Acquisitions

Microsoft Acquires To-Do List App Maker Wunderlist

Popular to-do list app maker Wunderlist, who recently revamped its mobile and desktop apps for iOS, Android and Mac OS, has been acquired by Microsoft for between $100 million and $200 million, The Wall Street Journal reports. Having recently purchased Acompli, which makes mobile-email applications, and Sunrise Atelier, the maker of popular Sunrise mobile calendar app,...

Google Acquires Time-Management iOS App Timeful

Time-management startup Timeful, that launched its iOS app last year which helps busy folks find the time to keep on top of important matters in their professional and personal lives, has today been acquired by Google, Fast Company is reporting. The source notes that while the app will still be available in the App Store, its...

Dropbox Acquires Israel-Based Developer CloudOn

Popular cloud-storage provider Dropbox has acquired CloudOn, a developer of mobile productivity tools with an engineering hub in Israel consisting of 30 employees. According to The Wall Street Journal, the young app maker’s Israeli office will become a base for Dropbox's “aggressive hiring” in the region. Ilya Fushman, head of product, business and mobile said in an...

Microsoft Buys HockeyApp Mobile Crash Analytics and Beta Distribution Service

Microsoft has announced the acquisition of HockeyApp, a service for mobile crash analytics and app distribution for developers building apps on iOS, Android and Windows Phone. The company has also revealed that it will integrate HockeyApp into the Application Insights service in Visual Studio Online to expand Application Insights support for iOS and Android. The Germany-based HockeyApp...

Mobile Email Apps Provider Acompli Has Been Acquired by Microsoft

Microsoft has today announced that it has acquired Acompli, provider of innovative mobile email apps for iOS and Android, as part of the company's ongoing efforts to help Windows Phone users to accomplish more with their mobile devices. "We’re excited about what’s possible as we build on the app’s success”, said Microsoft in an official blog post....

Waterloo-Based Kik Messenger Raises $38.3M, Acquires GIF Startup Relay

According to a report by Re/Code, Waterloo-based messaging app Kik has raised $38.3 million in new funding and has also acquired Relay, a messaging network focused on sending and receiving GIFs. Back in May, the company had announced that is continuing to grow “rapidly” with 120 million users, as every day over 275,000 people joined the messaging...

Apple Acquires Netherlands-Based Digital Magazine Platform PRSS

Apple has acquired Prss, a digital magazine platform based in the Netherlands, as first noted by iCulture. Apple provided the following boilerplate statement to TechCrunch, most likely confirming the acquisition: Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to time, and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans. According to Gigaom, here’s what makes...

Apple Employees Shed Light on Acquisition of Beats Music

As Apple prepares to incorporate the Beats team and products under its umbrella, new information from two Apple sources reveals how some “arrogant” executives paved the way to company's acquisition of Beats (via BuzzFeed). Past and current employees in the company with direct knowledge of iTunes said that "the iTunes team was plagued by shortsighted management who ignored competitors...

Here’s Why Apple May Be Buying Dr. Dre’s Beats

Amidst all these reports and rumours suggesting Apple will soon take over Dr. Dre’s Beats, the widely popular headphones and online music company, an interesting article by Re/Code’s Walt Mossberg sheds light on the many reasons why Apple might be thinking about making such an acquisition. "I guess that’s my gut reaction as to why they might be...

Telus Withdraws $350 Million Mobilicity Takeover Bid

Telus has officially withdrawn its $350 million Mobilicity takeover bid, a move that comes several weeks after the federal government warned that it would take retaliatory measures if Telus did not abandon its bid for Mobilicity, The Globe And Mail is reporting. Ottawa has reiterated its position time and again that no spectrum transfers will be approved to...

Is Apple’s Beats Acquisition All About Music Subscription Service?

Apple is currently said to be in talks to acquire Beats Electronics for a reported $3.2 billion, a deal that was apparently confirmed by Dr. Dre himself in an early morning video posted on actor Tyrese Gibson’s Facebook page. A new article by The Wall Street Journal points out how the the Cupertino company, who once shook up...