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Quantum acquires Symform’s technology and team

Symform, the Seattle-based cloud storage startup, announced today that its technology and development team have been acquired by Quantum, a San Jose-based backup and data retention company. The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Quantum says it’s committed to maintaining Symform’s service for existing customers, and boosting its cloud offerings with the technology and human resources… Read More

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Seattle pet sitting service Rover.com finds perfect mate, acquires Sleepover Rover

Rover.com, meet Sleepover Rover. Seattle-based online pet sitting service Rover.com is acquiring Phoenix-based Sleepover Rover, uniting two companies that are attempting to make it easier to find qualified people to watch dogs. Terms of the deal are not being announced. Sleepover Rover operates in-home dog boarding services in California, Washington, Oregon, Nevada, Arizona, Colorado and… Read More

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Shares of T-Mobile and Sprint tumble after blockbuster deal collapses; Marcelo Claure named new CEO of Sprint

Wall Street seems to have really liked the idea of Sprint and T-Mobile tie up. Shares of both companies tumbled on Wednesday morning after reports emerged that Sprint is canceling its planned takeover of T-Mobile, the fourth largest wireless carrier in the U.S. Overland Park, Kansas-based Sprint is taking the brunt of the negative reaction,… Read More

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Tune, formerly HasOffers, buys MobileDevHQ to help clients boost app downloads

Seattle startup MobileDevHQ has been acquired by Tune, the Seattle company formerly known as HasOffers. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. MobileDevHQ’s tools help mobile marketers track keywords and competitors, helping to boost app downloads in the process. The company offers a free “professional” product, which allows users to track up to three apps… Read More

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Zillow to pay up to $150 million termination fee if blockbuster Trulia acquisition falls apart

Zillow’s whopping $3.5 billion bid for rival Trulia still faces regulatory scrutiny and shareholder approval, hurdles that Zillow CEO Spencer Rascoff said he does not believe will get in the way of the company’s biggest acquisition ever. Even so, if the deal falls apart, Zillow must pay a termination fee of $150 million to Trulia. Under… Read More

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Real estate dominance: 5 reasons why Zillow is paying a big premium to buy Trulia

Why did Zillow buy its longtime rival Trulia? Stock analysts, financial journalists and real estate professionals are chewing on that one today, pontificating on the blockbuster $3.5 billion all-stock deal. I’ve watched Zillow and Trulia aggressively compete since they were started nearly 10 years ago, engaging in messy patent fights and plenty of boastful talk. With those… Read More

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Zillow buying Trulia: An industry perspective

Zillow announced that it plans to buy Trulia today for $3.5 billion, positioning the combined company as the unquestioned leader in the online real estate space. What does this deal mean for the real estate industry? And, more specifically, what does it mean for the real estate brokerages and agents who are their paying customers like… Read More

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Zillow pays $3.5 billion for longtime rival Trulia

Zillow is paying $3.5 billion to acquire Trulia, a whopping deal that will bring together the two long-time rivals and create a powerhouse in the online real estate industry. The companies announced the deal — first reported by Bloomberg News last week and the biggest acquisition in Zillow’s 9-year history — this morning. “We obviously… Read More

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Realogy buying ZipRealty for $166 million, a valuation that could give Redfin pause

Realogy Holdings, which operates brands such as Coldwell Banker, Century 21, ERA and Sotheby’s International, is adding another one to its lineup. Madison, New Jersey-based Realogy today announced that it has entered into an agreement to buy publicly-traded ZipRealty for $6.75 per share in an all-cash deal valued at $166 million. “The acquisition of ZipRealty… Read More

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18-year-old Seattle retailer OnlineShoes.com finds a buyer, merges with ShoeMe

OnlineShoes.com, a Seattle online retailer of footwear that got its start in 1996 a year after Amazon.com emerged on the scene, has been acquired by Canadian entrepreneur Roger Hardy. Hardy Capital Corp. is buying the online retailer for an undisclosed sum, joining with a group of Canadian investors. They’ve also purchased Vancouver, B.C.-based ShoeMe.ca, with… Read More

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Expedia buys Australian travel firm for $658M, tamps down ‘inaccurate’ eLong rumors

