Tag: acquisition

Coursera acquires Rhyme Softworks, unveils Coursera Labs

Coursera, an online learning portal that offers 14 degrees and 3,600 courses from 190 university and industry partners, today announced that it’s acquired Rhyme Softworks, a software startup developing what it describes as a platform for hands-on projects. The terms of the deal weren’t disclosed, but Coursera CEO Jeff Maggioncalda said that Rhyme’s soon-to-be-expanded Bulgaria […]

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Sphero acquires modular electronics company LittleBits

Sphero, the nine-year-old Colorado-based company best known for its lineup of programmable robots, this week completed a major acquisition that catapults it to the top of the burgeoning science, technology, engineering, arts, and math (STEAM) product market. Today, the company announced it has purchased New York City-based modular electronics startup LittleBits for an undisclosed sum, […]

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VMware acquires Pivotal and Carbon Black for nearly $5 billion

VMware said on Thursday it bought two software companies in separate deals valued at about $5 billion, looking to expand the range of products and services it offers to its corporate clients. In a deal brokered by Dell Technologies, VMware bought Pivotal Software for $2.7 billion. Dell is a controlling stakeholder in both companies. Separately, […]

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Broadcom acquires Symantec’s enterprise division for $10.7 billion

(Reuters) — Chipmaker Broadcom said on Thursday it will buy antivirus software maker Symantec’s enterprise security unit for $10.7 billion in cash to scale up its software business through deals. Shares of Symantec rose 3.6% and Broadcom 2% in extended trading. Broadcom last year bought U.S. business software maker CA for $18.9 billion and was […]

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Ford acquires Quantum Signal to bolster autonomous car effort

Mere months after Ford announced it would collaborate with Agility Robotics to explore a range of autonomous home package delivery concepts, the automaker revealed that it’s acquiring a firm whose bread and butter is self-guided machines, modeling, and simulation. Ford purchased Quantum Signal for an undisclosed amount, a 20-year-old company behind computer-generated environments (ANVEL) used […]

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Microsoft acquires BlueTalon to bolster data governance offerings

Microsoft today announced that it has acquired BlueTalon, a cross-platform data access control solutions provider headquartered in Redwood City, California, for an undisclosed amount. In a blog post, corporate vice president of Azure Data Rohan Kumar said the deal will “enhance” Microsoft’s ability to “empower enterprises across industries to digitally transform” while “ensuring right use […]

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Ultrahaptics acquires AR/VR pioneer Leap Motion for only $30 million

Leap Motion publicly established itself as a pioneer in VR hand-tracking controls and DIY augmented reality gear, but reportedly didn’t generate much revenue — one reason its valuation sank from $300 to $30 million as it entertained buyout offers from companies including Apple. Today, U.K.-based Ultrahaptics partially confirmed a Wall Street Journal report that it’s acquiring Leap Motion, […]

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