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Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE, Nasdaq: VZ) and Yahoo! Inc. (Nasdaq: YHOO) have entered into a definitive agreement under which Verizon will acquire Yahoo's operating business for approximately $4.83 billion in cash, subject to customary closing adjustments. Yahoo informs, connects and entertains a global audience of more than 1 billion monthly active users** -- including 600 million monthly active mobile users*** through its search, communications and digital content products. Yahoo also connects advertisers with target audiences through a streamlined advertising technology stack that combines the power of their data, content and technology. Lowell McAdam, Verizon Chairman and CEO, said: "Just over a year ago we acquired AOL to enhance our strategy of providing a cross-screen connection for consumers, creators and advertisers. The acquisition of Yahoo will put ... (more)

Verari Close to Death

Venture Capital on Ulitzer There’s a deathwatch being kept at the bedside of the skeletal remains of Verari Systems, some paid, some not. Unable to meet payroll, the blade-cum-storage and container boutique has fired almost all of its reportedly ~225-strong staff including co-founder and CTO David Driggers – 125 of them can currently be found at a networking site that one of them set up – and the remaining management has posted a “State of the Business” message on the company’s homepage saying it’s restructuring. It reads, “Verari has initiated a process that wil... (more)

Oracle Says ‘No Compromise’ on MySQL: Reuters

Mergers & Acquisitions on Ulitzer Oracle has told Reuters that the New York Post story Friday claiming it had offered the European Commission a deal on MySQL is a bunch of baloney. The Post, quoting two unidentified sources, said Oracle proposed to “quarantine” MySQL inside a combined Oracle-Sun to get the European Commission to approve its $7.4 billion acquisition of Sun ahead of a hearing in Brussels Thursday. It said MySQL would be treated as a “separate entity” with a “firewall” between the open source database unit and the rest of Oracle and could even involve a separate boa... (more)

In 2014 Big Data Investments Will Account for Nearly $30 Billion - Eventually Accounting for $76 Billion by 2020 End

DALLAS, Aug. 21, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Amid the proliferation of real time data from sources such as mobile devices, web, social media, sensors, log files and transactional applications, Big Data has found a host of vertical market applications, ranging from fraud detection to R&D. Photo - "Big Data Market: 2014 – 2020 – Opportunities, Challenges, Strategies, Industry Verticals & Forecasts" Key Findings: In 2014 Big Data vendors will pocket nearly $30 Billion from hardware, software and professional services revenues Big Dat... (more)

Google to Acquire DoubleClick

MOUNTAIN VIEW, California, April 14 /PRNewswire/ -- - Combination Will Significantly Expand Opportunities for Advertisers, Agencies and Publishers and Improve Users' Online Experience Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG) announced today a definitive agreement to acquire DoubleClick Inc., a global leader in digital marketing technology and services, for US$3.1 billion in cash from San Francisco-based private equity firm Hellman & Friedman along with JMI Equity and management. The acquisition will combine DoubleClick's expertise in ad management technology for media buyers and sellers with G... (more)

Opinion: The Real Cost of Acquisitions - the Zimbra Story

There are reports that Yahoo has put Zimbra on the block. Honestly, this came as no surprise at all to us at Zoho. I remember scratching my head when the acquisition was made; I didn't see how an enterprise/business focused open source offering like Zimbra fit with Yahoo, as a technology, as a business or strategically. Zimbra is an open source installable product offering primarily intended to be installed within medium to large organizations. Yahoo has never made an installed product in its history and is mainly focused on consumers, with an occasional foray to sell those consu... (more)