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closed 7/22/2020 via BusinessWire

PicsArt, acquired D'efekt

synopsis: PicsArt, the world’s largest visual creative platform, has acquired advanced video effects company D'efekt. Based in Armenia, D'efekt, a female-led startup, has been featured as an Apple “App of the Day” various times and offers motion-based video effects, including light illusions, music responsiveness, and fractal motion-activation.
buyer: PicsArt
PicsArt is the world’s #1 creative platform and social editing app that’s leading the visual storytelling revolution. Every month, the PicsArt community creates, remixes and shares billions of visual stories using the company’s powerful and easy-to-use editing tools. "
target: D'efekt
D’efekt is an Armenian mobile startup with an app that offers motion-based video effects, including light illusions, music responsiveness, and fractal motion-activation. Users can apply motion effects to a single person, multiple people, or objects, as well as make edits to their video’s background.
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announced 2/16/2022 via BNC Analysis

ShareChat, will acquire MX TakaTak

synopsis: ShareChat, the fastest growing social network in India, will acquire MX TakaTak, a short video app in India. MX TakaTak allows users to create, watch, and share short videos. The platform features all types of videos, ranging from dialogue dubbing, comedy, gaming, DIY, food, sports, memes, and many more.
buyer: ShareChat
ShareChat is the fastest growing social network in India. They are building a social platform for the masses of India in their languages and developing a product which delivers a world-class user experience even to the first time internet users of India. "
target: MX TakaTak
MX TakaTak is a short video app in India. MX TakaTak allows users to create, watch, and share short videos. The platform features all types of videos, ranging from dialogue dubbing, comedy, gaming, DIY, food, sports, memes, and many more.
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closed 8/4/2021 via BNC Analysis

LinkedIn Corporation, acquired Jumprope, Inc.

synopsis: LinkedIn has acquired how-to video app Jumprope as part of its expanded video focus. Jumprope, which describes itself as "the best place for anyone to create a how-to and export it to every social platform", enables users to create step-by-step tutorials, using video and still image assets, with preset formats and overlays.
buyer parent: Microsoft Corporation
buyer: LinkedIn Corporation (LNKD:$3,213.87)
LinkedIn Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, operates an online professional network worldwide. The company allows members to create, manage, and share their professional identity online; build and engage with their professional networks; and access shared knowledge and insights. "
target: Jumprope, Inc.
Jumprope is the place to discover, create and share step-by-step how-to videos. Users don’t need any video-editing experience to create useful and engaging recipes, beauty tutorials, fitness routines and more. Reach an engaged community on Jumprope, and share videos to any social platform.
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closed 2/24/2021 via BNC Analysis

ZASH Global Media and Entertainment Corporation, acquired Lomotif

synopsis: ZASH, a global media and entertainment company, has acquired an 80% stake in Lomotif, a leading video-sharing social networking platform in Singapore. Lomotif's mission is to inspire collaborations and build meaningful connections. Their remix editor enables users to remix memes, selfie music videos, and video edits for social sharing.
buyer: ZASH Global Media and Entertainment Corporation
ZASH is a global media and entertainment company. ZASH creates content in various formats to appeal to a wide variety of target audiences, including syndicated and reality TV, theatrical films, faith-based TV & movies, digital streaming, and more. "
target: Lomotif
Lomotif is a leading video-sharing social networking platform in Singapore. Lomotif's mission is to inspire collaborations, celebrate creativity and build meaningful connections. Their remix editor enables users to remix memes, selfie music videos, and video edits for social sharing.
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closed 1/27/2021 via BusinessWire

Clash App, acquired Byte Inc.

synopsis: Clash, a creator monetization company, announced it is purchasing the Byte app, a leading short-form video platform. Byte, which was the most downloaded app in the App Store in summer 2020, will continue to have the same great in-app experience, with new monetization tools and features coming soon.
buyer: Clash App
Clash is building the next-generation monetization platform for creators and fans. Clash is a short-form video-sharing app that lets users record and share 21-second videos to a community known as “Clashers”. "
target: Byte Inc.
byte is a video app for communities. In January 2020, Byte was released. The platform was a near clone of Vine: Users could upload short, looping videos to an audience of followers. Unlike Vine, certain metrics, like follower counts, were hidden.
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closed 12/14/2020 via BNC Analysis

Reddit, Inc., acquired Dubsmash, Inc.