Expedia is making waves overseas. The Bellevue-based online travel giant announced Monday morning that it plans to buy Australian online travel company Wotif.com for $658 million in cash. Wotif Group operates online travel brands in the Asia-Pacific such as Wotif.com, lastminute.com.au, travel.com.au, Asia Web Direct, LateStays.com, GoDo.com.au and Arnold Travel Technology. Wotif Group recorded $555… Read More

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IPO market for venture-backed companies remains strong, but M&A deals slow

It’s still a good time to go public. Twenty-eight venture-backed companies completed initial public offerings during the second quarter, raising $4.9 billion. That was a 45 percent increase in dollars raised compared to the previous quarter, according to an analysis by Thomson Reuters and the National Venture Capital Association. It was the fifth consecutive quarter… Read More

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Google just quietly bought this stealthy Seattle startup led by ex-Clearwire researchers

Sometimes startups attract corporate attention after releasing cutting-edge products, or nailing down key customers. Others get gobbled up before they ever really get going. The latter situation appears to be the case with Alpental Technologies, a stealthy Seattle area startup that was just recently acquired by Google. Haven’t heard of Alpental? Don’t worry. Not much… Read More

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Shares of Move Inc. jump on speculation of Trulia buyout

Trulia Inc. is still digesting Market Leader following last year’s $355 million acquisition of the Bellevue online real estate company. Now, could Trulia be on the prowl for an even bigger fish? According to a Benzinga report citing an unnamed source, San Francisco-based Trulia could be angling to buy Move Inc. for as much as… Read More

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Priceline gobbling up OpenTable for $2.6 billion

The Priceline Group has quite the appetite for acquisitions. Two days after buying Seattle hotel marketing startup Buuteeq, the Norwalk, Conn.-based travel giant announced that it has entered into a deal to buy OpenTable for $103 per share in an all cash deal valued at $2.6 billion. Priceline’s Darren Huston called OpenTable a great match…. Read More

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Priceline buys Seattle hotel marketing startup Buuteeq

  Buuteeq, a Seattle startup that powers the Web sites for hotels around the world, was acquired today by Priceline in a deal of undisclosed size. Buuteeq will continue to operate as an independent business within The Priceline Group, joining other units such as Booking.com and Kayak. “We are delighted to welcome Buuteeq as the… Read More

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Google buying satellite startup Skybox Imaging for $500M

Google says it will pay $500 million in cash for Skybox Imaging, using the company’s satellites and related technology to improve its Google Maps service. The deal was announced by the search company a few minutes ago. In a post about the news, Skybox says, “We’ve built and launched the world’s smallest high­-resolution imaging satellite, which collects… Read More

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A T-Mobile and Sprint tie-up will look more pink than yellow

What do you get when you mix the third-and-fourth-largest wireless phone carriers together? You get a combined wireless carrier that serves about 100 million subscribers and a coverage area that nearly blankets the U.S. (It’s closest rivals AT&T and Verizon Wireless are both nationwide and have 100 million subscribers apiece.) In the map below, provided by Mosaik… Read More

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Double Down Interactive parent IGT reportedly exploring sale

International Game Technology, the Las Vegas-based casino game maker, is looking for a buyer, according to a report today in Reuters. The company, which in early 2012 paid up to $500 million for Seattle social gaming powerhouse Double Down Interactive, currently boasts a market value of $3 billion. IGT’s value has dropped about 21 percent… Read More

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Time Inc. buys family scheduling app Cozi

Seattle startup Cozi, founded in 2005 by former Microsoft manager Robbie Cape, has been acquired by Time Inc. in a deal of undisclosed size. The company, with about 10 million users, developed a Web site and mobile application designed to help families better schedule activities. “Cozi is a terrific fit for Time Inc.,” said Time… Read More

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Microsoft buys Paris startup Capptain to better analyze mobile app usage

Microsoft is buying Capptain, a small Paris-based startup that helps mobile developers get a better sense of how people are using their applications. Terms of the deal — announced today on the Capptain Web site — were not immediately known. The Capptain service analyzes user behavior within apps, and then compiles push notifications with specially-targeted messages,… Read More