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Apple in talks to acquire Swell, an app that creates personalized talk radio from podcasts

Apple is in talks to purchase Swell, a mobile app startup that produces a personalized stream of podcasts for iPhone, according to a report from Re/code. Unnamed sources close to the deal said that it could be worth $30 million. While there are no shortage of podcasts available to download, including GeekWire’s own weekly radio… Read More

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Chirpify acquires Measureful to bolster social media commerce platform

In an all-Portland deal, social commerce platform Chirpify today announced the acquisition of fellow Rose City-based digital marketing startup Measureful. This is the first acquisition for Chirpify, a four-year-old startup that lets people make purchases with hashtags on social media and helps companies with their social media campaigns. Measureful, meanwhile, crunches marketing data insight and has… Read More

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Watch out, Yelp: Google acquires restaurant website builder Appetas

Google has acquired Appetas, a Seattle-based startup that helps restaurants build websites. In a blog post, Appetas co-founders Keller Smith and Curtis Fonger note that they will be shutting down their company to join Google. “Google shares Appetas’ vision for bringing incredibly simple experiences to merchants that strengthen their business,” they wrote. “We’re very excited to use… Read More

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Pethub acquires GetPetsHome, offers free digital pet ID tags

Seattle startup PetHub, maker of a QR code pet-finding tag that attaches to a pet’s collar, today acquired Atlanta-based GetPetsHome.com. As a result of the deal, PetHub has acquired GetPetsHome’s user list and domain name. The three employees from GetPetsHome, which also made QR-coded ID tags for pets, will not be joining PetHub. GetPetsHome users will be… Read More

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Yahoo acquires social media visualization startup Vizify

Vizify, a Portland-based startup that turns your social media chatter into visualizations, today was acquired by Yahoo. Founded by Todd Silverstein, Jeff Cutler-Stamm, and Eli Tucker in 2011, Vizify is all about helping individuals make great first impressions. It does this by sucking in information that people already share online on social networking sites, and turning… Read More

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Intuit buys online appointment startup Full Slate

Full Slate, a Seattle-based company that provided appointment scheduling tools to small businesses, announced today that it has been acquired by personal finance giant Intuit. The company will be joining Intuit’s Small Business Management Solutions Business and will be working closely with Demandforce, a San Francisco-based small business marketing and communications company acquired by Intuit… Read More

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Microsoft acquires API management firm Apiphany

Microsoft announced today that it has acquired Apiphany, an API management company that helps developers securely expose APIs to developers that are looking to use them. Apiphany, which is based in Washington, D.C., brings with it a list of clients that includes the Washington Post, which is now owned by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos. The… Read More

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Amazon buying TenMarks math instruction startup, moving further into education

Amazon is diving further into the education market with an acquisition announced today. The Seattle-based retail giant said that it has reached an acquisition agreement with TenMarks, a company that works to provide K-12 students with a personalized math curriculum. The two companies plan to work together to provide multi-platform educational offerings. TenMarks, backed by… Read More

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Business-intelligence tech company Extended Results acquired by Tibco Software

Redmond-based Extended Results, a privately held business-intelligence technology company known in part for its PushBI app for Windows 8, has been acquired by Tibco Software of Palo Alto, the companies announced this morning. Extended Results, which had been in business for almost eight years, has 50 employees. The Extended Results consulting and engineering teams will… Read More

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Yahoo buys, kills Rockmelt in the same day

The question floating around Silicon Valley seems to be: what isn’t Yahoo buying these days? Social browser company Rockmelt is the latest company to join the menagerie of acquisitions by Yahoo in recent months. Rockmelt began as the brainchild of Eric Vishria and Tim Howes, Hewlett-Packard alumni who wanted to build a browser that allowed… Read More

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Apple buys Canadian startup Locationary to boost maps

Apple’s much-maligned Maps app may be getting a boost thanks to a new acquisition. The Cupertino-based company recently acquired Locationary, a startup that focuses on improving mapping data for local businesses. A lack of reliable local data has been one of the weak points of Apple’s current maps app, so the acquisition will probably bring… Read More

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Puppet Labs gobbles another company, this time Geppetto-maker Cloudsmith

Portland-based Puppet Labs made its second acquisition in three years today, swooping up Geppetto-maker Cloudsmith. Cloudsmith, a virtual company spread across the globe, already provided tools that made it easier for developers to use Puppet Labs’ software. Now with the acquisition, all seven Cloudsmith employees will work for Puppet Labs. The companies did not disclose… Read More

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Yahoo buys contact-organizer Xobni, continues acquisition spree

Yahoo’s mad acquisition spree continued Wednesday with Xobni, a San Francisco-based startup that helps users organize contacts (Xobni is “inbox” spelled backward.) More than five years after walking away from an acquisition deal with Microsoft, Xobni apparently decided that the price was right and has moved from their offices in San Francisco down the peninsula… Read More

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Junk mail eliminator PaperKarma acquired by Reputation.com

It only seemed like a matter of time before someone big swooped up PaperKarma, the popular junk mail eliminator app. And that’s happened today. Reputation.com, a leading provider of online reputation products and services, has acquired PaperKarma, the Seattle startup that allows recipients of junk mail to snap a photo of the worthless offer, catalog or flyer, and, in… Read More

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Study shows Sprint severely undervaluing Clearwire spectrum

A study that one Clearwire shareholder commissioned shows that the company’s spectrum is worth two to three times more than what Sprint is currently offering in its bid to acquire Bellevue-based Clearwire. The study, done by Information Age Economics, shows that Sprint’s current offer of $2.97 per share undervalues its longtime partner Clearwire. It was commissioned by Crest… Read More

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Supercomputer deal: Cray to acquire Appro for $25M

Seattle-based Cray is aiming to improve its position in high-performance computing with a $25 million cash acquisition of Appro International — a California-based company that is currently the No. 3 provider of systems on the closely watched Top100 supercomputer list. Appro, headquartered in Milpitas, Calif., will form the basis for a new Cluster Solutions business… Read More

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Boeing to acquire software company Inmedius to boost ‘digital airline’ strategy

Boeing has reached a deal to buy Inmedius, a software company based in Pittsburgh that makes software for managing and distributing technical information. Think of it as “big data” in the air. The deal, announced this morning, will support Boeing’s “digital airline” strategy — an initiative to help airlines gather and make sense of the large amounts… Read More