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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…
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…
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…
GitHub acquires code analysis tool Semmle

GitHub acquires code analysis tool Semmle

Microsoft’s GitHub today announced that it has acquired Semmle, a code analysis tool that helps developers and security researchers discover potential vulnerabilities in their code. Semmle takes a lot of the manual work out of security testing and instead offers a query language that allows researchers to test their code, using the service’s analysis engine.…
Sony acquires Spider-Man and Ratchet & Clank developer Insomniac Games

Sony acquires Spider-Man and Ratchet & Clank developer Insomniac Games

Sony has announced that it’ll be acquiring Insomniac Games, the game development studio behind the Ratchet & Clank series and, most recently, Marvel’s Spider-Man for the PS4. The news isn’t totally surprising: Insomniac has long had a close relationship with Sony, developing PlayStation-exclusive titles like Spyro the Dragon, Resistance, and the aforementioned Ratchet & Clank…
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…
Blue Prism acquires UK’s Thoughtonomy for up to $100M to expand its RPA platform with more AI

Blue Prism acquires UK’s Thoughtonomy for up to $100M to expand its RPA platform...

Robotic process automation — which lets organizations shift repetitive back office tasks to machines to complete — has been a hot area of growth in the world of enterprise IT, and now one of the companies that’s making waves in the area has acquired a smaller startup to continue extending its capabilities. Blue Prism, which…
Jamf acquires Digita Security to gain native Mac security

Jamf acquires Digita Security to gain native Mac security

Jamf has been widely known as an enterprise Mac deployment and management tool company, but it has been looking for ways to expand beyond those core capabilities. One thing it heard from customers was that there was a dearth of native Mac security tools. It checked that box today, announcing it has acquired Digita Security,…
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…
Vox Media Acquires New York Magazine, Chronicler of the Highbrow and Lowbrow

Vox Media Acquires New York Magazine, Chronicler of the Highbrow and Lowbrow

ImageJim Bankoff of Vox Media and Pamela Wasserstein of New York Media on Tuesday. The two chief executives said they had decided their companies complemented each other.CreditCreditTodd Heisler/The New York TimesSept. 24, 2019, 8:53 p.m. ETAfter more than 50 years of chronicling the highbrow, lowbrow, brilliant and despicable characters of the city whose name it…

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Congress extends NSA call records collection powers to March

In passing a short-term funding bill to avoid a U.S. government shutdown, Congress has also extended the government’s legal powers allowing it to collect daily millions of Americans’ call records. Buried in a funding bill passed by the House this week was a clause that extended the government’s so-called Section 215 powers, which allow the…

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