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announced 11/28/2016 via New York Times

CNN Worldwide, will acquire Beme

synopsis: CNN has agreed to acquire the technology and talent behind Beme, the social media app built and started by YouTuber Vlogger Casey Neistat and Matt Hackett, a former vice president of engineering at Tumblr. Beme’s 12 employees will join CNN as part of the deal, the terms of which were not publicly disclosed.
buyer parent: Time Warner, Inc.
buyer: CNN Worldwide
CNN Worldwide is the most trusted source for news and information. Its reach extends to nine cable and satellite television networks; one private place-based network; two radio networks; mobile applications and websites around the world; and more. "
target: Beme
Beme was intended to be a social sharing application that Co-Founder and Youtube Vlogger, Casey Neistat, described as “more authentic,” a way of putting four-second bursts of video out into the social sphere without giving users the ability to edit or tweak the content.
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closed 11/25/2019 via Company Press Release

Glance Digital Experience Private Limited, acquired Roposo

synopsis: Glance, India’s fastest growing and the third-largest content platform, announced the acquisition of Roposo, a Tiger Global and Bertelsmann backed short-video platform. Roposo is India's favorite video sharing app and allows users to share videos & images using over 25+ Channels on the platform.
buyer parent: InMobi
buyer: Glance Digital Experience Private Limited
With Glance, each time a user glances at their mobile phone, the Android lock-screen service shows high-quality, short-form content that’s sure to grab attention. India-based Glance is a service that comes pre-installed on mobile phones manufactured by Samsung, Xiaomi, Gionee, and Vivo. "
target: Roposo
Roposo is India's favorite video sharing app. Get the best from people from all over the country all the time. India’s best app, Roposo, is free to download, and allows users to share videos & images using over 25+ Channels on the platform.
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closed 10/23/2019 via BNC Analysis

MediaLab, acquired Kik Interactive, Inc.

synopsis: Kik Messenger, an app developed by Kik Interactive, has officially been acquired by US-based holding company MediaLab. Kik Messenger is an instant messaging application for phones. Kik Messenger helps users to connect with friends via real-time messaging.
buyer: MediaLab
MediaLab is a Santa Monica-based holding company that was founded in 2018. It holds a number of internet brands including the Whisper, an online platform where people share thoughts and feelings anonymously, and DatPiff, a launchpad for hip hop artists. "
target: Kik Interactive, Inc.
Kik Interactive, Inc. develops Kik Messenger, an instant messaging application for phones. Kik Messenger helps users to connect with friends via real-time messaging. Kik Messenger lets users stay in touch with all of their friends, no matter what device is being used.
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closed 11/29/2017 via BNC Analysis

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., acquired Fluenty Inc.

synopsis: Samsung Electronics has acquired South Korean startup Fluenty, which specialises in conversational artificial intelligence (AI). Fluenty, which was founded by former search giant Naver and Daum developers, has an app that suggests the best text reply based on AI technology.
buyer: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (KOSE:A005930:$216,088.25)
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. inspires the world and shapes the future with transformative ideas and technologies, redefining the worlds of TVs, smartphones, wearable devices, tablets, cameras, digital appliances, printers, medical equipment, network systems, and semiconductor and LED solutions. "
target: Fluenty Inc.
Fluenty is app that suggests the best text reply based on AI technology. It was launched in the US in 2015 and South Korea in 2016. The service supports chat apps such as KakaoTalk, Telegram, Facebook Messenger, and Line.
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announced 9/22/2017 via Company Press Release

LINK Mobility AS, will acquire Archynet s.r.l.

synopsis: LINK Mobility Group ASA, one of Europe’s leading and fastest growing providers of B2C mobile messaging and mobile services, has entered into a term sheet regarding the acquisition of Italian mobile messaging and marketing company Archynet s.r.l. (Totalconnect).
buyer: LINK Mobility AS (OB:LINK:$163.74)
LINK Mobility Group is the largest provider of mobile solutions for businesses in the Nordic market. They provide services for SMS gateway solutions , Mobile Payment, mobile communication, CRM database, lookup and more. "
target: Archynet s.r.l.
Archynet s.r.l. (Totalconnect) is an Italian mobile messaging company. Totalconnect was established in 1998, and is located in Turin in Italy. Totalconnect has a strong position in the Italian market with direct interconnect with the Italian mobile operators.
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$2.97
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closed 3/24/2017 via GlobeNewswire

