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Start-ups warned over “acqui-hire” trend following Facebook’s latest purchase

7:49PM | Monday, 16 July 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Start-ups need to “recognise the tradeoffs” with regard to acqui-hires, according to tech start-up expert Mick Liubinskas, after Facebook snapped up the team behind mobile content-caching start-up Spool.

Aussie tech start-up 5th Finger acquired by US giant Merkle

7:09PM | Thursday, 12 July 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Australian-founded mobile solutions provider 5th Finger has been acquired by customer relationship management firm Merkle, five years after relocating from Sydney to the US. snaps up Canadian site in global growth strategy

7:40PM | Tuesday, 10 July 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Australian start-up success story has added another company to its portfolio, acquiring Canadian freelance marketplace Scriptlance, as it seeks to enhance its global presence.

News Limited-backed SportingPulse acquires BellvueIT

7:20PM | Wednesday, 4 July 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Community sporting network SportingPulse, which is now majority-owned by News Limited, has acquired content management system BellvueIT.

APN kicks off investment deal in fledgling start-up MyTeamDeals

6:00AM | Friday, 29 June 2012 | Oliver Milman

APN News & Media has continued its start-up investment spree by taking a sizeable stake in MyTeamDeals, a group buying platform for sporting clubs that was only launched at the start of the year.

Know what your company is worth

6:38PM | Tuesday, 26 June 2012 | Taskmaster

If someone knocked on your door with an offer to buy your business, what would you tell them? Would you know if they offered you a fair price?

Microsoft’s $1.2 billion Yammer purchase hints at acquisition strategy

6:20PM | Tuesday, 26 June 2012 | Michelle Hammond

US-based start-up Yammer will join the Microsoft's Office division after being acquired for $1.2 billion by the tech giant.

Business Switch takes 5% equity stake in Asian start-up

6:52PM | Friday, 22 June 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Sydney-based company Business Switch says small businesses should consider investments as a way to enter foreign markets, after the company took a 5% equity stake in a Hong Kong start-up.

Google acquires social platform start-up Meebo

6:56PM | Tuesday, 5 June 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Google appears more determined than ever to boost the profile of Google+, after acquiring Silicon Valley start-up Meebo, which the search giant described as a “great fit” for its fledgling social network.

DealsDirect flags further acquisitions under new CEO

6:36PM | Monday, 4 June 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Online department store DealsDirect has flagged further start-up acquisitions, after appointing former Centrebet boss Michael McRitchie as its new chief executive, with Linda Barrett named as head of buying.

OzSale acquires market competitor Buyinvite

6:20PM | Monday, 4 June 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Australian online shopping club has acquired market competitor for an undisclosed sum, as it ramps up its operations both here and overseas.

Facebook set for two further start-up acquisitions

5:39PM | Wednesday, 30 May 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Facebook’s disappointing debut on the Nasdaq doesn’t appear to have dampened the company’s spirits, with reports circulating the social media giant is about to make two more acquisitions.

Facebook’s disappointing IPO followed by good Karma

5:55PM | Monday, 21 May 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Facebook has acquired US-based mobile commerce start-up Karma for an undisclosed sum, after raising $US16 billion from its much-anticipated IPO, valuing the company at $US104 billion.

LinkedIn snaps up content-sharing platform SlideShare for $119 million

5:12PM | Friday, 4 May 2012 | Michelle Hammond

LinkedIn has acquired professional content-sharing platform SlideShare for $119 million, in a deal that will enable its users to utilise SlideShare’s popular presentations feature.

Kleenit swoops for Graffiti Gone as franchise acquisitions heat up

5:44PM | Wednesday, 2 May 2012 | Michelle Hammond

The franchising sector can expect to see more mergers and acquisitions as smaller franchises struggle to remain profitable, an expert says, after Kleenit acquired competitor Graffiti Gone.

Instagram acquisition prompts user backlash

4:22PM | Tuesday, 10 April 2012 | Michelle Hammond

The founders of Instagram are “psyched” to be joining Facebook in a $US1 billion deal, but the backlash from users has highlighted the drawbacks of being acquired by an industry giant.

To build or buy, that’s the question

4:42PM | Tuesday, 3 April 2012 | Greg Hayes

So you want your own business? The first thing you have to do is decide if you want to build it or buy it. BY GREG HAYES.

Blackboard acquires Adelaide-based eLearning company NetSpot

3:01PM | Tuesday, 27 March 2012 | Michelle Hammond

US-based enterprise software company Blackboard Inc. has acquired Adelaide company NetSpot for an undisclosed sum, but NetSpot will continue to operate independently.

Revealed: Australia Post hitting SMEs with 3.8% increase for sending parcels and bulk mail

3:57PM | Monday, 26 March 2012 | Patrick Stafford

Australia Post is preparing to raise the cost of sending bulk mail and parcels by 3.8%, with some retailers saying the changes are being introduced during the middle of existing contract terms.

Gaming boom fuelling $3 billion global virtual economy: Report

3:08PM | Tuesday, 20 March 2012 | Michelle Hammond

A World Bank report has shed new light on the world’s multibillion dollar virtual economy, which is being driven by a new breed of entrepreneur that makes a living playing video games.