synopsis: Reddit, an online community for creating, sharing, and discussion, has acquired Dubsmash, a short video platform. Dubsmash lets users record videos of themselves that are dubbed over with audio from songs, movies, music, and TV shows. Dubsmash will retain its own platform and brand, and Reddit will integrate its video creation tools.
buyer parent: Advance, Inc.
buyer: Reddit, Inc.
Reddit is a community of millions of users around the world engaging in the creation of content and the sharing of conversation across tens of thousands of topics. Reddit allows users to submit, comment, and vote on content, breaking news, discussions, sports, and more posted on its website. "
target: Dubsmash, Inc.
Dubsmash is a video sharing platform and mobile application for iOS and Android devices. Dubsmash lets users record videos of themselves that are dubbed over with audio from songs, movies, music, and TV shows.
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closed 12/3/2020 via Company Press Release

VSCO, acquired Trash, Inc.

synopsis: VSCO, a creative channel and mobile application, has acquired the Trash application. Trash is a mobile video app that brings fun and serendipity to video creation using AI to lower the barrier to make, share, and remix videos in an entirely new way.
buyer: VSCO
VSCO is a creative channel and mobile application. The company builds creative tools, spaces, and connections driven by self-expression. Its mission is to help everybody fall in love with their own creativity. "
target: Trash, Inc.
TRASH is an AI-driven video creation platform built on a deep tech engine. TRASH lets anyone participate in video by automating the most challenging technical aspects, allowing users to instantly create an edited mix that pairs the best parts of their own videos with high-quality music.
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closed 10/29/2020 via GlobeNewswire

Corsair, acquired EpocCam

synopsis: Corsair, a world leader in high-performance gaming peripherals and enthusiast components, has acquired EpocCam, one of the leading video apps in the Apple App Store with over 5 million downloads, allowing users to easily turn their iOS device, such as an iPhone or iPad, into a wireless high definition webcam for Windows and macOS.
buyer: Corsair (CRSR:$1,702.37)
CORSAIR is a leading global developer and manufacturer of high-performance gear and technology for gamers, content creators, and PC enthusiasts. They develop products from PC components and peripherals, to premium streaming equipment and smart ambient lighting. "
target: EpocCam
EpocCam is one of the leading video apps in the Apple App Store with over 5 million downloads, allowing users to easily turn their iOS device, such as an iPhone or iPad, into a wireless high definition webcam for Windows and macOS.
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closed 2/19/2020 via BNC Analysis

Twitter, Inc., acquired Chroma Labs

synopsis: Twitter Inc. is acquiring Chroma Labs, a startup company that develops photo and video-editing tools. Chroma Labs, founded in 2018 by former Facebook and Instagram employees, created Chroma Stories, an app that lets users edit photos and videos before sharing them on Stories features inside other apps, including Instagram and Snapchat.
buyer: Twitter, Inc. (TWTR:$5,077.48)
Twitter, Inc. is a global social networking platform for public self-expression and conversation in real time. It also provides promoted products and services which enable its advertisers to promote their brands, products, and services. "
target: Chroma Labs
Chroma Labs, founded in 2018 by former Facebook and Instagram employees, created Chroma Stories, an app that lets users edit photos and videos before sharing them on Stories features inside other apps, including Instagram and Snapchat.
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announced 4/15/2019 via Yahoo, Inc.

Vimeo, LLC., will acquire Magisto

synopsis: Vimeo, an ad-free open video platform, will acquire Magisto, a video creation service with over 100 million users. Magisto is a one-of-a-kind, AI powered, video creation and marketing platform for entrepreneurs, marketers and business owners. Their SaaS platform provides smart AI assistance for video editing, publishing & marketing.
buyer parent: IAC
buyer: Vimeo, LLC. (VMEO:$369.34)
Vimeo's mission is to empower creators to make, share and sell amazing videos directly to viewers worldwide, in the highest quality possible with no interruptive advertising. Vimeo is home to the world's leading video creators and the hundreds of millions of viewers who love them. "
target: Magisto
Magisto is a one-of-a-kind, AI powered, video creation and marketing platform for entrepreneurs, marketers and business owners. Their SaaS platform provides smart AI assistance for video editing, publishing & marketing. Magisto makes it easy to drive business growth with attention-grabbing videos.
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closed 3/27/2019 via BNC Analysis