Mara Social Media, acquired Nimbuzz

synopsis: Mara Social Media, an African multi-channel platform of online and mobile tech innovations that are designed to connect people across emerging markets, announced that it has acquired global platform Nimbuzz. Nimbuzz is a cross-platform mobile calling and messaging app. The app can be installed on computers, mobile phones, smartphones, and tablets.
buyer parent: Mara Group
buyer: Mara Social Media
Mara Social Media is an African multi-channel platform of online and mobile tech innovations that are designed to connect people across emerging markets. "
target: Nimbuzz
Nimbuzz, initially released in May 2008 is a powerful cross-platform mobile calling and messaging app. The app can be installed on computers, mobile phones, smartphones, and tablets. Nimbuzz offers its users the ability to make voice and video calls, enable chat and file sharing worldwide.
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closed 7/8/2016 via Company Press Release

LINK Mobility AS, purchased Mobile Messaging Business from Globalmouth AB

synopsis: LINK Mobility, the largest provider of mobile solutions for businesses in the Nordic market, has acquired Globalmouth AB’s mobile messaging business, Globalmouth Marketing AB. This further strengthens its position as the leading provider of B2C mobile messaging and mobile solutions in the Scandinavian and Baltic markets.
buyer: LINK Mobility AS (OB:LINK:$163.74)
LINK Mobility Group is the largest provider of mobile solutions for businesses in the Nordic market. They provide services for SMS gateway solutions , Mobile Payment, mobile communication, CRM database, lookup and more. "
seller: Globalmouth AB
Globalmouth Marketing AB is Globalmouth AB's mobile messaging business. Globalmouth is a mobile specialist that helps companies and organizations to enhance their business with mobile solutions, such as responsive- or mobile websites and web or native apps.
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closed 6/16/2016 via Company Press Release

Microsoft Corporation, acquired Wand Labs, Inc.

synopsis: Microsoft has acquired messaging app developer Wand Labs. This acquisition accelerates Microsofts vision and strategy for Conversation as a Platform.
buyer: Microsoft Corporation (MSFT:$143,015.00)
Microsoft is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential. Microsoft develops, manufactures, licenses, and supports a range of software products and services for various computing devices worldwide. "
target: Wand Labs, Inc.
Wand Labs looks to tear down app walls, integrate services in chat and make them work together so their clients can do more with less taps. Access news and social media and make plans all within Wand.
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closed 7/12/2016 via BusinessWire

mBlox Inc. merged with CLX Communications,

synopsis: CLX Communications announced that it has acquired Mblox Inc. Mblox is one of the largest application-to-person (A2P) mobile messaging providers globally processing more than 7 billion messages in 2015.
buyer: CLX Communications (OM:CLX:$369.54)
CLX Communications is a leading provider of cloud-based communications services and solutions to enterprises and mobile operators. Mobile communications services from CLX make it possible for enterprises to communicate globally with people and connected devices. "
target: mBlox Inc.
Mblox is the largest independent application-to-person (A2P) mobile messaging provider in the world, trusted by more companies to carry their mission-critical traffic than any other service.
price ($mm)
$117
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$140
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$7
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0.8x
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17.0x
announced 2/10/2016 via BNC Analysis

Lycos Internet Limited, will acquire MySMS

synopsis: Lycos, the global Internet brand, announced its intent to acquire an Austrian company, TriTelA Gmbh, which owns the asset – mysms™ messenger, a messenger that synchronizes SMSes and instant messages between a wide range of mobile, web and desktop platforms.
buyer: Lycos Internet Limited (BSE:532368:$325.42)
Lycos Internet Limited has evolved from one of the first search engines on the web into a digital media powerhouse with three major divisions: LYCOS Media, LYCOS Advertising, and LYCOS Life (consumer products division). The company employs over 500 people working out of 24 offices worldwide. "
target: MySMS
MySMS is a messenger that synchronizes SMSes and instant messages between a wide range of mobile, web and desktop platforms – all through a single cloud-based account. It already has three million users and synchronizes several hundred millions of messages.
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closed 1/20/2016 via PR Newswire

