The startup will shut down its service to join Yahoo's video team. Evntlive, which launched in April 2013, aimed to "change the way that fans engage with live music online by creating an interactive, virtual venue," according to the site's blog post.
It's confirmed -- the Federal Communications Commission has given approval to Verizon's $130 billion buyout of Vodafone's stake in Verizon Wireless. This makes the deal the third largest corporate acquisition ever and will give Verizon full ownership of Verizon Wireless.
"We thank the FCC for its quick action in approving our transaction with Vodafone, which will provide Verizon with 100 percent ownership of Verizon Wireless and a boost to one of the most important sectors of the US economy," Randal Milch, Verizon's executive vice president of public policy, said in a statement Wednesday.
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When Andy Rubin handed leadership of the Android project to Sundar Pichai, the speculation began about what Rubin would be doing next for Google.
Now we know: robots.
In an interview with The New York Times on Wednesday, Rubin said his robotics project is at the heart of one of Google's long-term, big-deal "moonshot" programs that also have included self-driving and Google Glass.
"Like any moonshot, you have to think of time as a factor. We need enough runway and a 10-year vision," Rubin said.
Google has acquired seven robotics companies to get a … Read more
Sold itself is sold.
Dropbox has acquired the startup that aimed to make it easier for people to sell their stuff online. It automated the process of setting a price and handled selling, shipping, and payment, but that service now will be shut down, the company said on its Web site.
What's next under Dropbox's ownership is unclear.
"We decided that the move to Dropbox couldn't be better -- their road map includes exciting new experiences which align perfectly with our ethos of creating products that positively affect people," the Sold team said on its … Read more
AT&T may face a tougher time convincing European officials to approve future takeover deals in light of its role in the NSA's surveillance program.
Like many other US companies, AT&T was compelled by the government to provide the National Security Agency with phone records of its customers as part of the agency's hunt for terrorist activity. At the same time, AT&T has expressed an interest in acquiring a mobile carrier in Europe as a way to expand its global presence.
But some European officials told The Wall Street Journal that approval for … Read more
Microsoft has asked the European Union to approve its bid to buy Nokia for $7.2 billion as the software giant continues its push into devices and services.
The 28-member state bloc's antitrust regulators will now decide whether or not the company's bid breaches the EU's rules on competition.
Because Nokia is a European-based company, antitrust regulators will critique the takeover bid to ensure the competition is not left at a disadvantage.
Authorities can block the deal, or fine the companies heavily.
According to Reuters, the Commission said it would decide by December 4 whether to clear … Read more
Former Apple CEO John Sculley is said to be considering buying BlackBerry, according to a report by The Globe and Mail. No, this is not a parody Onion article.
The man known for firing Steve Jobs from Apple in 1985 told the Canadian newspaper that while he was not commenting on the matter, he said he has been a "longtime BlackBerry fan and user."
"The only thing I would say is, I think there's a lot of future value in BlackBerry, but without experienced people who have run this type of business, and without a strategic … Read more
The company said eBay Now is live in Chicago today, and Dallas will follow within the following weeks. Next year, cities such as London will receive the service, bringing the total to 25. eBay already has offered same-day delivery in San Francisco and New York for about a year.
eBay President Devin Wenig also said the company is buying a London-based … Read more
A press release stating that Samsung had agreed to acquire Fingerprint Cards is "incorrect," the Swedish maker of fingerprint ID sensors said Friday.
"The previous press release was not sent by Fingerprint Cards AB. Trading in the share has been suspended," Fingerprint Cards said in a statement. "What has happened will be reported to the police and to the Swedish Financial Supervisory Authority."
Cision, a public-relations firm, expressed regret for the press release publication. "Cision apologizes to Fingerprint Cards AB and other stakeholders for this error," the firm said.
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According to the paper, some of those possible targets have included Unity Technologies, a San Francisco-based gaming platform developer; Green Throttle Games, a Santa Clara, Calif.-based company that makes game controllers and software that connects mobile devices to televisions; Israeli mobile search engine Everything.me; Israeli video-chat app maker Rounds; and location-sharing app Glympse of Seattle, Wash.
It's not clear from the report whether Samsung is still looking at any of the companies aside from Glympse. In … Read more