TikTok, acquired GeoGif

synopsis: TikTok, a leading app for short-form mobile videos, has acquired GeoGif, a mobile app that allows users to transform their photos and videos into moving art. GeoGif provides animated stickers and location-based overlays that users can place on top of their content before sharing it with friends.
buyer parent: Toutiao
buyer: TikTok
TikTok is a leading app for short-form mobile videos. TikTok makes it easy for people to discover and make their own awesome videos by capturing funny and memorable moments to share with the world. Users can also add special effects filters, fun stickers, music, and more. "
target: GeoGif
GeoGif is a mobile app that allows users to transform their photos and videos into moving art. GeoGif provides animated stickers and location-based overlays that users can place on top of their content before sharing it with friends.
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closed 3/6/2019 via GlobeNewswire

YY Inc., acquired Bigo Technology Pte LTD

synopsis: YY Inc., a leading live streaming social media platform in China, announced its recent acquisition of Bigo Inc. Bigo is a leading mobile internet company in Singapore that provides video and vocal technology service all over the world.
buyer: YY Inc. (YY:$4,610.47)
YY Inc. is a leading live streaming social media platform in China. YY enables users to interact with each other in real-time through online live media and offers users a uniquely engaging and immersive entertainment experience. "
target: Bigo Technology Pte LTD
BIGO is a leading mobile internet company in Singapore, dedicated to improving the way people live and communicate. They provide video and vocal technology service all over the world. The BIGO product line includes live-broadcasting, vocal social media, and a short video platform.
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closed 3/6/2019 via BNC Analysis

ShareChat, acquired Clip App

synopsis: ShareChat, a leading content discovery app in India that allows users to create, discover, and share videos and images with each other, has acquired Clip, India’s best video app. Clip allows users to easily create, watch and download funny Indian videos.
buyer: ShareChat
Founded in 2015, ShareChat is a leading content discovery app in India. ShareChat allows users to create, discover, and share videos and images with each other. Users can browse trending topics such as astrology, fashion, wishes, and more. ShareChat is available in 14 Indian languages. "
target: Clip App
Clip is India’s best video app to easily create, watch and download funny Indian videos. Users can use the app in their local language and join the only Indian video community and express themselves by sharing short video clips.
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closed 7/11/2018 via BNC Analysis

TTC Protocol, acquired ALIVE, Inc.

synopsis: TTC Protocol, a blockchain based token incentivized social networking protocol in China, has acquired ALIVE, a global video editing and sharing mobile app. ALIVE allows users to create up to 30 seconds of video and share it across any social platform. The app provides editing tools such as video filters, text effects, and music effects.
buyer: TTC Protocol
TTC Protocol is a blockchain based token incentivized social networking protocol in China. Their first dApp, tataUFO, is a social networking service for college and university students that are in first and second tier cities in China. "
target: ALIVE, Inc.
ALIVE is a global video editing and sharing mobile app. ALIVE allows users to create up to 30 seconds of video and share it across any social platform. The app provides editing tools such as video filters, object effects, text effects, and music effects.
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closed 11/8/2017 via BNC Analysis

Niantic, Inc., acquired Evertoon, Inc.

synopsis: Niantic, the company behind the hit mobile game Pokémon Go and its predecessor, Ingress, has acquired the team from the startup Evertoon to help it further build out its mobile products. Evertoon’s app was designed to help users make short, personalized films that could be shared out to social networks like YouTube and Twitter.
buyer: Niantic, Inc.
Niantic is the company behind the hit mobile game Pokémon Go and its predecessor, Ingress. Niantic is building an AR + Real World game platform that is defining state of the art with an innovative server architecture that enables massive scale supporting a global shared state rich interactions. "
target: Evertoon, Inc.
Evertoon enables users to create compelling movies in a few minutes, unlocking the stories trapped in people’s minds. Evertoon’s app was designed to help users make short, personalized films that could be shared out to social networks like YouTube and Twitter.
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closed 2/16/2017 via BNC Analysis

Tinder, Inc., acquired Wheel

synopsis: Dating app Tinder has acquired L.A.-based startup Wheel, which had developed a social network for sharing video stories. Wheel was originally founded in 2015 to offer a way for people to make mobile videos that were easy, fun and watchable, as well as to collaborate on videos with family and friends.
buyer parent: IAC
buyer: Tinder, Inc.
Tinder is one of the fastest growing social startups and mobile apps. Tinder was launched to address the social and physical barriers of forming new friendships and relationships. Using social data, Tinder anonymously finds people nearby that like each other and connects them if they are interested."
target: Wheel
Wheel is a mobile app that lets users create and share video stories with their friends. Wheel was founded in 2015 to offer people a way to make mobile videos that were easy, fun and watchable.
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announced 2/29/2016 via PR Newswire

