What’s in a name? For someone like the late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, quite a lot. The notorious perfectionist didn’t particularly take to the name “Siri” when Apple acquired the company two years ago -- but accordingly to that company’s co-founder, Jobs never came up with a better one.
Good googly-moogly, it’s already hump day! And judging from social gaming giant Zynga, it must be a good one for the folks over at OMGPOP, whose popular Draw Something app (and 34 other titles) have just been snapped up in an acquisition. Anyone feeling up to acquiring an overworked tech blogger or two? We work really hard and we don’t require much care and feeding, honest! Well, no takers here, it seems… so let’s get busy spreading the news for this wonderful Wednesday, March 21, 2012.
Like a scene out of Hitchcock’s cinematic classic, the birds at Twitter have swooped in for the kill, this time taking aim at the team at Posterous. While there’s no blood and carnage quite yet, the fate of the popular Posterous Spaces is a question mark.
Last Thursday, Apple acquired Chomp, an app search engine that helps you find an app for both the iPhone and an Android phone. But now that Chomp is in Apple’s hands, Cupertino could very well completely redesign its App Store search and discovery process, helping users find their desired apps quickly, rather than getting mired in a growing sea of 550,000+ irrelevant results--a growing problem for smartphone users everywhere.
Competition is fierce in the world of wireless, but that doesn’t mean that telecom giants can’t occasionally come to each other’s aid in times of crisis. Case in point: Recent comments by Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam which appear to be in favor of rival AT&T gobbling up T-Mobile.
In what seems like an effort to aid restaurant goers in scoping out a place to eat (or relate to picky urban foodies who need reassurance that the place they're dining at is actually the best), Google announced this morning that it has acquired the food rating site Zagat.
"Moving forward, Zagat will be a cornerstone of our local offering--delighting people with their impressive array of reviews, ratings and insights," said Marissa Mayer, VP of Local, Maps and Location Services, in a blog post this morning on Google's official BlogSpot. "I'm incredibly excited to collaborate with Zagat to bring the power of Google search and Google Maps to their products and users."
Microsoft’s acquisition of Skype will now come with a little extra somethin’ somethin’ as the VoIP company announced their own acquisition of a year-old provider of mobile group messaging services, adding to the company’s existing portfolio of voice, video and text chat.
What do you do when your company suffers a $56 million second-quarter net loss? If you’re Motorola Mobility, you cash in by selling your soul to Google for a cool $12.5 billion, which is exactly what the search giant announced early Monday.
With PDF documents so common these days, it’s almost hard to remember that the technology used to be exclusive to Adobe, the company who created it in the first place. Over the weekend, we got a reminder with news that the company is acquiring the leader in electronic signature providers to integrate into Acrobat.
Although Apple is now attempting to silence the week-old mutiny over its new Final Cut Pro X app, the release has spooked many video professionals in the industry and reopened a few old wounds -- including those of a former Shake product designer who claims the company doesn’t consider pros as its “primary business.”