AOL Buys Techcrunch

AOL has officially acquired the popular technology blog, TechCrunch. It is now a part of the AOL Technology Network, which includes Engadget and TUAW.

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Tim Armstrong, CEO of AOL, announced today at TechCrunch Disrupt that AOL has finally acquired TechCrunch and all their properties in a successful deal today.

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While Engadget is regarded as the top gadget blog, TechCrunch is the top tech blog and this acquisition will give AOL a stronghold over two of the most popular niche in the world of blogging.

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GoDaddy

GoDaddy is on sale for $1 Billion. GoDaddy is a domain registrant and service provider and has 43 registered domains.

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Google’s biggest advantage in using SocialDeck is that it has cross-platform mobile support and this can extend Google’s social expertise over various platforms.

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Cisco already deals in state of the art networking technologies. While many have speculated that it wants to enter the word of services with this acquisition, in my opinion, the hierarchical security measures used by Skype VOIP may be of special interest to it.

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Google has just acquired another social application company named Slide, in an effort to “make Google services socially aware.”

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Instantiations a GWT and Smalltalk developer is now a part of the Google Web Toolkit and Google is planning to use the GWT designer in Instantiations.

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Disney has bought social gaming startup Playdom for close to $700 Million.

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Google

Google has acquired Metaweb, a San Francisco based start-up which has been working on building an open and shared database of the world’s knowledge.

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Google Travel

Google just got into the travel industry by acquiring a Boston based company called ITA, which specializes in organizing airline data, flight times, availability and prices.

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Amazon has acquired Woot for an undisclosed sum. Woot is a site which has a single daily deal which offer steep discounts on products.

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Automattic the company which creates the popular blogging platform WordPress have acquired Plinky, a service which provides a prompt like a question or a challenge and asks users to type in an answer to allow users to get rid of Bloggers Block.

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Bharti Airtel today dived into the global telecom market by completing the acquisition of Zain Group’s mobile operations in 15 countries across Africa for a total enterprise valuation of $10.7 billion.

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Google acquired an ad technology startup invite media on Wednesday this week. Invite media helps buyers purchase advertising from a dashboard displaying multiple ad exchanges in real time.

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