GoPro, will acquire Replay

synopsis: GoPro announced an agreement to acquire leading mobile video editing app, Replay. Replay, developed by Stupeflix in Paris, France, is an award-winning app that allows users to quickly select video clips and photos and automatically combines them into a single video complete with transition effects, graphics, and synchronized music.
buyer: GoPro (GPRO:$1,619.97)
GoPro, Inc. is transforming the way people capture and share their lives. What began as an idea to help athletes self-document themselves engaged in their sport has become a widely adopted solution for people to capture themselves engaged in their interests whatever they may be. "
target parent: Stupeflix
target: Replay
Replay, developed by Stupeflix in Paris, France, is an award-winning app that allows users to quickly select video clips and photos and automatically combines them into a single video complete with transition effects, graphics, and synchronized music.
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announced 2/29/2016 via PR Newswire

GoPro, will acquire Splice App

synopsis: GoPro announced an agreement to acquire leading mobile video editing app Splice. Splice, developed by Vemory in Austin, Texas, is an award-winning mobile editor that allows users to manually create customized edits with advanced features normally found on desktop editing applications, but with the speed and efficiency of a mobile app interface.
buyer: GoPro (GPRO:$1,619.97)
GoPro, Inc. is transforming the way people capture and share their lives. What began as an idea to help athletes self-document themselves engaged in their sport has become a widely adopted solution for people to capture themselves engaged in their interests whatever they may be. "
target parent: Vemory
target: Splice App
Splice is one of the most popular video editors in the world with millions of users. From the casual movie maker, to the professional video and photo editor, Splice is committed to being the both the easiest and most powerful video editing tool in the App Store.
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closed 11/12/2015 via GlobeNewswire

Google Inc., acquired Fly Labs

synopsis: Leading global start up accelerator Dreamit announced Dreamit alumni Fly Labs was acquired by Google and will become part of the Google Photos team. Fly Labs is a New York City-based start up that created popular video editing apps Clips, Fly, Tempo, and Crop on the Fly, all aimed at helping people make the most of their photos and video.
buyer: Google Inc. (GOOGL:$257,637.00)
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 parent: DreamIt Ventures
target: Fly Labs
Fly Labs creates the popular video editing apps Clips, Fly, Tempo, and Crop on the Fly, all aimed at helping people make the most of their photos and video. Fly Labs apps have been downloaded more than 3 million times in over 150 different countries, creating more than 20 million videos.
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closed 7/11/2016 via BusinessWire

LifeLogger Technologies Corp, acquired Pixorial Inc.

synopsis: LifeLogger Technologies Corp announced it had completed the acquisition of key assets of Pixorial, Inc. Pixorial is a personal photo and video sharing platform that includes functionality to organize and discover all the media from a person’s life.
buyer: LifeLogger Technologies Corp (OTCPK:LOGG:$0.00)
LifeLogger Technologies Corp. has developed a Web APP software solution providing users the ability to capture, store and live stream your memories. They are device agnostic, allowing you to use your iOS, Android solution or other wearable camera and/or sensors solutions. "
target: Pixorial Inc.
Pixorial is a personal photo and video sharing platform that includes functionality to organize and discover all the media from a person’s life so they can enjoy it how they want. Pixorial is capable of delivering a universal service for collecting all the photos and videos from life experiences.
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closed 7/22/2020 via BusinessWire

PicsArt, acquired D'efekt

synopsis: PicsArt, the world’s largest visual creative platform, has acquired advanced video effects company D'efekt. Based in Armenia, D'efekt, a female-led startup, has been featured as an Apple “App of the Day” various times and offers motion-based video effects, including light illusions, music responsiveness, and fractal motion-activation.
buyer: PicsArt
PicsArt is the world’s #1 creative platform and social editing app that’s leading the visual storytelling revolution. Every month, the PicsArt community creates, remixes and shares billions of visual stories using the company’s powerful and easy-to-use editing tools. "
target: D'efekt
D’efekt is an Armenian mobile startup with an app that offers motion-based video effects, including light illusions, music responsiveness, and fractal motion-activation. Users can apply motion effects to a single person, multiple people, or objects, as well as make edits to their video’s background.
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closed 2/2/2022 via BusinessWire

PicsArt, acquired Code Republic

synopsis: Picsart, the world’s leading digital creation platform and a top 20 most downloaded app worldwide, announced that it has acquired the learning platform Code Republic. Code Republic offers online education courses in programming, math and more. The company was founded in 2019 and is based in Yerevan, Armenia.
buyer: PicsArt
Picsart is the world’s largest digital creation platform and a top 20 most downloaded app. Every month, the Picsart community creates, remixes, and shares billions of visual stories using the company’s powerful and easy-to-use editing tools. "
target: Code Republic
Code Republic offers online education courses in programming, math and more. The company was founded in 2019 and is based in Yerevan, Armenia.
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closed 7/22/2020 via BusinessWire

