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US-based start-up Yammer will join the Microsoft's Office division after being acquired for $1.2 billion by the tech giant.
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 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.
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.
Australian online shopping club OzSale.com.au has acquired market competitor Buyinvite.com.au for an undisclosed sum, as it ramps up its operations both here and overseas.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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US-based enterprise software company Blackboard Inc. has acquired Adelaide company NetSpot for an undisclosed sum, but NetSpot will continue to operate independently.
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.
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.
In its bid to revamp its image from struggling internet portal to dynamic tech business, AOL has a new division that invests in start-ups. Here’s how it works (and what they are looking for).
Australian software giant Atlassian has acquired US-based instant messaging network HipChat for an undisclosed sum.
Melbourne start-up Booki.sh has been acquired by US-based eBook distributor OverDrive for an undisclosed sum, with Booki.sh continuing to operate under its original name.
US group buying giant LivingSocial has acquired Australian start-up Jump On It, one year after taking a 31% stake in the company, in a deal believed to be worth around $40 million.
Retail Food Group’s $30 million acquisition of Pizza Capers will “supercharge” the growth and operations of Pizza Capers’ franchisees, co-founder Anthony Russo says.
Apple has acquired Australian start-up Chomp for around $US50 million but is remaining tight-lipped over what it plans to do with the Chomp app, which is used to search the App Store.