mergers and acquisitions

mergers and acquisitions

Sprint CEO has no regrets about making $15 billion bet on iPhone
BBC may redefine commercial online efforts

Reuters: Google to replace head of mergers and acquisitions

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Google is preparing to replace the head of its mergers and acquisitions group, David Lawee, with top internal lawyer Don Harrison. This according to sources familiar with the search giant's plans, who spoke anonymously to Reuters, revealing the organizational shift. Google has not commented on the matter, but Lawee will...
Reuters: Google to replace head of mergers and acquisitions

The Church of England's stand on Murdoch makes the world a little better | Andrew Brown

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The C of E's pension fund does not easily mix with its principles. But disinvesting in News Corp sends an ethical signalSo a moment of silent pity, if you can manage it, for the Church of England, which has inherited this enormous pension fund and must somehow work out how...
The Church of England's stand on Murdoch makes the world a little better | Andrew Brown

Cisco Fits Back in Its Skinny Jeans, Drops $1 Billion in Annual Costs

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Cisco Systems has met an important goal of its restructuring. It has reduced its annual operating expenses by $1 billion and it has hit that goal one quarter earlier than predicted. “We are executing well on our three-year plan to drive earnings faster than revenue. Our operational focus continues to...
Cisco Fits Back in Its Skinny Jeans, Drops $1 Billion in Annual Costs

Cash-rich tech giants have $300 billion to spend: Is a new wave of tech M&A coming?

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(Flickr photo via JMRosenfeld) Could we see a new wave of technology-related mergers and acquisitions? Well, that’s one possible scenario given that the top 20 technology companies in the U.S. finished last year with a whopping $300 billion in cash and marketable securities, an impressive number which could indicate that...
Cash-rich tech giants have $300 billion to spend: Is a new wave of tech M&A coming?
Facebook, Google, Groupon, and Twitter led all companies in private acquisitions in 2012

The irresistible rise of Will Lewis, News Corp's clean-up campaigner

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You have to hand it to Will Lewis, the guy has a knack of being in the right place at just the right time.Then again, as he would undoubtedly say, getting into the right place at the right time is a skill in itself.Similarly, he has had penchant for making...
The irresistible rise of Will Lewis, News Corp's clean-up campaigner

Google creating new late-stage investment group as it replaces M&A chief

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According to a report from Reuters citing its usual “sources familiar with the matter,” Google is in the process of creating a new late-stage investment group its current chief of mergers and acquisitions David Lawlee will oversee. The report doesn’t provide much more information, but did say the new investment...
Google creating new late-stage investment group as it replaces M&A chief

YouTube Livestreaming Call Of Duty: Black Ops II - Boon For eSports Players, Commenters

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Players of Call of Duty: Black Ops II will now be able to livestream their gameplay to YouTube directly from their Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 game consoles. While casual players may be interested in posting their games, this is big news for the lucrative gaming-commentary industry on YouTube, and...
YouTube Livestreaming Call Of Duty: Black Ops II - Boon For eSports Players, Commenters

What If Metcalfe’s Law Is Wrong?

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Networks — be they telecom, social, transportation or otherwise — are the fabric of modern society. They provide immense value to consumers and businesses alike, enhancing mutual relationships and enabling the distribution of goods, services and information. But does this value grow as the size of the networks grow? And...
What If Metcalfe’s Law Is Wrong?
Chinese government hopes to create another five Lenovos by 2015

A winning wager? Experts see a $20B market for gambling in games

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SAN FRANCISCO — Serious gamers did not shy away from confronting serious issues at third day of the Game Developers Conference — including gambling. A panel on the hotly debated issue of gambling in games was packed. The big questions for the experts: Is gambling the next big growth...
A winning wager? Experts see a $20B market for gambling in games
The Mobile Industry Is Ignoring the Rules of Consolidation

After Acquiring 15 Groupon Clones, CrowdSavings Finds a Buyer for Itself

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Two daily deal companies that are far off the radar are joining forces with Half Off Depot agreeing to acquire CrowdSavings for $6.4 million in cash and stock. Together, the two will be rebranded as nCrowd, and will be headquartered out of Atlanta. There are two remarkable aspects to this transaction,...
After Acquiring 15 Groupon Clones, CrowdSavings Finds a Buyer for Itself

Twitter Taps Morgan Stanley Vet to Lead Corp Dev

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Twitter has named Cynthia Gaylor as its new head of corporate development, the company announced on Thursday. Gaylor comes most recently from a long tenure inside Morgan Stanley’s mergers-and-acquisitions wing, as well as a decade long stint at Hambrecht & Quist (which eventually folded into J.P. Morgan Chase) also doing...
Twitter Taps Morgan Stanley Vet to Lead Corp Dev

