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    Facebook Finds a Friend in Google Rivalry

    Facebook Finds a Friend in Google Rivalry
    After failing to acquire Twitter last fall, Facebook went shopping for what may be the next best thing. On Aug. 10, Facebook said it had acquired FriendFeed, the Mountain View (Calif.) social aggregation service founded by Google (GOOG) alumni Bret Taylor and Jim Norris in 2008. The deal, which The Wall Street Journal reported to be valued at nearly $50 million ...
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    Electronic Arts Acquires Playfish for $275 million

    Electronic Arts Acquires Playfish for $275 million
    NEW YORK - As its packaged video games business lags, Electronic Arts Inc. has snapped up Playfish Inc., the creator of popular social networking games such as "Who Has the Biggest Brain" and "Pet Society," for $275 million in cash. With the acquisition, EA is diving further into the lucrative world of social online games, which tens of millions of people ...
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    Google Seeks Mobile Web Advertising Domination, Buys AdMob for $750 Million

    Google Seeks Mobile Web Advertising Domination, Buys AdMob for $750 Million
    Search and advertising giant Google has purchased mobile web advertising technology firm AdMob for $750 million in stock. The mobile internet experience on mobile phones and PDAs has been improving rapidly, but mobile web access still suffers from interoperability and usability problems. Part of this is due to the small size of the screens of used, as well as hardware limitations. ...
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    Microsoft Partners with WolframAlpha to Boost Data Results in Bing

    Microsoft Partners with WolframAlpha to Boost Data Results in Bing
    SEATTLE - Microsoft's Bing search service will pull more information and tools from other Web sites as the company tries to distinguish itself as part of its challenge to market leader Google. Traditionally, search engines from Google Inc. and others respond to users' queries by offering links to other sites that Web surfers can go to for information. Microsoft Corp., ...
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    What Does it Mean For You: HP Buys 3Com. Logitech Buys LifeSize. Cisco Launches Host Email.

    What Does it Mean For You: HP Buys 3Com. Logitech Buys LifeSize. Cisco Launches Host Email.
    On Wednesday HP announced it is buying networking company 3Com. On Tuesday, Logitech announced it was buying video conference vendor LifeSize. On Tuesday, Cisco announced it would start providing hosted email services. What do these announcements mean for your business? It means that larger companies must continuously look for ways to expand and provide more and more value to their shareholders ...
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    EBay Sells Part of Skype for $2B

    EBay Sells Part of Skype for $2B
    NEW YORK - EBay Inc. is trading control of the online telecommunications service Skype for about $2 billion, reversing a 2005 acquisition that many analysts considered a head scratcher from the beginning. The company famous for its online marketplace said Tuesday it is selling a 65 percent stake in the business to a group of private investment funds for $1.9 billion ...
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    YouTube Reportedly in Talks to Offer Online Movie Rentals

    YouTube Reportedly in Talks to Offer Online Movie Rentals
    SAN JOSE, Calif. _ YouTube is in talks with some of the major Hollywood studios about allowing the giant video site to rent movies to consumers. YouTube and the studios are still working out the details of the deal, such as what consumers would pay and how soon after films are released in theaters they would be available on the site. ...
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    Intuit Buying Personal Finance Web Site Mint.Com for $170M

    Intuit Buying Personal Finance Web Site Mint.Com for $170M
    Sep. 14 - For nearly two years, one of the biggest names in consumer financial software has listened to a steady drumbeat of rave reviews for a new personal finance tracking service offered by online startup Mint.com. Mountain View-based Intuit responded Monday by announcing it will spend $170 million to buy the upstart company and add its fast-growing service to ...
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    Yahoo CEO Bartz: I Would Have Taken Last Year's Microsoft Offer

    Yahoo CEO Bartz: I Would Have Taken Last Year's Microsoft Offer
    Would Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz have accepted Microsoft's $40 billion-plus takeover offer last year if she had been in charge of the company then? "Sure, do you think I'm stupid?" Bartz said in an interview Thursday on CNBC, the business-news cable channel. Bartz was hired as CEO of the Sunnyvale Internet company in January. The former Autodesk chief executive replaced co-founder ...
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    Google Acquires Carnegie Mellon's Anti-Fraud Tool

