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Digi.me raises $6.1 million from Swiss Re

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Digi.me, a UK-based startup that enables users to download their online social life and unify their social networks, has raised $6.1 million. The Series A round was led by leading reinsurance company Swiss Re. The Digi.me app allows users to back up and re-share content they have previously posted on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Flickr, LinkedIn, Google+, RSS, Pinterest and Viadeo. The app creates a searchable data journal that can keeps all social media content to ensure important online memories are safely saved. With the new funds, Digi.me aims to build a data-sharing platform that will give users more control over their content while also helping businesses gain access to user data. Instead of data harvesting, Digi.me promotes informed consent by letting people chose who and how they share their data.

Twitter acquires Magic Pony

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On its latest effort to turnaround its declining revenue, Twitter announced that it has acquired Magic Pony Technology, a London-based technology startup that can automatically sharpen low-resolution images and videos. According to Twitter, the acquisition is another step to build its machine learning capabilities, which started with the acquisitions of Madbits in 2014 and Whetlab in 2015. Magic Pony’s technology allows users to post clearer photos and videos on the Twitter platform and can also be applied to Periscope for clearer broadcasts. The acquisition was said to be worth $150 million and investors seem to be pleased with the deal as Twitter shares were up 2.2% in late afternoon trading on the New York Stock Exchange.

Twitter acquires streaming rights to NFL Thursday night games

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Twitter wins rights to digitally stream NFL’s Thursday night games for $10 million, beating Amazon and Verizon. According to analysts, this is big win for Twitter, which has been struggling to increase its user base. The video deal, which is packaged for 10 games, will allow Twitter to expand its offerings beyond the usual tweets by celebrities, politicians and media personalities. If Twitter is able to add new users to its platform, the deal could pave the way for more video deals covering other sports, politics and entertainment.

You can read about the deal here.

Top 20 Marketing Deals for December 2014

Deal No. Amount Paid (USD) Company Investor/Buyer Sector Deal Type
1 $2,300,000,000 Conversant Alliance Data Marketing Acquisition
2 $930,000,000 All3Media Discovery, Liberty Global Marketing Acquisition
3 $640,000,000 BrightRoll Yahoo Marketing Acquisition
4 $235,000,000 Adconion Amobee Marketing Acquisition
5 $175,000,000 MediaMath Consortium Marketing Investment
6 $150,000,000 Kontera Amobee Marketing Acquisition
7 $114,677,322 Nurun Publicis Groupe Marketing Acquisition
8 $100,000,000 adSage BesTV Marketing Acquisition
9 $100,000,000 TapCommerce Twitter Marketing Acquisition
10 $90,700,000 Gravity AOL Marketing Acquisition
11 $85,586,750 Base79 Rightster Marketing Acquisition
12 $80,000,000 Turn Consortium Marketing Investment
13 $70,000,000 Cardlytics Discovery Capital Marketing Investment
14 $70,000,000 AdRoll Consortium Marketing Investment
15 $60,000,000 AppNexus Undisclosed Marketing Investment
16 $54,700,000 Radius Consortium Marketing Investment
17 $50,000,000 Deem Undisclosed Marketing Investment
18 $50,000,000 Yext Consortium Marketing Investment
19 $49,000,000 Unicorn Media Brightcove Marketing Acquisition
20 $48,000,000 Avazu Consortium Marketing Investment

More information

  1. Alliance Data to acquire Conversant for $2.3 billion (LA Times)
  2. Discovery, Liberty Global Acquire All3Media in $930 Million Deal (Variety)
  3. Yahoo to Acquire BrightRoll (Yahoo)
  4. Amobee Buys Adconion For $235M And Kontera For $150M In Consolidation Play (TechCrunch)
  5. MediaMath Raises $175M (FinSMEs)
  6. Amobee Buys Adconion For $235M And Kontera For $150M In Consolidation Play (TechCrunch)
  7. (PMZN) Publicis Groupe Acquires Nurun, Global Design and Technology Consultancy, Subsidiary of Quebecor Media
    (Wall Street Journal)
  8. The company that partnered with Microsoft to sell the Xbox in China acquires digital ad agency for $100M (Tech In Asia)
  9. Twitter said to agree to acquire TapCommerce for $100 million (LiveMint)
  10. Setting Its Sights On Content Personalization, AOL To Acquire Gravity For $90.7M (TechCrunch)
  11. Rightster acquires Base79 (Advanced Television)
  12. Digital Ad Company Turn Raises $80M, Stays Vague On Possible IPO Plans (TechCrunch)
  13. Cardlytics Raises $70M in Funding (FinSMEs)
  14. AdRoll receives Series C funding round valued USD70 million (Venture Capital Post)
  15. AppNexus Raises $60M Investment (FinSMEs)
  16. Radius Raises $54.7M in Series C Funding (FinSMEs)
  17. Deem grabs $50M to help companies maximize their bottom lines (update) (VentureBeat)
  18. Local Marketing Company Yext Raises $50M More (TechCrunch)
  19. Brightcove buys Unicorn Media for $US49m (ARN)
  20. Avazu Closes $48M in Series A Financing (FinSMEs)