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It’s all about data

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IBM’s recent acquisition of the The Weather Company has left everyone scratching their heads. Why would IBM, one of the world’s largest computer companies, acquire a company that forecasts the weather? The answer is data. According to IBM, the deal will further strengthen its bid to become a data-based company. The Weather Company’s rich data cloud platform, which handles over 20 billion requests per day, will bolster IBM’s data services and Watson’s Internet of Things. With these technologies combined, IBM is now able to collect even larger volumes of data sets from billions of IoT sensors around the world and provide intelligent, real-time information to millions of its customers worldwide. This means companies in industries most affected by weather will be able to link their business data using their connected devices with Watson’s weather data. IBM will then be able to provide these companies with deep, multimodal insights to help them make smarter business decisions.

Video is the new king

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In case you haven’t noticed, video content is slowly but surely dominating the internet and the way we consume online content. According to Cisco’s latest white paper on global internet provider traffic forecasts, 80% of the world’s entire online traffic will be video by 2019. As online video grows, so will the investments in the sector. In 2015, traditional media giant NBCUniversal invested $200 million each in BuzzFeed and Vox Media to amp up its video content, while CNN and Food Network are trying to reach millennials by leveraging on Snapchat’s Discover feature. This week, IBM bought Ustream, a video streaming website. With the acquisition, IBM will bolster its existing portfolio of video services and hopefully expand its revenue growth, which has been declining steadily over the last several years.

Top 20 Acquisitions for December 2014

Deal No. Amount Paid (USD) Company Investor/Buyer Sector Deal Type
1 $19,000,000,000 WhatsApp Facebook Mobile & Apps Acquisition
2 $9,670,032,000 Ono Vodafone Hardware & Infrastructure Acquisition
3 $9,247,968,000 Global Village Telecom Telefonica Hardware & Infrastructure Acquisition
4 $5,700,000,000 TW Telecom Level 3 Software & Services Acquisition
5 $5,300,000,000 MICROS Systems Oracle Hardware & Infrastructure Acquisition
6 $3,500,000,000 Trulia Zillow Transactions Acquisition
7 $3,200,000,000 Nest Labs Google Hardware & Infrastructure Acquisition
8 $3,000,000,000 Beats Electronics Apple Hardware & Infrastructure Acquisition
9 $2,500,000,000 Mojang Microsoft Games Acquisition
10 $2,500,000,000 Compuware Thoma Bravo Software & Services Acquisition
11 $2,300,000,000 Conversant Alliance Data Marketing Acquisition
12 $2,300,000,000 IBM (x86-based server business) Lenovo Hardware & Infrastructure Acquisition
13 $2,000,000,000 Oculus VR Facebook Hardware & Infrastructure Acquisition
14 $1,650,000,000 Mercury Payment Vantiv Transactions Acquisition
15 $1,500,000,000 AirWatch VMWare Mobile & Apps Acquisition
16 $1,200,000,000 Multimedia Games Global Cash Access Games Acquisition
17 $1,100,000,000 Fusion-io SanDisk Hardware & Infrastructure Acquisition
18 $1,000,000,000 Ebates Rakuten Transactions Acquisition
19 $970,000,000 Twitch Amazon Games Acquisition
20 $930,000,000 TravelClick Thoma Bravo Software & Services Acquisition

More information

  1. Facebook Buying WhatsApp For $19B, Will Keep The Messaging Service Independent (TechCrunch)
  2. Vodafone completes €7.2 billion acquisition of Ono (Vodafone)
  3. Vivendi, Telefonica seal 7.2-billion-euro Brazilian broadband deal (Reuters UK)
  4. Level 3 Agrees to Buy TW Telecom in $5.7 Billion Deal (Bloomberg)
  5. Oracle buys MICROS Systems for $5.3 billion (ZDNet)
  6. Zillow To Acquire Trulia In $3.5B Stock-For-Stock Deal (TechCrunch)
  7. Google buys Nest Labs for $3.2 billion (CNN)
  8. Apple finally confirms its $3B acquisition of Beats Electronics (VentureBeat)
  9. Minecraft’ Developer Mojang Acquired by Microsoft for $2.5 Billion as Notch Moves On (TouchArcade)
  10. Compuware to Be Acquired by Thoma Bravo for $2.5 Billion (Wall Street Journal)
  11. Alliance Data to acquire Conversant for $2.3 billion (LA Times)
  12. Lenovo agrees to buy IBM’s server business for $US2.3 billion (ARN)
  13. Facebook is buying Oculus for $2B to ‘get ready for the platform of tomorrow’ (VentureBeat)
  14. Vantiv Buys Mercury Payment From Silver Lake for $1.65 Billion (Bloomberg)
  15. VMWare’s $1.5B AirWatch Buy All About Mobile Workplace (TechCrunch)
  16. Global Cash Access to Acquire Multimedia Games (Owler)
  17. SanDisk to acquire Fusion-io for $1.1BN (FinSMEs)
  18. Rakuten Buys Ebates For $1 Billion (TechCrunch)
  19. THE NEWS WRAP: Amazon acquires game streaming platform Twitch for $970 million (StartupSmart)
  20. Thoma Bravo Completes $930 Million Acquisition of TravelClick (Hotel News Resource)

