisition

Toy State, a Norwood-based toy company that started thirty years ago, on Tuesday announced the first acquisitions in its corporate history. In multiple transactions, Toy State has secured the worldwide rights to Nikko, a manufacturer of radio-controlled toys. Read More

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Acquires Channel One News, Expands Digital
/ May 13, 2014 11:56 am
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Acquires Channel One News, Expands Digital

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH), a Boston-based publisher of educational content, on Tuesday announced it has acquired Channel One News, a digital content provider. The acquisition represents HMH’s strategic investment in continued development of digital content for students, teachers and parents across multiple modalities, and will bring significant video and cross-media production capabilities in-house, according to the company. . Read More

Billboard: Apple May Unveil Iovine, Dr. Dre Exec Appointments at June Conference
/ May 12, 2014 3:12 pm
Billboard: Apple May Unveil Iovine, Dr. Dre Exec Appointments at June Conference

Billboard reports that Apple could unveil Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre as its latest recruits at its Worldwide Developers’ Conference in June, according to people familiar with the Beats Electronics acquisition talks. . Read More

Re/code: Why Apple Is Betting Big on Beats: Hardware for Now, Streaming for Later
/ May 9, 2014 5:09 pm
Re/code: Why Apple Is Betting Big on Beats: Hardware for Now, Streaming for Later

Peter Kafka of re/code published a good article on why Apple will likely acquire Beats, describing the possible transaction as essentially two deals in one - one for the consumer electronics arm of Beats and the other for Beats Music, its newly launched streaming music service. . Read More

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The Verge: Apple Reportedly Considering Buying Beats for $3.2 Billion
/ May 8, 2014 3:49 pm
The Verge: Apple Reportedly Considering Buying Beats for $3.2 Billion

The Verge reports that, according to a new report from The Financial Times, Apple is reportedly negotiating the purchase of Beats for $3.2 billion. According to the report the deal would include both Beats Music, the streaming service, as well as the part of the company that produces headphones and speakers. Read More

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