December 20, 2016 Comments Off on Google acquires Cronologics
As part of its plans to launch its Android Wear 2.0 in 2017, Google has acquired Cronologics, a startup that specialises in developing operating systems for wearable devices. Cronologics is the company behind the OS of the CoWatch, an Android-powered smartwatch that has Amazon’s voice-activated Alexa personal assistant software built-in. For Google, Cronologics is a logical partner to build its next-generation Android Wear. The Cronologics OS is already fully compatible with Android, and Google may want to use this technology to advance its Android Wear’s voice recognition capabilities as well as enable it to pair with other connected devices like the Google Home.
November 29, 2016 Comments Off on Amazon acquires Biba Systems
Video conferencing is one of the most exciting sectors in the communications industry. According to Global Industry Analysts, the global market for video conferencing services is expected to reach $2.9 billion in 2020, which might be the reason why companies like IBM, Microsoft, Oracle and Amazon are expanding beyond their core businesses and starting to beef up their video conferencing capabilities. Last week, Amazon reportedly acquired Biba Systems, a California-based video conferencing and messaging startup for an undisclosed amount. This latest acquisition follows the company’s purchase of Twitch, a live-streaming video platform, and Elemental Technologies, a software company that specialises in providing multi-screen video solutions. Analysts predict Amazon could combine all these technologies together to launch its own video conferencing service and tap into the billion-dollar industry.
November 22, 2016 Comments Off on Google acquires Undecidable Labs
Google announced that it has acquired Undecidable Labs, a small startup that creates tools that can convert online searches into actual purchases. So what does the acquisition mean for Google? According to sources, the deal suggests that Google is hoping to monetise its enormous library of images, a prominent part of its search engine that has yet to gain significant traction. Undecidable Labs’ technology can filter image search results and display the most relevant images based on a user’s needs and price range. The acquisition will help Google advance into ecommerce, with the intention of increasing user engagement and advertising spend. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
November 15, 2016 Comments Off on Facebook acquires CrowdTangle
Mark Zuckerberg has always insisted that Facebook is not a media company. So why did Facebook acquire CrowdTangle, a social analytics platform used by media companies? According to analysts, Facebook might use CrowdTangle to eliminate fake news. As we all know, fake news has been the scourge of Facebook for the past years, showing up everywhere, from a friend’s timeline to the pages of reputable new sites. Fake news is quickly gaining traction online with many people believing and sharing bogus information. CrowdTangle’s technology can help Facebook track how widespread fake news stories have become while surfacing real stories, measuring social performance and identifying influencers.
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