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Apple Acquires Tech Analytics Start Up LearnSprout

On February 17, 2016 By

2015 was the biggest year ever for mergers and acquisitions. According to Dealogic 4.7 Trillion in deals were made during the of the year, including 63 deals worth $10 Billion or more. While 2016 is just beginning, some deals this year are highlighted not by the acquisition cost, but instead the potential for future growth or […]

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Tech M&A Numbers Reveal Industry Crossroads

On September 24, 2015 By

Global trends in merger and acquisition activity are reaching record numbers, with last year alone generating $3.5 trillion in deals. Of that total, the technology industry accounted for $214 billion. Although the industry has not generated this type of deal activity since 2007, the facts underlying these deals aren’t necessarily indicative of growth so often […]

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Big Data Arms Race

On March 30, 2015 By

Data privacy is currently a hot topic in the legal community. What few seem to be talking about, however, is the effect that the rapid consolidation among large companies in the big data industry has on consumer privacy. A coalition of four privacy advocates—the Center for Digital Democracy (CDD), U.S. PIRG, Consumer Watchdog, and Public […]

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On September 30th, eBay announced that it will adopt a new business strategy—break up the company by spinning off PayPal.  This comes six months after one of eBay’s investors, Carl Icahn, first suggested this strategic move.  After the breakup is complete, PayPal will be a separate publicly traded company, free to […]

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Microsoft Acquires Maker of Minecraft for $2.5 Billion

On September 16, 2014 By

The era of console gaming is probably coming to an end. At least it seems Microsoft thinks so. Yesterday, the company announced the acquisition of a little-known game publisher called Mojang. It should not be very surprising if you haven’t heard of them, as they have not published many hit games. The one […]

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Netflix Seeks to Block Comcast and Time Warner Merger

On September 2, 2014 By

Netflix has been one of the most vocal opponents of the proposed merger of Comcast and Time Warner Cable. Just this week the streaming company filed a Petition to Deny with the FCC which formally asks the government to block the deal.

Netflix argues that if the two cable companies […]

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Virtual Data Rooms: Do you have one?

On June 30, 2014 By

When it comes to sharing data for due diligence, entrepreneurs and their lawyers are faced with a bit of a choice. Companies used to host physical data storage rooms for transactions and document review where they could keep all physical copies of the documents needed to complete the deal; often it was under guard and/or […]

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Entertaining Conglomeration

On May 27, 2014 By

Over the last several months the high profile merger between Comcast and Time Warner Cable has been a major point of interest for analysts, commentators, and consumers of digital entertainment. Currently the primary potential hurdle left for the deal’s completion is regulatory approval with the Department of Justice. Critics argue that this […]

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Faceboculus: The Metaverse had a Kickstarter

On April 18, 2014 By

The Oculus Rift, at a mere two years old, has taken the gaming press by storm. The Rift is a motion-tracking, head-tracking 3D screen that you wear on your head for complete immersion. After the thoroughly terrible VR days of the 90s, maybe nobody expected VR to be a real thing […]

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Last month Comcast, the nation’s largest cable and broadband internet provider, announced that it had made a bid to purchase Time Warner Cable (TWC), the nation’s second largest cable provider for an eye-popping $45 billion.  If the deal goes through, Comcast would account for 38% of the broadband market and […]

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