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Apple investing in Augmented Reality

Commentary
After months of speculation, Apple finally confirmed its acquisition of FaceShift, a Swiss-based visual effects startup responsible for the motion-capture technology used in the new Star Wars movie. FaceShift specialises in software that allows 3D animated avatars to mimic the facial expressions of a person. Why would Apple buy FaceShift since it’s not an obvious fit for Apple’s current line of principally consumer technologies. Experts predict that Apple could be preparing to move into the realm of Augmented Reality (AR). In addition to FaceShift, Apple has also recently purchased AR technology-related companies namely, Primesense, Polar Rose and Metaio. With these acquisitions, Apple stakeholders can now be assured that the tech giant is taking the AR trend very seriously.

Top 20 Software & Services Deals for December 2013

Deal No. Amount Paid (USD) Company Investor/Buyer Sector Deal Type
1 $1,260,000,000 Brightstar SoftBank Software & Services Investment
2 $800,000,000 Trusteer IBM Software & Services Acquisition
3 $475,000,000 Intucell Cisco Software & Services Acquisition
4 $354,000,000 PrimeSense Apple Software & Services Acquisition
5 $324,000,000 The 41st Parameter Experian Software & Services Investment
6 $250,000,000 Spotify Technology Crossover Ventures Software & Services Investment
7 $196,500,000 Palantir Technologies Undisclosed Software & Services Investment
8 $170,000,000 Gracenote Tribune Software & Services Acquisition
9 $155,000,000 Skyfire Opera Software & Services Acquisition
10 $150,000,000 MongoDB Consortium Software & Services Investment
11 $150,000,000 SevOne Bain Capital Software & Services Investment
12 $150,000,000 Pure Storage Consortium Software & Services Investment
13 $150,000,000 Xero Consortium Software & Services Investment
14 $136,000,000 BankLink MYOB Finance NZ Software & Services Acquisition
15 $130,000,000 Vocalocity Vonage Software & Services Acquisition
16 $130,000,000 Soluto Asurion Software & Services Acquisition
17 $111,622,500 Softonic Partners Group Software & Services Investment
18 $110,000,000 Directi Endurance International Software & Services Acquisition
19 $107,800,000 Palantir Technologies Undisclosed Software & Services Investment
20 $105,000,000 Pivotal Labs GE Software & Services Investment

More information

  1. Brightstar Receives $1.26BN Investment from SoftBank (FinSMEs)
  2. IBM Buys Israel/US Cybersecurity Specialist Trusteer For $800M-$1B (TechCrunch)
  3. Cisco acquires Intucell for US$475m (SiliconRepublic)
  4. Apple reportedly acquires Kinect-tech maker PrimeSense for $345M (Venture Beat)
  5. Experian to buy 41st Parameter in $324m deal (The Financial Times)
  6. Technology Crossover Ventures Funds All Of Spotify’s $250M International Growth Round (TechCrunch)
  7. Palantir Technologies Raises $196.5M in Funding (FinSMEs)
  8. Tribune To Acquire Sony Audio Recognition Unit Gracenote For $170 Million (TechCrunch)
  9. Opera buys Skyfire for $155M to trim carriers’ mobile video burden
    (VentureBeat)
  10. MongoDB Raises $150M in Financing (FinSMEs)
  11. SevOne To Go For IPO, Raises $150 Million From Bain Capital To Expand P2P IT Monitoring (Techcrunch)
  12. Pure Storage Raises $150M And Sets For Battle With The Storage Giants (TechCrunch)
  13. Xero to Intuit: I have $150M in funding — now gimme all your customers (Venture Beat)
  14. MYOB acquires NZ firm for $136m (The Channel)
  15. Vonage Acquires Vocalocity For $130 Million (Pulse2.0)
  16. Cloud-Based Device Management Startup Soluto Acquired By Device Insurers Asurion For Up To $130M (TechCrunch)
  17. Software download portal Softonic receives reported €82.5 million investment from Partners Group (The Next Web)
  18. Directi Acquired for $ 110 mn by Endurance International (NextBigWhat.com)
  19. Palantir’s Latest Round Valuing It At $9B Swells To $107.8M In New Funding (TechCrunch)
  20. GE Puts $105M Into Pivotal, The New EMC And VMware Platform Initiative, But Here’s What It Is Missing (Techcrunch)

Top 20 Rest of the World Deals for December 2013

Deal No. Amount Paid (USD) Company Investor/Buyer Sector Deal Type
1 $1,100,000,000 Waze Google Mobile & Apps Acquisition
2 $354,000,000 PrimeSense Apple Software & Services Acquisition
3 $130,000,000 Soluto Asurion Software & Services Acquisition
4 $89,000,000 WebMotors Carsales.com Transactions Acquisition
5 $70,000,000 Drafiti Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Ecommerce Investment
6 $40,000,000 Nolio Consortium Software & Services Acquisition
7 $35,000,000 Jumia Millicom International Cellular S.A. Ecommerce Investment
8 $30,000,000 Boxee Samsung Software & Services Acquisition
9 $30,000,000 PSafe Consortium Software & Services Investment
10 $28,000,000 Moovit Consortium Mobile & Apps Investment
11 $26,000,000 Jumia Summit Partners Ecommerce Investment
12 $20,000,000 Mobly The Cisneros Group Ecommerce Investment
13 $20,000,000 HotelUrbano Insight Venture Partners Transactions Investment
14 $15,000,000 EasyTaxi Latin America Internet Holding Transactions Investment
15 $14,500,000 Treato Consortium Software & Services Investment
16 $13,300,000 Restorando Consortium Software & Services Investment
17 $13,000,000 Zerto Consortium Software & Services Investment
18 $13,000,000 Namshi Summit Partners Ecommerce Investment
19 $12,000,000 GetTaxi Kreos Capital Transactions Investment
20 $12,000,000 TabTale Consortium Games Investment