Spotify Ltd, acquired Cord Project Inc.

synopsis: Cord Project will be joining Spotify, a music platform. Cord Project designs and builds products exploring audio on today's and tomorrow's connected devices. Their flagship product, Cord, is an incredibly simple, one tap voice messaging platform built for phones, tablets, and watches on iOS and Android.
buyer: Spotify Ltd (SPOT:$7,317.18)
Spotify brings the right music for every moment – on computers, mobiles, tablets, home entertainment systems, cars, gaming consoles and more. Create and listen to playlists for free or subscribe to Premium for on-demand access at the highest audio quality – with zero ads. "
target: Cord Project Inc.
Cord Project is a small team of designers and engineers exploring audio communication on today's and tomorrow's connected devices. Cord lets users send short voice messages to one person, a small group, or the world. It’s a simple, fast and fun way to talk on the phone again.
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closed 6/26/2015 via BNC Analysis

Lyft, acquired Leo

synopsis: Lyft, a peer-to-peer transportation platform that connects passengers who need rides with drivers willing to provide rides using their own personal vehicles, has acquired the team behind Leo, a disappearing messaging app for one-on-one or group conversations.
buyer: Lyft (:$3,615.96)
Lyft is a peer-to-peer transportation platform that connects passengers who need rides with drivers willing to provide rides using their own personal vehicles. Lyft was started with the mission of building a p2p transportation solution that makes cities safer, more affordable and better connected. "
target: Leo
Leo is the fastest and easiest way to share moments of life with family and friends. Connect with people through short-lived photos, videos and texts, captured in the moment. Messages disappear a few seconds after viewing them.
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closed 1/22/2015 via BusinessWire

SignalShare LLC, acquired Chorus.im

synopsis: SignalShare has acquired Mountain View-based Incubite Inc., developer of the cross-platform messaging app, Chorus.im. The acquisition, which provides SignalShare with the engineering talent and HTML-based messaging IP to advance its Live-Fi nGage product suite, will help to accelerate browser-based fan engagement at live events.
buyer parent: SignalPoint Communications, Inc.
buyer: SignalShare LLC
SignalShare specializes in mobile engagement for mass audiences. The company optimizes wireless networks and empowers data-driven digital marketing initiatives to help organizers of large-scale live events connect with fans and guests in entirely new ways. "
target: Chorus.im
Chorus.im, developed by Incubite, Inc., is the only personal messenger application that allows users to start browser-based text chats with ANY person or group. This is unlike other messaging apps which only let users text other existing members.
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closed 10/28/2014 via BNC Analysis

New Call Telecom Ltd, acquired Nimbuzz

synopsis: New Call Telecom, a UK-based Internet service provider, has acquired a 70% stake in India-headquartered Nimbuzz, a free call and messaging app for the connected generation. Nimbuzz combines the powers of the Internet and mobile communications into one, and lets users make calls, send messages and share files, on any mobile device, for free.
buyer: New Call Telecom Ltd
New Call Telecom is a young, dynamic telecommunications provider. They create affordable connectivity for all by providing straightforward, great value fixed-lines, broadband and phone calls to their customers through their five brilliant brands. "
target: Nimbuzz
Nimbuzz is a free call and messaging app for the connected generation. Nimbuzz combines the powers of the Internet and mobile communications into one, and lets users make calls, send messages and share files, on any mobile device, for free.
price ($mm)
$175*
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$30
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8.3x
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closed 10/3/2014 via BNC Analysis

Yahoo! Inc., acquired MessageMe

synopsis: Yahoo has acquired mobile messaging application MessageMe, a Whatsapp-like service with $11.9 million in reported outside funding. Co-founders Arjun Sethi and Justin Rosenthal had extensive experience in social gaming prior to founding MessageMe.
buyer: Yahoo! Inc. (AABA:$5,409.25)
Yahoo! Inc. is the premier digital media company, creating deeply personal digital experiences that keep more than half a billion people connected to what matters most to them, across devices and around the globe. "
target: MessageMe
MessageMe is a mobile messenger application enabling users to personalize their messages and connect with others.
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closed 9/25/2014 via Company Press Release

HootSuite Media, Inc., acquired Zeetl Inc.