Top 20 North American Deals for December 2014

Deal No. Amount Paid (USD) Company Investor/Buyer Sector Deal Type
1 $19,000,000,000 WhatsApp Facebook Mobile & Apps Acquisition
2 $5,700,000,000 TW Telecom Level 3 Software & Services Acquisition
3 $5,300,000,000 MICROS Systems Oracle Hardware & Infrastructure Acquisition
4 $3,500,000,000 Trulia Zillow Transactions Acquisition
5 $3,200,000,000 Nest Labs Google Hardware & Infrastructure Acquisition
6 $3,000,000,000 Beats Electronics Apple Hardware & Infrastructure Acquisition
7 $2,500,000,000 Compuware Thoma Bravo Software & Services Acquisition
8 $2,300,000,000 Conversant Alliance Data Marketing Acquisition
9 $2,300,000,000 IBM (x86-based server business) Lenovo Hardware & Infrastructure Acquisition
10 $2,000,000,000 Oculus VR Facebook Hardware & Infrastructure Acquisition
11 $1,650,000,000 Mercury Payment Vantiv Transactions Acquisition
12 $1,500,000,000 AirWatch VMWare Mobile & Apps Acquisition
13 $1,200,000,000 Uber Consortium Transactions Investment
14 $1,200,000,000 Uber Consortium Transactions Investment
15 $1,200,000,000 Multimedia Games Global Cash Access Games Acquisition
16 $1,200,000,000 Uber Consortium Transactions Investment
17 $1,100,000,000 Fusion-io SanDisk Hardware & Infrastructure Acquisition
18 $1,000,000,000 Ebates Rakuten Transactions Acquisition
19 $970,000,000 Twitch Amazon Games Acquisition
20 $930,000,000 TravelClick Thoma Bravo Software & Services Acquisition

More information

  1. Facebook Buying WhatsApp For $19B, Will Keep The Messaging Service Independent (TechCrunch)
  2. Level 3 Agrees to Buy TW Telecom in $5.7 Billion Deal (Bloomberg)
  3. Oracle buys MICROS Systems for $5.3 billion (ZDNet)
  4. Zillow To Acquire Trulia In $3.5B Stock-For-Stock Deal (TechCrunch)
  5. Google buys Nest Labs for $3.2 billion (CNN)
  6. Apple finally confirms its $3B acquisition of Beats Electronics (VentureBeat)
  7. Compuware to Be Acquired by Thoma Bravo for $2.5 Billion (Wall Street Journal)
  8. Alliance Data to acquire Conversant for $2.3 billion (LA Times)
  9. Lenovo agrees to buy IBM’s server business for $US2.3 billion (ARN)
  10. Facebook is buying Oculus for $2B to ‘get ready for the platform of tomorrow’ (VentureBeat)
  11. Vantiv Buys Mercury Payment From Silver Lake for $1.65 Billion (Bloomberg)
  12. VMWare’s $1.5B AirWatch Buy All About Mobile Workplace (TechCrunch)
  13. Uber Raises Giant $1.2 Billion Funding Round At A $17 Billion Valuation (TechCrunch)
  14. Uber Confirms New $1.2B Funding Round At $40B Valuation (TechCrunch)
  15. Global Cash Access to Acquire Multimedia Games (Owler)
  16. Uber Closes $1.2BN Financing Round (FinSMEs)
  17. SanDisk to acquire Fusion-io for $1.1BN (FinSMEs)
  18. Rakuten Buys Ebates For $1 Billion (TechCrunch)
  19. THE NEWS WRAP: Amazon acquires game streaming platform Twitch for $970 million (StartupSmart)
  20. Thoma Bravo Completes $930 Million Acquisition of TravelClick (Hotel News Resource)