PicsArt, acquired D'efekt

synopsis: PicsArt, the world’s largest visual creative platform, has acquired advanced video effects company D'efekt. Based in Armenia, D'efekt, a female-led startup, has been featured as an Apple “App of the Day” various times and offers motion-based video effects, including light illusions, music responsiveness, and fractal motion-activation.
buyer: PicsArt
PicsArt is the world’s #1 creative platform and social editing app that’s leading the visual storytelling revolution. Every month, the PicsArt community creates, remixes and shares billions of visual stories using the company’s powerful and easy-to-use editing tools. "
target: D'efekt
D’efekt is an Armenian mobile startup with an app that offers motion-based video effects, including light illusions, music responsiveness, and fractal motion-activation. Users can apply motion effects to a single person, multiple people, or objects, as well as make edits to their video’s background.
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announced 11/11/2021 via BusinessWire

Spotify Ltd, will acquire Findaway

synopsis: Spotify Technology S.A. announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Findaway, a global leader in digital audiobook distribution. Together, Spotify and Findaway will accelerate Spotify’s entry into the rapidly growing audiobooks industry, enabling faster innovation and bringing audiobooks to Spotify’s existing listeners.
buyer: Spotify Ltd (SPOT:$10,182.00)
Spotify is the world’s most popular audio streaming subscription service, with 320 million users, including 144 million subscribers, across 92 markets. Spotify allows users to discover, manage, and share over 60 million tracks, including more than 1.9 million podcast titles for free. "
target: Findaway
Findaway revolutionized audiobooks with Playaway, a built-for circulation, pre-loaded audiobook player. Findaway has become the global leader in digital audiobook distribution with AudioEngine, and the most trusted self-publishing platform for independent authors with Findaway Voices.
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announced 1/4/2017 via Company Press Release

Rakuten Kobo Inc., will acquire Tolino

synopsis: Rakuten Kobo Inc. from Canada, one of the world’s fastest-growing eReading service providers, will acquire the Tolino technology platform from Deutsche Telekom. Tolino is a brand name of e-readers and tablets marketed by leading booksellers in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland.
buyer parent: Rakuten Inc.
buyer: Rakuten Kobo Inc.
Founded in December 2009, Toronto-based Rakuten Kobo Inc. is one of the world’s fastest-growing eReading services, offering more than 5 million eBooks and magazines to millions of users across the world. "
target parent: Deutsche Telekom
target: Tolino
Tolino is a brand name of e-readers and tablets marketed by leading booksellers in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. Since 2014, the e-reader has also been available in Belgium, Netherlands, and Italy.
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closed 3/5/2012 via Company Press Release

OverDrive Inc., acquired Booki.sh

synopsis: OverDrive, Inc., announced it has acquired Australian ebook company Booki.sh. Booki.sh is the developer of a cloud-based platform for distributing, selling and reading popular ebooks from anywhere and on any device with a modern web browser.
buyer: OverDrive Inc.
OverDrive is a leading full-service digital distributor of eBooks, audiobooks, and other digital content. We deliver secure management, DRM protection, and download fulfillment services for publishers, libraries, schools, and retailers--serving millions of end users globally. "
target parent: Inventive Labs Pty Ltd.
target: Booki.sh
Booki.sh is an immersive reading environment. Booki.sh is a complete web-based platform for distributing, selling and reading ebooks that is simple to use on any device with a modern web browser. Booki.sh is your own ebook library in the cloud, accessible from anywhere and almost anything.
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closed 6/14/2010 via BusinessWire

News Corporation, acquired Skiff, LLC

synopsis: News Corporation announced that it has acquired Skiff, LLC, Hearst Corporation’s e-reading platform designed to deliver premium journalism to tablets, smartphones, e- readers and netbooks.
buyer: News Corporation (NWSA:$10,046.00)
News Corporation is a diversified entertainment company with operations in eight industry segments: filmed entertainment; television; cable network programming; direct broadcast satellite television; magazines and inserts; newspapers; book publishing; and other. "
target parent: The Hearst Corporation
target: Skiff, LLC
Skiff (formerly FirstPaper) is an e-reading and advertising company formed to address the needs of consumers, publishers, and advertisers as print media increasingly migrates to new forms of digital consumption.
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closed 5/17/2019 via BNC Analysis

