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Industry Focus: Mergers and Acquisitionsview story

http://thevarguy.com – It seems as though every year between May and September, we hear the same type of story over and over again:  This company was bought by that company, Company A received funding from Venture Capitalist B, and on and on. It may be something that we’re used to, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t have huge impacts on the industry. (IT news)

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Yahoo Ends 2013 With No Apps In Apple’s Top 100view story

http://techcrunch.com – Yahoo put of lot of effort and investment toward presenting a new Yahoo to the world in 2013, and a lot of that has hinged on improving its mobile business. There have been significant updates to old apps; over a dozen (out of a total of 28) mobile-related acquisitions to pick up talent, technology and products; and tests for what Yahoo should focus on next. (IT news)

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Charter to buy Time Warner Cable?view story

http://forums.anandtech.com – http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-1...tml?cmpid=yhoo In the current state of monopolies, it seems like the choices we have are getting fewer and the we remaining choices are getting bigger. It appears that Charter is interested in purchasing a bigger company than it. Not quite sure what goes into the whole process of acquisitions but the history of acquisitions hasn't been good. (Hardware)

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500px Plans Aggressive Consumer Market Expansion In 2014, We Take A Look At Their New Spaceview story

http://techcrunch.com – Located in the heart of downtown Toronto, 500px‘s new offices are expansive, impressive and just as laden with exposed brick and beams as anything you’ll see south of Market in San Francisco. (IT news)

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Google Ventures: $1.2B Under Management, 75 New Investments And 9 Exits In 2013view story

http://techcrunch.com – Google Ventures is releasing its year-end data for 2013, showing that the firm made 75 new investments and saw 9 exits for the year. (IT news)

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Evntlive Could Help Yahoo Fix Its Broken Video Experienceview story

http://techcrunch.com – This week, Yahoo continued with its prolific acquisition strategy with a one-two punch picking up companies working on video — a sign that, while some of its acquisitions have been basic talent grabs, at least a few of them have a very specific focus to them, concentrating on fixing its long-neglected video business. (IT news)

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Beatport “Bloodbath” As Dance Music Startup Lays Off Engineersview story

http://techcrunch.com – “These guys will trash the office if we don’t send someone there”, Beatport worried, so it flew HR to its San Francisco office to fire the whole engineering team there, a source tells TechCrunch. Multiple sources confirm the 88-person startup laid off large sets of engineers in SF and Denver this week. (IT news)

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GoDaddy Buys Media Temple To Build Up Its Business With Web Professionalsview story

http://techcrunch.com – Domain registration and hosting company GoDaddy is continuing on its acquisitions roll, with the announcement today that it acquired Media Temple, a premium domain hosting and website services company based out of Los Angeles that targets website development professionals. (IT news)

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Andreessen Horowitz's Scott Weiss On Why There Will Be 30 New Franchises In The Enterpriseview story

http://techcrunch.com – The future of enterprise software is anything but boring. Andreessen Horowitz partner Scott Weiss aptly predicted his guest post titled “30 New Franchises” a few weeks ago, there a massive opportunity to create new multi-billion-dollar enterprise franchises despite incumbents throwing massive amounts of money to acquire these franchises. (IT news)

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Consolidation Heats Up In Subscription Economy, As Quarterly Buys Celeb-Endorsed Rival 12Societyview story

http://techcrunch.com – Today, TechCrunch has learned that Quarterly.co, a subscription giftbox service that features monthly instalments curated by respected entrepreneurs, designers and organizations is buying 12Society, a rival startup with a similar, celebrity-endorsed approach to subscription commerce. (IT news)