synopsis: Hootsuite, the world’s most widely used social media relationship platform, has acquired Zeetl, a social telephony and messaging platform that allows its users to call and message their Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn etc friends for free without a need to know or dial phone numbers.
buyer: HootSuite Media, Inc.
HootSuite Media is a social media management system for businesses and organizations to collaboratively execute campaigns across multiple social networks from one secure, web-based dashboard. Users can launch marketing campaigns, identify and grow audience, and distribute targeted messages. "
target: Zeetl Inc.
Zeetl is a social telephony and messaging platform that allows its users to call and message their Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn etc friends for free without a need to know or dial phone numbers.
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closed 8/19/2014 via Market Wire

Kirusa, acquired Saya Mobile

synopsis: Kirusa, the leader in voice messaging and social media mobile apps in emerging markets, announced that it has acquired Saya Mobile, a Ghana based provider of instant messaging apps geared specifically for African consumers.
buyer: Kirusa
Kirusa is the leader in voice messaging and social media mobile apps that enable mobile subscribers to "Have a Voice!" and share their stories with their family and friends across the globe. Kirusa's solutions include the hugely successful InstaVoice service, used monthly by over 80 million users. "
target: Saya Mobile
Saya is a mobile messaging company with services that cater to high-growth mobile markets worldwide. Its application has brought cheap mobile messaging to people who do not have smartphones in emerging economies.
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closed 8/6/2014 via BNC Analysis

Google Inc., acquired Emu

synopsis: Google has acquired Emu, a text-messaging app with a built-in virtual assistant created by a veteran of Apple’s Siri team. Emu was founded in 2012 by Gummi Hafsteinsson, formerly vice president of product for Apple’s Siri and a senior product manager at Google, and Dave Feldman, a veteran of AOL, Yahoo and TechCrunch.
buyer: Google Inc. (GOOGL:$166,030.00)
Google's innovative search technologies connect millions of people with information every day. Google is a top web property in all major global markets. Google's targeted advertising program provides businesses with measurable results, while enhancing the overall web experience for users. "
target: Emu
Emu is a text-messaging app with a built-in virtual assistant created by a veteran of Apple’s Siri team. Emu uses artificial intelligence to understand messages, then adds relevant information to help users schedule a lunch, reserve a table, buy movie tickets, or share their location in real time.
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closed 7/14/2014 via BusinessWire

mBlox Inc., acquired CardBoardFish

synopsis: Mblox, the largest, independent application-to-person SMS provider in the world, has acquired CardBoardFish, a company that has developed a state-of-the-art, highly automated A2P messaging platform that offers industry-leading security, reliability and service levels.
buyer: mBlox Inc.
Mblox is the largest independent application-to-person (A2P) mobile messaging provider in the world, trusted by more companies to carry their mission-critical traffic than any other service. "
target: CardBoardFish
CardBoardFish has developed a state-of-the-art, highly automated A2P messaging platform that offers industry-leading security, reliability and service levels.
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closed 6/20/2014 via BNC Analysis

Path, Inc., acquired TalkTo, Inc.

synopsis: Path announced their acquisition of TalkTo a text messaging app for iPhone and Android. The app allows users to text millions of local business for free. Users can obtain pricing, availability, reservations, takeout, and appointments easily through text.
buyer: Path, Inc.
Path is a quality, private social network available for Android and other smartphones. Users can also share music, movies, check-ins, trips, workouts, photos, and more. Users can share their path moments on other social media platforms. "
target: TalkTo, Inc.
TalkTo is a text messaging app for iPhone and Android. The app allows users to text millions of local business for free. Users can obtain pricing, availability, reservations, takeout, and appointments easily through text.
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announced 11/28/2016 via New York Times

CNN Worldwide, will acquire Beme

synopsis: CNN has agreed to acquire the technology and talent behind Beme, the social media app built and started by YouTuber Vlogger Casey Neistat and Matt Hackett, a former vice president of engineering at Tumblr. Beme’s 12 employees will join CNN as part of the deal, the terms of which were not publicly disclosed.
buyer parent: Time Warner, Inc.
buyer: CNN Worldwide
CNN Worldwide is the most trusted source for news and information. Its reach extends to nine cable and satellite television networks; one private place-based network; two radio networks; mobile applications and websites around the world; and more. "
target: Beme
Beme was intended to be a social sharing application that Co-Founder and Youtube Vlogger, Casey Neistat, described as “more authentic,” a way of putting four-second bursts of video out into the social sphere without giving users the ability to edit or tweak the content.
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closed 4/8/2020 via BNC Analysis

