Mergers & acquisitions

Wal-Mart Buys Ad Targeter OneRiot

WalMart may be better known for its great savings for shoppers, but it’s also becoming known for its acquisitions of online advertising comp…

M&A In Q1: Deal Values Are Rising

The media investment banks Petsky Prunier and The Jordan, Edmiston Group, Inc. have issued their dueling M&A tallies for Q1 and disagree on…

AOL Buys Social Profile Startup About.me

Continuing with its strategy of making a series of small-scale acquisitons, AOL (NYSE: AOL) has bought up About.me, a startup that lets user…

Yahoo M&A Chief Siegel Reportedly Out

Andrew Siegel, a former GE executive who joined Yahoo as its M&A chief last October, is now apparently leaving the company. Yahoo (NSDQ: YHO…

AOL’s Interest In Yahoo Advances — A Bit

The last we heard about Yahoo possibly being in play, there was talk that AOL (NYSE: AOL) might be interested. That interest apparently has…

Specific Media Buys Video Ad Net BBE

Online ad firm Specific Media has acquired video ad net BBE (fka Broadband Enterprises), MediaMemo reports, citing unidentified sources. The…

An AOL and Yahoo Merger: Failure Squared?

AOL’s reported interest in merging with Yahoo seems more like a desperation move or a Hail Mary pass than any kind of coherent strategy for success on the part of either company. Neither has shown any evidence that it understands the new realities of the web.

PE Firm Buys Internet Brands For $640 Million

PE firm Hellman and Friedman is buying Internet Brands, which owns a portfolio of more than 100 websites, including ApartmentRatings.com and…

What Search Verticals Will Google Target Next?

One takeaway from Google’s purchase this week of travel search technology provider ITA Software is that the company believes there is a need…

BuzzMedia Buys Three More Entertainment Sites

Online pop-culture publisher BuzzMedia is back in expansion mode with the purchases of three entertainment sites and new partnerships with t…

Done Deal: Google Closes AdMob Buy

Nearly eight months after saying it would buy mobile ad network AdMob for $750 million in stock, Google (NSDQ: GOOG) has finally closed the…

Playdom Adds Merscom To Its Shopping Cart

After Google (NSDQ: GOOG), social gaming startup Playdom may just be the busiest internet company shopper right now. The company just made i…

Warner Bros. Buys Online Game Firm Turbine

Time (NYSE: TWX) Warner’s Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group is buying Turbine Inc., the heavily-backed massively-mulitplayer online gami…

Rethinking Deals In The Online Ad Space

IAB recently gave a rosy update on the online advertising market for 2010 and beyond. Among the topline numbers, in Q409, the industry was b…

Leap Wireless Looks Into Sale or Merger

Leap Wireless, which sells discounted wireless service under the Cricket brand, has hired Goldman Sachs and has formed a special committee t…

Mobile Ad Firm Amobee Buys RingRing Media

Yet more consolidation in the mobile advertising space, albeit a bit smaller than the two deals announced between Google/Admob and Apple/Qua…

Confirmed: Apple Buys Quattro Wireless

Apple (NSDQ: AAPL) has finally confirmed rampant reports that it is buying up mobile ad network Quattro Wireless. In a short blog post, Quat…

Yahoo Acknowledges It Might Shut Down MyBlogLog

Doesn’t look like Yahoo (NSDQ: YHOO) is done eliminating “non-core” services quite yet. The company says it is considering shutting down MyB…

More Delays For Google In Bid To Buy On2

On2, the video technology company being sold to Google (NSDQ: GOOG), wants to delay a vote on Google’s offer for the second time in as many…

Chess.com Buys Rival Chesspark

Chess community Chess.com has bought some assets of rival Chesspark, which had been on the brink of shutting down. Chess.com says it has pic…

Google’s Shopping List Grows Even Longer

Over the last six weeks, Google (NSDQ: GOOG) has bought up four startups — and the company’s holiday shopping spree is showing no signs of…

Apple Confirms Purchase Of LaLa

Apple (NSDQ: AAPL) is now confirming that it has indeed purchased music site LaLa. The company tells multiple outlets, including CNET and ID…

Apple Making A Play For Music Site LaLa?

