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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.

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.

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.

Airbnb snaps up photoblogging site to fuel mobile expansion

7:16PM | Wednesday, 25 July 2012 | Michelle Hammond

US-based accommodation website Airbnb has “acqui-hired” Y Combinator start-up DailyBooth for an undisclosed sum, in what is believed to be Airbnb’s first acquisition.

Peter Thiel makes first Aussie start-up investment, swoops for ScriptRock

7:00AM | Wednesday, 25 July 2012 | Oliver Milman

PayPal co-founder and Facebook backer Peter Thiel has made his first investment in an Australian company, leading a $1.2 million round for a stake in Sydney tech start-up ScriptRock.

VMware shells out eye-watering $1.26 billion for cloud start-up Nicira

7:53PM | Tuesday, 24 July 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Software giant VMware has acquired Californian cloud start-up Nicira for a staggering $1.26 billion, in a deal that is expected to have major ramifications for technologies in the sector.

Google acquires Apple-inspired start-up to work on Gmail

7:49PM | Monday, 23 July 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Tech giant Google appears increasingly willing to tweak its software to run on arch rival Apple’s hardware, after acquiring a start-up that develops email applications for Apple devices.

PayPal says card.io acquisition won’t affect developers

7:23PM | Wednesday, 18 July 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Online payments provider PayPal has acquired US-based start-up card.io, but insists card.io’s software development kits for iOS and Android will continue to remain available for developers.

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.

Digg reportedly sold to Betaworks for just $500,000

7:42PM | Friday, 13 July 2012 | Patrick Stafford

Digg was once the top dog when it came to news aggregation sites. Its stocks have plummeted dramatically.

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.

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.

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