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AppLovin acquires SafeDK to improve brand safety

AppLovin acquires SafeDK to improve brand safety

Mobile marketing company AppLovin is announcing that it has acquired SafeDK. While AppLovin started out as a mobile ad business, it now bills itself as “a comprehensive mobile gaming platform,” offering tools for game developers around user acquisition, monetization, analytics and (through Lion Studios, launched last year) publishing. SafeDK, meanwhile, allows developers to manage all…
Yandex-Uber JV MLU acquires regional rival Vezet for shares and $71.5M in cash

Yandex-Uber JV MLU acquires regional rival Vezet for shares and $71.5M in cash

On-demand transportation giant Uber made its name in part by aggressively entering new markets on a path of organic growth, but in recent times, it has shown itself more amenable to the concept of expansion through acquisition. Today, MLU, Uber’s ride-sharing and food delivery JV with Yandex (by way of Yandex .taxi) covering cities in…
Apple acquires Intel’s 5G smartphone modem business for $1 billion

Apple acquires Intel’s 5G smartphone modem business for $1 billion

bye bye, qualcomm — Apple will likely now develop its own 5G modems for future iPhones. Samuel Axon - Jul 25, 2019 10:07 pm UTC Enlarge / From left to right: the iPhone 8, the iPhone XS, the iPhone XR, and the iPhone XS Max.Samuel AxonApple today announced that it will acquire the majority of…
WeWork acquires Waltz, an app that lets users access different spaces with a single credential

WeWork acquires Waltz, an app that lets users access different spaces with a single...

WeWork announced today that it will acquire Waltz, a building access and security management startup, for an undisclosed amount. Waltz’s smartphone app and reader allows users to enter different properties with a single credential and will make it easier for WeWork’s enterprise clients, such as GE Healthcare and Microsoft, to manage their employees’ on-demand memberships…
Atlassian acquires Code Barrel, makers of Automation for Jira

Atlassian acquires Code Barrel, makers of Automation for Jira

Atlassian today announced that it has acquired Code Barrel, the makers of Automation for Jira, a low-code tool for easily automating many aspects of Jira that’s also one of the most popular add-ons for Jira Software and Jira Service Desk in Atlassian’s marketplace. The two companies did not disclose the price of the acquisition. Sydney-based…
Fair acquires Canvas from Ford to expand its on-demand vehicle subscription business

Fair acquires Canvas from Ford to expand its on-demand vehicle subscription business

Fair, the $1.2 billion startup backed by SoftBank that has built a smartphone-based car leasing platform that lets people takes cars for as little as one month, is making another acquisition in the ongoing consolidation of the short-term car rental market. It’s picking up Canvas, another platform for leasing cars, from its owner Ford Motor…
OpenGov acquires ViewPoint Cloud, adding building codes and permitting to its platform

OpenGov acquires ViewPoint Cloud, adding building codes and permitting to its platform

In the same week that it announced a $51 million round of funding, OpenGov — the startup that provides SaaS software designed to help governments and other civic organizations run their operations — is announcing an acquisition to expand the kinds of tools it provides to customers. The company has acquired ViewPoint, a platform used…
Alibaba acquires NetEase Kaola in deal worth $2 billion

Alibaba acquires NetEase Kaola in deal worth $2 billion

Alibaba Group has acquired NetEase Kaola for $2 billion, the two companies said today, and will integrate it into Tmall, creating the largest cross-border e-commerce platform in China. The announcement follows weeks of media reports about a potential deal, which was said to have stalled in the middle of August after the companies reportedly disagreed…
Amazon acquires flash-based cloud storage startup E8 Storage

Amazon acquires flash-based cloud storage startup E8 Storage

Amazon has acquired Israeli storage tech startup E8 Storage, as first reported by Reuters, CNBC and Globes and confirmed by TechCrunch. The acquisition will bring the team and technology from E8 in to Amazon’s existing Amazon Web Services center in Tel Aviv, per reports. E8 Storage’s particular focus was on building storage hardware that employs…
MediaLab acquires messaging app Kik, expanding its app portfolio

MediaLab acquires messaging app Kik, expanding its app portfolio

Popular messaging app Kik is, indeed, “here to stay” following an acquisition by the Los Angeles-based multimedia holding company, MediaLab. It echoes the same message from Kik’s chief executive Tim Livingston last week when he rebuffed earlier reports that the company would shut down amid an ongoing battle with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Livingston…

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Today’s Cartoon: Drone Down

Monday, April 6, 2020. By Drew Panckeri, with cartooncollections.com. If you’re in the market for a new drone, WIRED has recommendations to fit every budget. Every weekday, WIRED publishes a new cartoon about the worlds of science and technology. Check back here for more laughs throughout the week. And if that's still not enough, you…

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