Apple (NSDQ: AAPL) is in discussions to buy music site LaLa, Bloomberg reports, citing unidentified sources. There were no details about wha…

Google Buys AppJet To Boost Google Wave

Google (NSDQ: GOOG) is continuing on with its recent shopping spree: The company has bought up AppJet, the startup behind the EtherPad onlin…

Google Buys Display Ad Startup Teracent

Google (NSDQ: GOOG) is on a shopping spree. The company just announced it is purchasing Teracent, a startup which sells machine learning te…

Yahoo Hires GE Exec As New M&A Chief

Updated: Yahoo (NSDQ: YHOO) has hired former General Electric (NYSE: GE) executive Andrew Siegel as its new head of mergers and acquisitions…

Motionbox Buys Video Sharing Site Viddyou

Motionbox has purchased rival video sharing site Viddyou. Financial details were not released, although Motionbox is substantially larger th…

Will Microsoft Make A Bid For Omniture?

Omniture’s stock is trading above Adobe’s $21.50 offer price, so the expectation seems to be that either Adobe (NSDQ: ADBE) will up its bid…

Google Buys reCAPTCHA To Aid Book Digitization

Google (NSDQ: GOOG) has purchased reCAPTCHA, a company that creates automated messages — or “captchas” — that users type to prove that the…

SEC Watch: The Story Of Google's Offer For On2

An SEC filing includes the backstory of Google’s controversial offer to buy video compression firm On2 Technologies. Several groups of On2 s…

Adobe Buys Omniture For $1.8 Billion

Audience measurement/analytics has been one of the few areas where companies have been able to hold out for high M&A prices. The latest exam…

WordPress Parent Buys Spell Checker Plug-In

Yet another small purchase for Automattic. The parent of the WordPress blogging platform has bought up After the Deadline, a startup behind…

TheFind Buys Fashion Discount Hunter iStorez

Shopping search and recommendation site TheFind is doing some buying of its own: It’s acquiring iStorez, a site that culls retailers’ coupon…

Delivery.com Buys Eats.com Owner Eats Media

Online food ordering service Delivery.com has purchased Eats Media, owner of restaurant portal and social networking site Eats.com. Financia…

Microsoft-Yahoo Deal Talks History In Links

It all started before the market opened on a Friday in February 2008, or at least that’s when all hell broke loose for us journalists. Over…

ZeniMax Buys Game Developer id Software

ZeniMax Media has purchased id Software, the studio behind games like Doom, Quake, and Wolfenstein, creating a company with a portfolio of t…

Developer Fantzer Acquires App Maker Mustache

New media developer Fanzter, which runs the celebrity, style and entertainment platform Coolspotters, has acquired iPhone app creator Mustac…

Digital Marketer Sapient To Buy Nitro Group

Acquisitions of ad networks have ground to a halt in the past year. But Sapient still wants to do some shopping. The digital-marketing firm…

Inside Microsoft’s M&A Strategy

Here’s what the CFO of Microsoft (NSDQ: MSFT) says the company is looking for in an acquisition target: Companies that could bolster Microso…

Naidunia Promoter Buys INX News

Entrepreneur Vinay Chhajlani and journalist Jehangir Pocha have bought INX News, which runs an English channel.

INX News Pvt Ltd, the com…

2008: The Year of Non-Deals

2008 was the year defined more by the deals that did not go through in the media/information sector. The dollar volume of deals that failed,…

RCom May Sell 26 Percent To Foreign Telco

Reliance Communications (RCom), the country’s second largest telecom company by subscribers, is in talks with various strategic players to s…

Top Five Digital & Mobile Music Deals

As we gear up for Tuesday’s EconMusic conference in London, we’ve assembled a list of the top five recent music deals by size. Given the tre…

Top Five Digital & Mobile Music Deals

As we gear up for Tuesday’s EconMusic conference in London, we’ve assembled a list of the top five recent music deals by size. Given the tre…

Microsoft Confirms Powerset Acquisition

As was first tipped last week, Microsoft (NSDQ: MSFT) has confirmed the acquisition of semantic search engine Powerset. The announcement was…

So, Microsoft Buys AOL Now?

It’s probably just pure fantasy, but maybe the Yahoo-Microsoft (NSDQ: MSFT) story is actually over this time (knock on wood). If so it means…

Yahoo Sets Annual Meeting For August 1

Following reports that Yahoo (NSDQ: YHOO) held a board meeting today, the company filed an updated proxy with the SEC setting August, 1 as t…

CBS-CNET: Full Coverage

As has already been widely reported, CBS (NYSE: CBS) is acquiring CNET (NSDQ: CNET) for $1.8 billion cash, marking the big acquisition we ha…

MSFT-YHOO: From The Nebraska Furniture Mart

So there was a small connection between today’s big story and the Berkshire Hathaway meeting: Bill Gates and Sue Decker were both seated in…

Microsoft Withdraws Offer For Yahoo

Microsoft has decided to walk away from its bid for Yahoo (NSDQ: YHOO). Said Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer in a statement: “We continue to bel…

Microsoft To Make Non-Move Today?