CNN Worldwide, acquired Canopy Crest Corporation

synopsis: CNN has announced that it acquired Canopy, a 15-person startup that developed a personalized, privacy-focused content-recommendation engine. Canopy uses on-device machine learning to discover sights, sounds, and stories to inspire your life. Their app, Tonic, gives people a personalized selection of reads every day.
buyer parent: AT&T
buyer: CNN Worldwide
CNN is a portfolio of more than two-dozen news and information services across cable, satellite, radio, wireless devices and the Internet in more than 200 countries. Domestically, CNN reaches more individuals on television, the web and mobile devices than any other TV news organization in the US. "
target: Canopy Crest Corporation
Canopy is a 15-person startup that developed a personalized, privacy-focused content-recommendation engine. Canopy uses on-device machine learning to discover sights, sounds, and stories to inspire your life. Their app, Tonic, gives people a personalized selection of reads every day.
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announced 11/28/2016 via New York Times

CNN Worldwide, will acquire Beme

synopsis: CNN has agreed to acquire the technology and talent behind Beme, the social media app built and started by YouTuber Vlogger Casey Neistat and Matt Hackett, a former vice president of engineering at Tumblr. Beme’s 12 employees will join CNN as part of the deal, the terms of which were not publicly disclosed.
buyer parent: Time Warner, Inc.
buyer: CNN Worldwide
CNN Worldwide is the most trusted source for news and information. Its reach extends to nine cable and satellite television networks; one private place-based network; two radio networks; mobile applications and websites around the world; and more. "
target: Beme
Beme was intended to be a social sharing application that Co-Founder and Youtube Vlogger, Casey Neistat, described as “more authentic,” a way of putting four-second bursts of video out into the social sphere without giving users the ability to edit or tweak the content.
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closed 3/5/2014 via PR Newswire

Flipboard Inc., acquired Zite, Inc.

synopsis: Flipboard, Inc. announces its acquisition of Zite, a popular news reader application for iOS and Android, from CNN. Zite evaluates millions of new stories every day, looking at the type of article, its key attributes and how it is shared across the web.
buyer: Flipboard Inc.
Flipboard is the world’s first social magazine. Inspired by the beauty and ease of print media, Flipboard’s mission is to fundamentally improve how people discover, view and share content across their social networks. "
target parent: The Walt Disney Company
target: Zite, Inc.
Zite evaluates millions of new stories every day, looking at the type of article, its key attributes and how it is shared across the web. Zite uses this information to match stories to a user's personal interests and then delivers them automatically to the iPad or iPhone.
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closed 8/30/2011 via Market Wire

CNN Worldwide, acquired Zite

synopsis: CNN has acquired technology company Zite, a news app for the iPad that gives users a personalized magazine-like experience. Zite surfaces content to users that they will find most interesting from a variety of sources across the Web by learning users' preferences and getting smarter as it's used.
buyer parent: Time Warner, Inc.
buyer: CNN Worldwide
CNN Worldwide is the most trusted source for news and information. Its reach extends to nine cable and satellite television networks; one private place-based network; two radio networks; mobile applications and websites around the world; and more. "
target: Zite
Zite is a free, personalized iPad magazine that understands what you like and gets smarter as you use it. The application learns as you use it to bring you the articles you will find most interesting from a variety of sources across the web.
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closed 4/12/2012 via BNC Analysis

Sipa Press SA, acquired DioraNews S.A.S

synopsis: Buongiorno S.p.A., multinational leader at a global level in the development and management of paid apps and services for mobile devices, finalized the sale of DioraNews S.A.S., a supplier of digital news to telephone carriers in France and certain French-speaking nations in Africa, to Sipa Press.
buyer: Sipa Press SA
Sipa Press covers world news thanks to a staff of photographers, a network of more than 600 correspondents and exclusive distribution agreements with partner agencies such as the Associated Press (AP), Rex Features, WENN, News International in the UK and Olycom Italy. "
target parent: Buongiorno S.p.A.
target: DioraNews S.A.S
DioraNews, founded in 1999, is a supplier of digital news to telephone carriers in France and certain French-speaking nations in Africa.
price ($mm)
$0.59
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$2
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$0
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0.5x
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7.5x
announced 3/27/2012 via BusinessWire

