Consumers Win Some, Lose Some in Privacy Legal Tussles


The Walt Disney Company’s recent decision to purchase major assets of 21st Century Fox in a transaction valued at $52 billion underscores the huge potential for distributing information and entertainment via the Internet. The deal will allow the company to improve its direct-to-consumer offerings, Disney said when it disclosed the transaction early last month. Digital distribution through personal devices naturally creates an opportunity for providers not only to generate entertainment revenue, but also to obtain valuable data on customers.

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Tech Q&A: Hide online shopping purchases during the holidays, best tablet apps for Mom

Want to know how to hide online shopping purchase during the holidays, the best tablet apps for Mom, and how to broadcast using Facebook Live? Then read this column.

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SolarCity Deal Would Take Tesla Where No Company Has Gone Before


Tesla Motors on Monday announced that it has reached an agreement to purchase SolarCity. The deal could create the world’s first vertically integrated sustainable energy company. The merger would drive efforts to develop rooftop solar systems, and better storage batteries for homes and businesses, as well as electric vehicles. It would, in essence, tie together Elon Musk’s sustainable energy businesses. The purchase of SolarCity would be an all-stock transaction with an equity value of $2.6 billion, according to Tesla.

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Verizon wants to run every part of your life

The ink is barely dry on Verizon’s $4.8 billion purchase of Yahoo’s core operating assets. But Verizon announced another notable acquisition on Monday, the purchase of Ireland-based vehicle tracking firm Fleetmatics for $2.4 billion.

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The Microsoft-LinkedIn CRM Connection


With its $26 billion purchase of LinkedIn, Microsoft may be setting itself up to tackle Salesforce head-on for CRM dominance. The purchase also might help Microsoft compete more aggressively with other major CRM providers, such as SAP and Oracle. The LinkedIn purchase “is key to our bold ambition to reinvent productivity and business processes,” CEO Satya Nadella told Microsoft employees. How people find jobs, build skills, sell, market and get work done — and ultimately, achieve success, “requires a connected professional world,” he said.

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Nokia Buys Into Digital Health


Nokia on Tuesday announced plans to purchase Withings for $192 million in cash as part of its move into the healthcare devices arena. The deal is expected to close in early Q3, and Withings will become part of the Nokia Technologies business. “We have said consistently that digital health was an area of strategic interest to Nokia, and we are now taking concrete action to tap the opportunity in this large and important market,” Nokia CEO Rajeev Suri said.

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Chatbots Drive Shopify's Kit CRM Deal


Shopify on Wednesday announced that it has agreed to purchase Kit CRM, whose Kit chatbot automatically sends out marketing text messages for online stores. It also lets businesses run targeted ads on Facebook and Instagram, make recommendations based on store activities, post on social media and use functionality provided by other social media apps, Shopify CMO Craig Miller said. Kit last month released an API that lets it interact with other apps in the Shopify App Store.

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Logitech expands audio portfolio with $50M Jaybird acquisition

Article Image Accessories manufacturer Logitech on Tuesday announced an agreement to purchase Utah-based earbud maker Jaybird, known for its “active” style wireless headphone designs, in a deal worth some $50 million in cash.

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Why you’re better off waiting a few more months to upgrade your GPU

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If you’re considering a new GPU in the near future you may want to hold off that purchase. Current cards offer solid performance, but the next generation of 14/16nm cards is looking exceptional.

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Foxconn Finally Wrangles Sharp Deal


Foxconn has agreed to purchase a controlling stake in Sharp — about 66 percent — for roughly $3.5 billion, the companies announced Wednesday. Foxconn has committed to restoring Sharp’s profitability and improving operations, according to the companies. “I am confident that we will unlock Sharp’s true potential,” Foxconn CEO Terry Gou said. The acquisition brings months of speculation and rumors to a close and marks a new era in a relationship that has endured years.

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Dell Sells IT Services to Raise Cash for EMC Deal


NTT Data on Monday announced in a regulatory filing that it has agreed to purchase Dell’s IT services business for just over $3 billion. Dell reportedly agreed to the sale to help finance its pending $67 billion purchase of EMC. It has 28 bankers underwriting $10 billion of its financing package for the deal, which began with eight banks, but “Dell reported in previous public filings that it would consider divestitures as it worked to finalize its acquisition of EMC,” Dell spokesperson David Frink pointed out.

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Microsoft reportedly buys SwiftKey for $250M as part of AI buildout

Article Image Microsoft is looking to expand on its artificial intelligence assets with the reported purchase of UK-based developer SwiftKey, makers of the popular cross-platform predictive keyboard powered by neural networking.

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AOL Buys AlephD to Boost Publisher Support


AOL on Monday announced that it has agreed to purchase AlephD as it ramps up efforts to boost its key assets: its global content brands, millennial-focused over-the-top content, original video content, and programmatic advertising platforms. AlephD’s algorithms focus on publisher analytics and price floor optimization. They let publishers control and optimize the pricing and packaging of their inventory to maximize revenue. The company also helps publishers find the optimal price for deals.

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Foxconn Makes $5.3B Bid for Sharp


Foxconn Technology Group has offered as much as $5.3 billion to purchase Sharp, according to media reports this week. Foxconn, formally known as “Hon Hai Precision Industry Co.,” is said to have offered between $5.1 billion, or 600 billion yen, and $5.3 billion, or 625 million yen. A response to the offer is not expected before the end of January, as the discussions are private. Shares of Sharp were up last week amid reports that Foxconn was interested in making a major investment in the company.

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Microsoft to Add Secure Islands to Its Cloud


Microsoft on Tuesday announced that it has agreed to purchase data security firm Secure Islands. It will pay between $78 million and $150 million, according to reports, but company spokesperson Joel Sider declined to disclose the terms of the acquisition, which requires regulatory approval. Secure Islands’ products will be integrated into the Azure Rights Management Service, but current clients can continue using its products for now, Microsoft said.

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Activision to buy 'Candy Crush' developer King Digital for $5.9B

Article Image Gaming giant Activision Blizzard late Monday announced an agreement to purchase all outstanding shares of Candy Crush Saga developer King Digital Entertainment in a deal worth $5.9 billion.

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OMB Prohibits 'Wasteful' PC Purchasing Practices


Consumers who purchase desktop or laptop computers are able to select various options, such as screen size or type of processor. When it comes to paying for the device, however, each consumer has the buying leverage of exactly one. If the customer is the U.S. government, which buys computers by the truckload, the transaction surely involves a lot of pricing leverage for bulk purchasing. Well, not really, says OMB, which has launched a program to change the way federal agencies purchase personal computers.

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Apple TV now available for preorder, first deliveries arrive Friday

Article Image As promised, the new fourth-generation Apple TV became available for purchase Monday, with the first orders scheduled to arrive beginning this Friday, Oct. 30.

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Apple buys machine learning firm Perceptio, suggests development of imaging AI

Article Image Apple on Monday confirmed the purchase of machine learning firm Perceptio, a startup focused on bringing advanced image-classifying artificial intelligence to smartphones with minimal data overhead.

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