Microsoft’s (NSDQ: MSFT) next move was expected to come mid-week, and it doesn’t get any more mid-week than a Wednesday. WSJ is reporting th…

Sony Buys Gracenote For $260 Million

Sony (NYSE: SNE) Corp of America has bought Gracenote, the media metadata and tech firm which has been around since 1998, for about $260 mil…

Media M&A Barely Up In Q1; Thanks, AOL

The first quarter of 2008 is now history and it won’t soon be missed. But if you take a glance over your shoulder, media M&A totaled $13.4 b…

Fantasy Sports Ventures Acquires HoopsHype.com

‘Tis the day to snap up basketball sites: Fantasy Sports Ventures, the fantasy sports-based media conglomerate, has acquired HoopsHype.com,…

Microsoft-Yahoo: On To Round II

Yesterday’s volleys between Microsoft and Yahoo (NSDQ: YHOO), though dramatic, pretty much played out as expected. Yahoo scoffed at Microsof…

Yahoo Considering Combo With AOL?

As Yahoo (NSDQ: YHOO) ponders various strategies for rejecting Microsoft (NSDQ: MSFT), Times Online reports that one possible option is a me…

MSFT-YHOO: Effects On Other Internet M&A

Lots of commentary on Microsoft’s (NSDQ: MSFT) bid for Yahoo (NSDQ: YHOO), but how will this affect the Internet/digital media M&A market in…

MSFT-YHOO: What It Means To Google

Microsoft’s (NSDQ: MSFT) $44.6 billion offer for Yahoo (NSDQ: YHOO), we keep hearing, represents the potential emergence of a solid number t…

MSFT-YHOO: Mobile Implications: Links

What could a tie-up of Microsoft (NSDQ: MSFT) and Yahoo (NSDQ: YHOO) achieve in the mobile space? In the release and letter to Yahoo

THQ Acquiring Role Player Big Huge Games

Videogame publisher THQ will acquire Big Huge Games, a maker of role-playing games. The acquisition will help THQ (NSDQ: THQI) target the RP…

UK's Screen Digest Buys Adams Media Research

London-based media research and info firm Screen Digest has bought Adams Media Research, a Carmel, Calif.-based home entertainment market r…

Online Ad M&A: Fears of Backfiring

The flurry of acquisition activity between the tech industry and the advertising industry has created some interesting dilemmas for companie…

ESPN Buys Cricket Site Cricinfo

ESPN has made its biggest online foray into cricket: it has bought the largest cricket news and info website Cricinfo, from The Wisden Group…

Idea, Spice Merger Talks Could Be Off

After days of speculation about a deal being on, comes talk that merger discussions between Idea Cellular and Spice Telecom could actually b…

The Thomson-Reuters Deal

The Thomson-Reuters deal is through, thus creating a B2B information powerhouse. Thomson will now be called Thomson-Reuters Corporation, whi…

YOU Telecom Acquires ISP IceNet

YOU Telecom has acquired Ahmedabad based ISP IceNet for an undisclosed amount, reports the Economic Times. As per YOU Telecom CEO EVS Chakra…

Reliance ADA Group Eyeing 51% In Miditech

There seems to be a trend of content production houses selling out. The Reliance Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group (ADAG) is now eyeing a 51 per c…

Fidelity Increases Stake In Info Edge

Info Edge India Ltd, the company which own jobs portal Naukri.com, is attracting interest from large foreign institutional investors. Foreig…

TV18 Demerger To Kick Off Today

TV18 group is demerging its business into two entities – TV18 India and Network 18. As part of the restructuring process, the existing entit…

JWT Eyeing New Media Acquisitions In India

Digital Media is the center of JWT, says Bob Jeffrey CEO & Chairman JWT Worldwide in an interview with agencyfaqs, and they intend to instil…

PMG Acquires Utah Based Westwords

The Hindu reports that PreMedia Global USA Inc (PMG), an Ohio-based knowledge and content service provider with operations in Chennai, has b…