The Bay Citizen will be merged with Center For Investigating Reporting,

synopsis: The Center for Investigative Reporting and The Bay Area News Project, which operates The Bay Citizen, agreed to merge. The merger of the two award-winning news forces will create the nation’s largest nonprofit organization focused on investigative and accountability reporting and one of the largest data and technology teams in journalism.
buyer: Center For Investigating Reporting
The Center for Investigative Reporting is the nation's oldest nonprofit investigative news organization, producing multimedia reporting that has impact and is relevant to people's lives. "
target: The Bay Citizen
The Bay Citizen was launched as a nonprofit, nonpartisan, member-supported news organization dedicated to promoting innovation in journalism and catalyzing citizen engagement with the news.
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closed 8/24/2011 via Market Wire

ePals, Inc., acquired Newstogram

synopsis: ePals Corp announced its acquisition of the Newstogram™ platform and the DailyMe® service business from Nexify, Inc. Newstogram uses a sophisticated process that automatically builds user-specific interest-profiles based upon semantic analysis of content, clickstream activity, observed behaviors and contextual relevance.
buyer: ePals, Inc.
ePals, Inc. is a leading global K12 social learning network and offers primary and secondary schools, teachers, students and parents worldwide a safe and secure platform for building educational communities, providing quality digital content, and more. "
target: Newstogram
Newstogram is at the forefront of delivering hyper-relevant user experiences. Its platform focuses on delivering individual relevance by leveraging its dynamic interest-profiles, built through tracking users’ daily interactions with a range of digital content.
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closed 8/31/2007 via

Market Wire, acquired Press Release News Network

synopsis: Marketwire, a full-service newswire and communications workflow solutions provider, today announced an agreement to acquire Press Release News Network (PRNN), a premier social and multimedia press release distribution and archival network.
buyer parent: Pims Holdings Limited
buyer: Market Wire
Market Wire, a CCNMatthews Company, is the third-largest newswire in the U.S. A full-service distributor of company press releases and financial news announcements, Market Wire provides real-time news feeds to thousands of leading websites, newswires, and databases. "
target: Press Release News Network
Press Release News Network (PRNN), a premier social and multimedia press release distribution and archival network. PRNN maintains nearly 1,200 geographical divisions through roughly 150 domains and 1,000 sub domains representing all U.S. metropolitan areas.
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closed 9/29/2006 via

PR Newswire Association Inc., acquired U.S. Newswire

synopsis: Medialink Worldwide Incorporated sold U.S. Newswire, its press release distribution division, to PR Newswire Association LLC, a subsidiary of United Business Media plc, for a sale price of between $18.0 million and $23.0 million in cash. The final sale price will be based on the performance of U.S. Newswire for the trailing 12-month period.
buyer parent: United Business Media PLC
buyer: PR Newswire Association Inc.
PR Newswire Association LLC provides electronic distribution, targeting, measurement and broadcast services on behalf of tens of thousands of corporate, government, association, labor, non-profit, and other customers worldwide. "
target parent: Medialink Worldwide, Inc.
target: U.S. Newswire
U.S. Newswire is a national news release wire service which provides a direct communications system between the world's leading public interest news sources and the news media that cover them.
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closed 3/1/2006 via BNC Analysis

Berkshire Hathaway Inc., acquired Business Wire

synopsis: Berkshire Hathaway Inc., billionaire Warren Buffett's investment company, on Wednesday said it had completed the purchase of Business Wire, a privately held distributor of press releases. Business Wire competes with PR Newswire to distribute company regulatory filings and press releases to investors and the news media.
buyer: Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (BRK.A:$253,576.00)
Berkshire Hathaway is a holding company owning subsidiaries engaged in a number of diverse business activities. The most important of these is the property and casualty insurance business conducted on both a direct and reinsurance basis through a number of subsidiaries. "
target: Business Wire
Business Wire's multi-channel delivery network, with access to some 60 international and national news agencies, financial information providers and Web-based news services, provides real-time, simultaneous access to key audiences.
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closed 1/17/2006 via Company Press Release