LinkSure Literature, acquired Manman app

synopsis: LinkSure Literature, a Chinese online novel reading platform, has acquired Manman, a mobile comic platform in China. Maman provides users with excellent comics by Chinese cartoonists. Manman has over 980 original comics on its app, of which 315 are exclusive.
buyer: LinkSure Literature
LinkSure Literature is a Chinese online novel reading platform. LinkSure Literature's mobile app uses a free reading model with online advertisements, allowing users to read novels for free. LinkSure Literature offers a variety of literature, from wuxia literature, urban life to fantasy stories. "
target: Manman app
Manman is a mobile comic platform in China. Maman provides users with excellent comics by Chinese cartoonists. Manman has over 980 original comics on its app, of which 315 are exclusive. Maman is one of the top 3 comic apps in China and has an active monthly user base of over 7 million.
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closed 11/13/2018 via GlobeNewswire

Stirling Corp., acquired Paradise Publishers

synopsis: Stirling Corp, a Digital Media Company, announced the acquisition of the digital assets of Paradise Publishers, Inc, a mobile app developer company which has developed apps like Free eBooks and Libros Gratis. This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad.
buyer: Stirling Corp.
Stirling Corp offers eBooks and Audiobooks for digital download, podcasting, digital publishing, author/writer assistance, and advertising opportunities for forward-thinking companies. The company mission is to bring readers and authors together from around the world. "
target: Paradise Publishers
Paradise Publishers Inc. is a mobile app developer company which has developed apps like Free eBooks and Libros Gratis. This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad. They are based in Henderson, Nevada.
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announced 3/12/2018 via Company Press Release

Apple, Inc., will acquire Texture

synopsis: Apple announced it signed an agreement to acquire Texture, the digital magazine subscription service by Next Issue Media LLC, which gives users unlimited access to their favorite titles for one monthly subscription fee. Texture brings over 200 of the world’s best magazines to life, providing an easy way for users to read high-quality stories.
buyer: Apple, Inc. (AAPL:$378,323.00)
Apple revolutionized personal technology with the introduction of the Macintosh in 1984. Today, Apple leads the world in innovation with iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch and Apple TV. Apple’s four software platforms—iOS, macOS, watchOS and tvOS—provide seamless experiences across all Apple devices. "
target: Texture
Texture is a digital magazine platform owned by Condé Nast, Hearst Magazines, KKR, Meredith, News Corp, Rogers Media and Time Inc. It's a completely new way for readers to experience the world’s best magazines, reimagined for how people consume content today.
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closed 5/27/2014 via Company Press Release

Feedbooks, acquired Aldiko

synopsis: Feedbooks, an online books store offering more than 800,000 books to a world-wide audience acquired Aldiko, a leading eBook reading application for Android which has more than 20 million users. This major purchase allows Feedbooks to guide their customers through the entire value chain and to offer them the best possible reading experience.
buyer: Feedbooks
Feedbooks is an ebook retailer, connected to a large ecosystem of reading systems and social networks. Every month, Feedbooks distributes millions of books to an increasingly growing community of readers. Feedbooks is a leader in standard publishing and distribution technologies. "
target: Aldiko
Aldiko is an e-book reader application for the Android operating system. It supports the EPUB format for digital publications and incorporates facilities for browsing online catalogs on thousands of books and downloading them directly into the user's personal library.
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closed 3/28/2014 via BNC Analysis

Dropbox, Inc., acquired Readmill Network Limited

synopsis: Dropbox has acquired the iOS and Android ebook reading app Readmill, and the app will be shut down. Readmill was a Berlin-based startup that had become popular for the clean, streamlined ebook reading service it provided.
buyer: Dropbox, Inc. (DBX:$1,913.90)
Dropbox is a file hosting service that offers cloud storage, file synchronization, and client software. It allows users to create a special folder on each of their computers, which Dropbox then synchronizes so that it appears to be the same folder regardless of which computer is used to view it. "
target: Readmill Network Limited
Readmill is an ebook reader for iOS and Android that let users read and share books. Readmill is popular for the clean, streamlined ebook reading service it provided; its support for Adobe DRM meant readers could buy ebooks from platforms like Kobo and Nook and then read them on Readmill’s apps.
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closed 8/3/2011 via BNC Analysis

