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Microsoft tipped to snap up music start-up Rdio

10:31PM | Thursday, 4 October 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Microsoft is in talks to acquire US-based digital music service Rdio, a start-up created by a co-founder of Skype, it’s been reported.

Facebook acquires founders of Carsabi, but not the start-up itself

10:45PM | Tuesday, 2 October 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Facebook has acqui-hired the founders of Y Combinator start-up Carsabi, who are attempting to sell the service to focus on their new jobs, which could include Facebook’s new “Gifts” feature.

Taxes grind Bean Bar into liquidation as franchisees continue brewing

9:52PM | Friday, 28 September 2012 | Cara Waters

A liquidator has been appointed to the company behind the Bean Bar coffee shop franchise.

Woolworths sells Dick Smith for a bargain basement price

9:32PM | Thursday, 27 September 2012 | Cara Waters

Woolworths has offloaded non-core retail chain Dick Smith to a private equity firm.

Merchants tipped to benefit as eBay buys Svpply.com

9:47PM | Friday, 7 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

eBay sellers are tipped to benefit from eBay’s acquisition of Pinterest-style shopping start-up Svpply.com, with the auction giant insisting the deal will allow it to offer more merchandising options.

When buying is better than starting

9:38PM | Wednesday, 5 September 2012 | Marc Peskett

In some situations, there are important reasons to buy an existing business rather than start a new one. But be warned: There are a few pitfalls to watch out for. BY MARC PESKETT.

The harsh franchise reality check

8:29PM | Monday, 27 August 2012 | Alexandra Cain

Entrepreneurs who invest in a franchise with unrealistic expectations can find themselves in for a nasty surprise. If you’re thinking about becoming a franchisee, here are some key points you must be aware of. BY ALEXANDRA CAIN.

Tech start-up BuzzNumbers snapped up by Sentia Media

8:25PM | Thursday, 23 August 2012 | Oliver Milman

BuzzNumbers, a social media tracking start-up launched by prominent tech scene figure Nick Holmes a Court, has been purchased by Sentia Media.

Retail Food Group posts record profit, swallows former Smart50 entrant Crust Pizza for $24 million

8:01PM | Thursday, 23 August 2012 | Patrick Stafford

Retail Food Group has added another pizza chain to its roster with the purchase of Crust.

The Reading Room looking to open book on expansion, new investment

8:01PM | Monday, 20 August 2012 | Oliver Milman

A small Sydney start-up is looking to break the eBook hegemony of tech giants Apple and Amazon by raising funds and expanding rapidly in Australia, the US and Europe.

OzHut MD Wai Hong Fong steps down, sells stake

8:12PM | Thursday, 9 August 2012 | Oliver Milman

Wai Hong Fong, co-founder of successful online retailer OzHut, has quit as managing director of the company and sold his stake to his former business partner.

99designs ramps up European plans with purchase of German rival 12designer

8:20PM | Wednesday, 8 August 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Australian start-up 99designs has opened the doors of its Berlin office after making its first acquisition in German design marketplace 12designer, one year after raising $35 million.

Mexican entrée for 500 Startups' Latin American main dish

8:12PM | Wednesday, 8 August 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Start-up accelerator 500 Startups will expand its reach after acquiring Latin American accelerator Mexican.VC, but a local expert says it could be a while before something similar happens in Australia.

Pets Paradise problems just beginning for franchisees

8:57PM | Friday, 3 August 2012 | Cara Waters

The appointment of receivers to Pets Paradise this week did not include stores operated by franchisees, but franchising experts warn there are still difficult times ahead for franchisees.

Franchisee hunt starts as Zarraffa’s Coffee takes One for the Road

8:26PM | Thursday, 2 August 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Queensland-based coffee franchise Zarraffa’s Coffee will seek out franchisees for the five drive-thru sites of One for the Road, a WA specialty coffee chain that has been purchased by the company.

What’s your business worth?

8:10PM | Wednesday, 1 August 2012 | Greg Hayes

Keeping in mind the potential value of your business will help you stay on track to building a business that can be sold for a good price. BY GREG HAYES.

Google gobbles up NZ social media start-up Wildfire

8:33PM | Wednesday, 1 August 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Google has acquired New Zealand-founded social media start-up Wildfire for a reported $US250 million, with the start-up expected to help Google expand further into social media.

The start-up dilemma: Sell up or remain solo?

7:57PM | Tuesday, 31 July 2012 | Leon Gettler

What are your options when a big company comes knocking with a nice set of numbers and a contract to sign? It’s a dream for some and a tricky proposition for others. BY LEON GETTLER.

Incubator BlueChilli makes its first start-up acquisition in Vividways

7:00AM | Monday, 30 July 2012 | Oliver Milman

Start-up incubator BlueChilli has made its first full acquisition of a venture, snapping up Vividways, an app designer and developer that specialises in loyalty programs.

Optus set to tuck into start-up scene after $6 million Eatability purchase

7:02PM | Friday, 27 July 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Telecommunications giant Optus is ramping up its involvement in the start-up sector after acquiring Sydney-based food site Eatability for $6 million.

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