More information

  1. Google Bought Waze For $1.1B, Giving A Social Data Boost To Its Mapping Business (Techcrunch)
  2. Apple reportedly acquires Kinect-tech maker PrimeSense for $345M (Venture Beat)
  3. Cloud-Based Device Management Startup Soluto Acquired By Device Insurers Asurion For Up To $130M (TechCrunch)
  4. Carsales.com eyes growth in Brazil (My Wealth News)
  5. Dafiti Raises $70M (FinSMEs)
  6. Report: CA Technologies To Buy Enterprise App Deployment And Management Company Nolio For Over $40M (Techcrunch)
  7. JUMIA RAISES $35M IN FUNDING (FinSMEs)
  8. Streaming Entertainment Startup Boxee Acquired By Samsung For Around $30M (Techcrunch)
  9. Brazilian Antivirus Startup PSafe Raises $30M Series C From China’s Qihoo 360 And Redpoint e.ventures (TechCrunch)
  10. Moovit Closes $28M Funding (FinSMEs)
  11. Summit Partners Puts $26M Into Samwer Brothers’ African Amazon Clone Jumia (TechCrunch)
  12. Mobly, Rocket Internet’s Home Furnishings Site In Brazil, Raises Up To $20M From LatAm Media Giant Cisneros Group (Techcrunch)
  13. Brazilian Vacation Bookings Goliath HotelUrbano Gets $20M Third Round Led By IVP (TechCrunch)
  14. Rocket Internet Revs Up Easy Taxi, Its Latin American Hailo, With $15M In Funding (Techcrunch)
  15. Treato Secures $14.5M in Funding (FinSMEs)
  16. With $13.3M In New Funding, Restorando Aims To Be The OpenTable Of Latin America (TechCrunch)
  17. Zerto Closes $13M Series C Financing (FinSMEs)
  18. Namshi Raises $13M in Funding (FinSMEs)
  19. GetTaxi Raises Another $12 Million, Launches G-Car Service To Take On Uber In New York City (TechCrunch)
  20. Tabtale’s girly pink apps for kids attract 220M downloads and $12M (Venture Beat)

Top 20 Software & Services Deals for October 2013

Deal No. Amount Paid (USD) Company Investor/Buyer Sector Deal Type
1 $1,260,000,000 Brightstar SoftBank Software & Services Investment
2 $800,000,000 Trusteer IBM Software & Services Acquisition
3 $475,000,000 Intucell Cisco Software & Services Acquisition
4 $354,000,000 PrimeSense Apple Software & Services Acquisition
5 $324,000,000 The 41st Parameter Experian Software & Services Investment
6 $250,000,000 Spotify Technology Crossover Ventures Software & Services Investment
7 $196,500,000 Palantir Technologies Undisclosed Software & Services Investment
8 $155,000,000 Skyfire Opera Software & Services Acquisition
9 $150,000,000 SevOne Bain Capital Software & Services Investment
10 $150,000,000 Pure Storage Consortium Software & Services Investment
11 $150,000,000 MongoDB Consortium Software & Services Investment
12 $150,000,000 Xero Consortium Software & Services Investment
13 $136,000,000 BankLink MYOB Finance NZ Software & Services Acquisition
14 $130,000,000 Vocalocity Vonage Software & Services Acquisition
15 $130,000,000 Soluto Asurion Software & Services Acquisition
16 $111,622,500 Softonic Partners Group Software & Services Investment
17 $110,000,000 Directi Endurance International Software & Services Acquisition
18 $105,000,000 Pivotal Labs GE Software & Services Investment
19 $103,000,000 Lynda.com Accel Partners, Spectrum Equity Software & Services Investment
20 $103,000,000 Confio SolarWinds Software & Services Acquisition
  1. Brightstar Receives $1.26BN Investment from SoftBank (FinSMEs)
  2. IBM Buys Israel/US Cybersecurity Specialist Trusteer For $800M-$1B (TechCrunch)
  3. Cisco acquires Intucell for US$475m (SiliconRepublic)
  4. Apple reportedly acquires Kinect-tech maker PrimeSense for $345M (Venture Beat)
  5. Experian to buy 41st Parameter in $324m deal (The Financial Times)
  6. Technology Crossover Ventures Funds All Of Spotify’s $250M International Growth Round (TechCrunch)
  7. Palantir Technologies Raises $196.5M in Funding (FinSMEs)
  8. Opera buys Skyfire for $155M to trim carriers’ mobile video burden
    (VentureBeat)
  9. SevOne To Go For IPO, Raises $150 Million From Bain Capital To Expand P2P IT Monitoring (Techcrunch)
  10. Pure Storage Raises $150M And Sets For Battle With The Storage Giants (TechCrunch)
  11. MongoDB Raises $150M in Financing (FinSMEs)
  12. Xero to Intuit: I have $150M in funding — now gimme all your customers (Venture Beat)
  13. MYOB acquires NZ firm for $136m (The Channel)
  14. Vonage Acquires Vocalocity For $130 Million (Pulse2.0)
  15. Cloud-Based Device Management Startup Soluto Acquired By Device Insurers Asurion For Up To $130M (TechCrunch)
  16. Software download portal Softonic receives reported €82.5 million investment from Partners Group (The Next Web)
  17. Directi Acquired for $ 110 mn by Endurance International (NextBigWhat.com)
  18. GE Puts $105M Into Pivotal, The New EMC And VMware Platform Initiative, But Here’s What It Is Missing (Techcrunch)
  19. Learning firm Lynda.com wins $103 mln investment from Accel, Spectrum (Reuters)
  20. SolarWinds buys software maker for $103M (Biz Journal)