Facebook, acquired Push Pop Press

synopsis: Facebook has bought Push Pop Press. Push Pop Press helps authors and publishers convert physical books into iPad and iPhone-friendly formats. While the service’s main goal was to provide interactive experiences for books, Facebook has no plans to infiltrate the book business any time soon.
buyer: Facebook (FB:$94,399.00)
Facebook is a social utility that helps people better understand the world around them. Facebook develops technologies that facilitate the spread of information through social networks allowing people to share information online the same way they do in the real world. "
target: Push Pop Press
Push Pop Press helps authors and publishers convert physical books into iPad and iPhone-friendly formats. The company created a new way of publishing and exploring text, images, audio, video and interactive graphics.
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closed 3/12/2014 via Company Press Release

Arnoldo Mondadori Editore S.p.A., acquired Anobii Limited

synopsis: The Mondadori Group, a publisher and printer in Italy, has bought from Anobii Ltd. the brand and assets of Anobii, the global social reading platform that has more than a million users around the world and its strongest base in Italy, with 300,000 users.
buyer parent: FinInvest SpA
buyer: Arnoldo Mondadori Editore S.p.A. (BIT:MN:$927.63)
Arnoldo Mondadori Editore S.p.A. is a publisher and printer in Italy. The Company's publications include books, magazines, newspapers, advertising, business information, graphics, direct marketing and on-line information services. "
target parent: J. Sainsbury plc
target: Anobii Limited
Anobii is a social e-books platform which enables people to discover titles and purchase them to read on mobile and tablet devices. In 2010, Anobii received investment from Penguin, Random House, HarperCollins and HMV to build a social retail site for e-books.
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closed 6/12/2012 via BNC Analysis

J. Sainsbury plc, acquired Anobii Limited

synopsis: Anobii Limited has acquired by J Sainsbury plc. Anobii is a social e-books platform which enables people to discover titles and purchase them to read on mobile and tablet devices. In 2010, Anobii received investment from Penguin, Random House, HarperCollins and HMV to build a social retail site for e-books.
buyer: J. Sainsbury plc
Sainsbury is one of UK's oldest retailers in the food industry. With their products, they help customers eat healthy, help suppliers and farmers reduct the impact on the environment, and play an active role in the communities they serve. "
target parent: HMV Media Group
target: Anobii Limited
Anobii is a social e-books platform which enables people to discover titles and purchase them to read on mobile and tablet devices. In 2010, Anobii received investment from Penguin, Random House, HarperCollins and HMV to build a social retail site for e-books.
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closed 11/3/2014 via BNC Analysis

JP/Politikens Hus A/S, acquired Riidr ApS

synopsis: Riidr announced that it has been acquired byJP/Politikens Hus, the owners of popular media houses Jyllands-Posten and POLITIKEN. Riidr is a software company that sells e-books and make applications for reading e-books. They make it easy to buy and read Danish e-books no matter where in the world the users are.
buyer: JP/Politikens Hus A/S
JP/Politikens Hus is one of Denmark's leading media companies in printed, digital and mobile publications. JP/Politikens Hus publishes three national newspapers, EKSTRA BLADET, MORGENAVISEN JYLLANDS-POSTEN and POLITIKEN – Denmark's leading daily newspapers. "
target: Riidr ApS
Riidr is a software company that sells e-books and make applications for reading e-books. Since they started in 2010 they have worked to make it easy to buy and read Danish e-books no matter where in the world the users are.
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announced 7/25/2014 via BNC Analysis

Apple, Inc., will acquire BookLamp

synopsis: Apple has bought BookLamp, a system for matching readers to books through an analysis of writing styles. BookLamp's technology allows one to find books that are written with a similar tone, tense, perspective, action level, description level and dialogue level.
buyer: Apple, Inc. (AAPL:$378,323.00)
Apple Inc. designs, manufactures and markets mobile communication and media devices, personal computers, and portable digital music players, and a variety of related software, services, peripherals, networking solutions, and third-party digital content and applications. "
target: BookLamp
Booklamp.org is a system for matching readers to books through an analysis of writing styles. BookLamp's technology allows one to find books that are written with a similar tone, tense, perspective, action level, description level and dialogue level.
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closed 1/9/2012 via BusinessWire

Safari Books Online, LLC, acquired ThreePress Consulting, Inc.

synopsis: Safari® Books Online, the leading on-demand digital library for technology, digital media and business professionals, announced it has acquired Massachusetts-based Threepress Consulting Inc. Threepress’ technology expertise includes EPUB tools, HTML5, CSS, JavaScript technology and digital publishing methodologies.
buyer: Safari Books Online, LLC
Safari Books Online is an on-demand digital library that delivers expert content in both book and video form from the world’s leading authors in technology and business. "
target: ThreePress Consulting, Inc.
Threepress Consulting, Inc. provides expert consulting services and software engineering in digital publishing. The company is the maker of the Ibis Reader online EPUB reading system.
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closed 6/24/2015 via BNC Analysis