    Google Acquires Carnegie Mellon's Anti-Fraud Tool
    PITTSBURGH - Google has acquired a Carnegie Mellon University spin-off that seeks to cut down on spam and fraud at Web sites while digitizing books. ReCAPTCHA offers simple word puzzles that users must solve when registering at a Web site or completing an online purchase. Computers can't decipher the twisted letters and numbers, ensuring that real people and not automated programs ...
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    Twitter Raises 50M in Latest Funding Round, Company Valued at $1B

    Twitter Raises 50M in Latest Funding Round, Company Valued at $1B
    Twitter is one of the fastest growing social networking sites online. The Tweets that users send out with 140 character limits have quickly become one of the most popular social networking platforms around. Reuters reports that Twitter is closing a round of funding that puts a value on the company of a whopping $1 billion. The last round of funding that ...
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    Dell agrees to buy Perot Systems for about $3.9B

    Dell agrees to buy Perot Systems for about $3.9B
    Dell Inc. plans to buy the technology services company Perot Systems Corp. for about $3.9 billion as it tries to expand beyond the PC business and compete more aggressively with Hewlett-Packard Co. -- which also recently bought a tech-services company founded by H. Ross Perot. Dell said it will offer $30 per share in cash for Perot Systems-- a 68 percent ...
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    Oracle's Larry Ellison Says Sun Losing $100 Million a Month

    Oracle's Larry Ellison Says Sun Losing $100 Million a Month
    Sep. 22 - Declaring that Sun Microsystems is losing $100 million a month, Oracle CEO Larry Ellison expressed frustration Monday over an extended European antitrust review that has delayed his plans to acquire the struggling computer maker. But he also told a Silicon Valley audience that he expects the deal will eventually win approval. "The longer this takes, the more ...
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    Apple Acquires Lala, Attempting to Strengthen Online Music

    Apple Acquires Lala, Attempting to Strengthen Online Music
    Over the weekend, Apple confirmed it purchased Lala for an undisclosed amount Apple confirmed it has purchased streaming music site Lala as the company looks to find new ways to enhance its own music catalog services. Lala, which does offer songs for sale, is known for the ability to scan hard drives so it can create an additional music library that ...
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    AT&T: Google Abuses its Power, Manipulates Media

    AT&T: Google Abuses its Power, Manipulates Media
    If there's one thing clear from the Google Voice iPhone debacle, it's that there's no love lost between AT&T and Google. AT&T, to date, is accusing Google of everything from political and news manipulation, to violating net neutrality. The drama surrounding the rejection began shortly after when the Federal Communications Commission opened an inquiry into who was responsible for the rejection ...
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    Microsoft, Google Make Separate Deals with Twitter for Search Access

    Microsoft, Google Make Separate Deals with Twitter for Search Access
    SAN FRANCISCO - Twitter Inc. is selling the rights to mine its communications hotbed to both Internet search leader Google Inc. and Microsoft Corp. in dueling deals that underscore the growing importance of being able to show what's on people's minds at any given moment. The announcements made Wednesday within a three-hour span also represent the latest bit of gamesmanship between ...
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    840 Million Reasons to Celebrate

    840 Million Reasons to Celebrate
    On the heels of Amazon's $840 million acquisition of Zappos.com, Zappos.com CEO Tony Hsieh spoke with Collective-E, a worldwide collective of women entrepreneurs, and some of its members. If you had to explain why you believe Zappos.com has been so successful, what key reasons would you attribute it to? I think it's because of our focus on customer service and company ...
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    Microsoft-Yahoo: A Rival for Google?

    Microsoft-Yahoo: A Rival for Google?
    So Microsoft (MSFT) got its wish. Thanks to a long-awaited deal with Yahoo! (YHOO), the software giant is poised to become the clear No. 2 in the most lucrative Internet market of them all: search. Under the agreement, Yahoo will use Microsoft technology to respond to searches made on Yahoo sites and to serve up the ads that appear alongside the ...
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