eNR Services, Inc., acquired NewsWire One

synopsis: eNR Services, Inc. announced today it has acquired NewsWire One, a Chicago-based company that provides end-to-end solutions for the creation and distribution of interactive corporate news releases and the development and management of online press rooms.
buyer: eNR Services, Inc.
eNR Services, Inc., headquartered in Norwalk, Conn., delivers technology solutions and programs to aid professionals during every phase of the public relations and corporate communications cycle. "
target: NewsWire One
NewsWire One, a Chicago-based company that provides end-to-end solutions for the creation and distribution of interactive corporate news releases and the development and management of online press rooms.
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closed 7/10/2019 via Company Press Release

WGBH Boston, acquired The New England Center for Investigative Reporting

synopsis: WGBH, America’s preeminent public broadcaster and the largest producer of PBS content for TV and the Web, has acquired The New England Center for Investigative Reporting (NECIR), a nonprofit investigative newsroom. NECIR seeks to expose injustice through investigative reporting. Their stories have appeared in leading newspapers and news outlets.
buyer: WGBH Boston
WGBH is a public broadcaster and largest producer of PBS content for TV and web. WGBH Radio serves listeners from Cape Cod to New Hampshire. They also produce award-winning PBS series. WGBH’s TV channels include WGBH2/HD and 44, & digital channels World and Create. WGBH also produces online content."
target: The New England Center for Investigative Reporting
The New England Center for Investigative Reporting (NECIR) is a nonprofit investigative newsroom. NECIR seeks to expose injustice and hold power accountable through investigative reporting. NECIR has produced stories that have appeared in leading newspapers and radio and TV news outlets.
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closed 4/12/2018 via BNC Analysis

Katherine A. Rowlands, acquired Bay City News, Inc.

synopsis: The Bay City News Inc. regional wire service has been acquired by veteran San Francisco Bay Area journalist Katherine A. Rowlands. Bay City News Service is a regional, general-interest news wire service which operates 24 hours a day gathering information from in and around the greater San Francisco Bay area.
buyer: Katherine A. Rowlands
Katherine A. Rowlands is a San Francisco Bay Area journalist. Rowlands began her career as a college intern at Bay City News (BCN) in 1987, which led to a 30-year career in Bay Area journalism. Most recently, she served as editor-in-chief of Diablo Magazine. "
target: Bay City News, Inc.
Bay City News Service is a regional, general-interest news wire service which operates 24 hours a day gathering information from in and around the greater San Francisco Bay area.
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closed 10/21/2020 via BusinessWire

Moody's Corporation, acquired Acquire Media Corporation

synopsis: Moody’s Corporation announced the acquisition of Acquire Media (AM), an aggregator and distributor of curated real-time news, multimedia, data, and alerts, from Naviga, Inc., a leading provider of content engagement solutions for the global media industry.
buyer: Moody's Corporation (MCO:$5,198.00)
Moody's is an essential component of the global capital markets, providing credit ratings, research, tools and analysis that contribute to transparent and integrated financial markets. "
target parent: Vista Equity Partners
target: Acquire Media Corporation
Acquire Media is an advanced technology company that delivers news and multimedia with guaranteed reliability in formats that make content instantly usable and searchable. The company provides syndication and content services to customers in news media, digital publishing and financial services.
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closed 12/29/2017 via Company Press Release

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synopsis: NewsCycle Solutions, a provider of software technologies for the media industry, announced the acquisition of Acquire Media, a provider of content services to the financial services, Fortune 500, news media and digital publishing industries. Acquire Media delivers news and multimedia in formats that make content instantly usable and searchable.
buyer parent: Vista Equity Partners
buyer: NewsCycle Solutions
NewsCycle is a leading provider of software technologies for the global media industry. They help their clients in their mission to create stronger, better informed communities, while protecting the integrity of news, advertising and customer information. "
target: Acquire Media Corporation
Acquire Media is an advanced technology company that delivers news and multimedia with guaranteed reliability in formats that make content instantly usable and searchable. The company provides syndication and content services to customers in news media, digital publishing and financial services.
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