Scribd, Inc., acquired Librify, Inc.

synopsis: Ebook subscription startup Scribd has acquired Librify, a social reading app. Librify is a company providing a social reading experience and bringing the joy of discovering, organizing and sharing books with friends to all platforms and devices.
buyer: Scribd, Inc.
Scribd, Inc. operates as a social reading and publishing company providing entertaining, informative, and original written content across the Web and mobile devices. "
target: Librify, Inc.
Librify is a company providing a social reading experience and bringing the joy of discovering, organizing and sharing books with friends to all platforms and devices.
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closed 6/3/2010 via PR Newswire

Zynga, Inc., acquired Challenge Games, Inc.

synopsis: BancTec, Inc. has acquired Beta Systems ECM Solutions GmbH, a subsidiary of Berlin-based Beta Systems Software AG. Beta Systems ECM Solutions, with its highly scalable solutions for incoming mail, document and payment transactions, is one of Europe's leading enterprise content management (ECM) providers for financial services.
buyer: Zynga, Inc. (ZNGA:$2,721.00)
BancTec helps clients around the world simplify the process of managing their information. Founded in 1972, the company provides a wide range of solutions for automating complex, high-volume and data-intensive business processes. "
target parent: Beta Systems Software AG
target: Challenge Games, Inc.
Beta Systems ECM Solutions GmbH with its focus on large-scale projects, i.e. as solution provider in the banking and insurance environment, is the largest provider in the market segment of document processing at the European level.
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closed 10/6/2016 via PR Newswire

GREE International, Inc., acquired DragonSoul

synopsis: GREE International Entertainment, Inc., the Western arm of global mobile social company GREE, Inc., announced the acquisition of DragonSoul, the mobile role playing game (RPG) developed by PerBlue topping charts on both the iOS and Google Play Store. DragonSoul boasts more than 50,000 five star reviews and more than nine million players worldwide.
buyer parent: Gree, Inc.
buyer: GREE International, Inc.
GREE is a global mobile social gaming company at the forefront of mobile technology. GREE is focused on building the world's leading mobile social gaming ecosystem for users and developers, while creating and supporting unique free-to-play game content. "
target parent: PerBlue, Inc.
target: DragonSoul
DragonSoul is the hit free to download, fantasy mobile role-playing game developed by PerBlue. Brawl with vicious dragons and battle mighty monsters on a furious campaign against Evil.
price ($mm)
$35
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closed 3/11/2020 via Company Press Release

Tilting Point, purchased Star Trek Timelines from Disruptor Beam

synopsis: Tilting Point has acquired the popular character collection role-playing game (CCRPG) Star Trek Timelines from Disruptor Beam. Star Trek Timelines is considered the most expansive Star Trek game on mobile, featuring content across the first ten films and all seven television series, including the upcoming Star Trek: Picard.
buyer: Tilting Point
Tilting Point is a next-generation games partner that provides top development studios with capital, expert resources, services, and operational support to scale the success of high-quality free-to-play games. "
seller: Disruptor Beam
Star Trek Timelines is a character collection role-playing game (CCRPG) for the PC and mobile platforms. Star Trek Timelines is the most expansive Star Trek game on mobile, featuring content across the first ten films and all seven television series, including the upcoming Star Trek: Picard.
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closed 2/28/2018 via GlobeNewswire

Ubisoft Entertainment S.A., acquired 1492 Studio

synopsis: Ubisoft, a leading creator, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment products worldwide, has acquired 1492 Studio, a game development studio in France that develops free-to-play episodic and interactive romance stories on mobile. Their "Is it Love?" franchise is a series of interactive dramas that feature enthralling narratives.
buyer: Ubisoft Entertainment S.A. (ENXTPA:UBI:$1,959.78)
Ubisoft is a leading creator, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment products worldwide, with a rich portfolio of world-renowned brands. Their teams are committed to delivering original and memorable gaming experiences across all popular platforms. "
target: 1492 Studio
Founded in 2014, 1492 Studio is a game development studio in France that develops free-to-play episodic and interactive romance stories on mobile. Their "Is it Love?" franchise is a series of interactive dramas that feature enthralling narratives, stylized artwork, and an interactive design.
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