Facebook hires and departures: FBX creator leaves; 32 other jobs filled

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Facebook product manager Antonio Garcia-Martinez, who spearheaded the social network’s moves into the retargeting space with the Facebook Exchange, this week had his last day with the company. Garcia-Martinez came to Facebook in April 2011 after his company AdGrok sold to Twitter. He says FBX was built by a team of three...
Facebook hires and departures: FBX creator leaves; 32 other jobs filled

AT&T reorgs executives after T-Mobile merger attempt

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Following its failed attempt to acquire T-Mobile, AT&T has begun a reorganization of its leadership, according to Reuters. The changes have seen experienced, longs-serving AT&T executives promoted. 27-year veteran John Stankey has been put in charge of strategy, while Forrest Miller, the current head of corporate strategy and mergers and...
AT&T reorgs executives after T-Mobile merger attempt

Badoo Does More Than Flirt With Google's Ben Ling; It Hires Him as COO

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Long-time Google product guy Ben Ling will become COO of Badoo, the London-based social discovery company with 35 million active monthly users, as the Wall Street Journal reported this morning. Ling had worked closely with Google’s Marissa Mayer on various products in search and local, and had for a brief...
Badoo Does More Than Flirt With Google's Ben Ling; It Hires Him as COO

Fashion site Stylecaster doubles its size with purchase of Daily Makeover

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Fashion community Stylcaster is going even bigger with beauty. The New York-based startup on Wednesday announced that it has purchased Daily Makeover, a digital beauty and style site that gives users virtual makeovers. With the acquisition, the company said it would double revenue and the size of its team, as...
Fashion site Stylecaster doubles its size with purchase of Daily Makeover

Yahoo's Working On Two Large Acquisitions (YHOO)

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Jackie Reses, Yahoo's head of HR and mergers and acquisitions, recently told employees that the company had two big acquisition deals in the works, Kara Swisher reports at AllThingsD. There are also a half-dozen smaller deals in the work, similar to Yahoo's recent acquisitions of Stamped and OnTheAir, two small...
Yahoo's Working On Two Large Acquisitions (YHOO)

Punky Brewster's New Family-Focused, Interactive Crafting Startup Moonfrye Raises $2.5M From GRP, Google Ventures And Others

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Soleil Moon Frye (a.k.a. the actress that played Punky Brewster in the hit TV show from the Eighties) and former IAC exec Kara Nortman have raised new funding for Moonfrye, a startup aimed at bringing creative, DIY and interactive experiences to families and parents. The startup is announcing $2.5 million...
Punky Brewster's New Family-Focused, Interactive Crafting Startup Moonfrye Raises $2.5M From GRP, Google Ventures And Others

Facebook drops below Amazon in value with 11% plunge

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One of the interesting parts of Facebook’s Wall Street debut was the fact that the social network was initially considered more valuable than industry veteran Amazon.com. But no more. Facebook shares fell nearly 11 percent today on the company’s second day of trading, despite broader gains in the stock market....
Facebook drops below Amazon in value with 11% plunge

With Instagram Buy, Facebook Officially Pushes M&A Strategy Beyond The ‘Acqui-hire’

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The surprise announcement this morning that Facebook is acquiring Instagram for $1 billion says a lot about the state of the web startup ecosystem and the tech world at large — and no doubt, a large part of the industry (and the blogs that breathlessly cover it) will be analyzing...
With Instagram Buy, Facebook Officially Pushes M&A Strategy Beyond The ‘Acqui-hire’

This Ex-Microsoft Exec Will Not Sleep Until He Reinvents Investing

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Hardeep Walia wants you to stop gambling on stocks and bet on ideas instead. With that goal, the veteran of Microsoft's mergers and acquisitions team is launching Motif Investing, a new online brokerage, today. From what Walia has shown us, Motif promises to be the kind of game-changer that the...
This Ex-Microsoft Exec Will Not Sleep Until He Reinvents Investing
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Google M&A Chief: I Have An Unlimited Budget For Making Acquisitions (GOOG)

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Hey startups, if Google is looking at buying your company make sure you ask for double what you think you're worth. Google's not going to say it can't afford you! In an interview at Bloomberg, David Lawee, who leads Google's mergers and acquisitions business says he has an unlimited budget...
Google M&A Chief: I Have An Unlimited Budget For Making Acquisitions (GOOG)

China Recap: A Glimpse at How the Internet is Reshaping the Middle Kingdom

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As I wrote yesterday, China’s Internet industry is at a fascinating juncture, emerging from the shadows of its copycat past and catapulting itself into a mobile future, one in which it will likely innovate in parallel alongside the best from Silicon Valley. Looking back on two months of reporting from...
China Recap: A Glimpse at How the Internet is Reshaping the Middle Kingdom
Failure is a feature: how Google stays sharp gobbling up startups
The 10 biggest VC-backed acquisitions of 2012
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