‘Power Rangers’ Brand Acquired By Hasbro, And You Know What That Means

Hasbro, the toy company that’s been making movies based on their toys in Hollywood for a decade now, has just acquired a group of mighty morphin’ teens that should give the company a big boost. A new report says that Hasbro has acquired the entire Power Rangers brand (along with a few lesser-known properties) for […]

Keywords acquired 11 game services firms in 2017 as external development grows

You may not have heard about Keywords before, but it has become a big player behind the scenes in external game development. Headed by CEO Andrew Day, the company acquired 11 game development services companies in 2017. It has amassed more than 5,000 employees Keywords was founded as a game localization company in 1998 in […]

The billionaire cofounder of WhatsApp, which Facebook acquired for $19 billion, just tweeted ‘#deletefacebook’ (FB)

REUTERS/Mike Blake WhatsApp cofounder Brian Acton jumped on the #deletefacebook trend Tuesday. The hashtag formed amidst claims that Facebook allowed data analytics company Cambridge Analytica to collect data from Facebook users’ profiles. Facebook acquired WhatsApp for $ 19 billion in February 2014. Brian Acton, the cofounder of the messaging company Facebook paid $ 19 billion […]

Cybersecurity startup PhishMe acquired for $400 million by private equity consortium and rebranded as Cofense

Cybersecurity startup PhishMe has been acquired by an undisclosed syndicate of private equity firms and rebranded as Cofense, with the company stating that the deal valued it at around $ 400 million. Leesburg, Virginia-based PhishMe provides tools for employees to recognize malicious phishing emails. This partly involves conditioning staff into being able to identify rogue emails, for […]

Apple has acquired Shazam

Enlarge (credit: Samuel Axon) Apple confirmed today in statements to several media outlets that it will buy Shazam, pending approval. This news had previously been reported by TechCrunch, which had one source claiming the sale price was around $ 400 million—far less than Shazam’s $ 1 billion valuation at its last round of funding. Shazam […]

Popular ad blocker Ghostery has released its first major update since being acquired

REUTERS/Mark Blinch Ghostery, the popular ad blocker, has just released its first major update to its browser extension after being acquired n February.  Ghostery 8 is available on Firefox, Chrome, and others, and comes embedded in Cliqz, the privacy-focused browser backed by Mozilla which bought Ghostery this year. The changes are designed to appeal to more […]

Social video app Musical.ly acquired for up to $1 billion

BI Intelligence This story was delivered to BI Intelligence “Digital Media Briefing” subscribers. To learn more and subscribe, please click here. Musical.ly, a teen-focused lip-syncing app with 60 million monthly active users (MAU), has been acquired by Chinese media company Bytedance, The Wall Street Journal reports. Financial terms weren’t disclosed, though the deal is reportedly worth between $ […]

HPE has shrunk so much it’s abandoning its iconic Palo Alto campus to move in with a company it acquired (HPE, HPQ)

Two years after the breaking up of Hewlett-Packard Co, Hewlett Packard Enterprise is selling its headquarters in Palo Alto, California. After years of layoffs and restructuring, the company will consolidate some of its Silicon Valley offices.  HPE will move its headquarters to the HPE Aruba office in Santa Clara. The office was recently built to house the team at Aruba, […]

Nearly-dead valet startup Luxe has been acquired by Volvo (VOLV-B)

Luxe Just months after closing its core product and going on life support, valet parking startup Luxe has been acquired by Volvo.  The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.  Luxe, which let drivers order an instant valet to meet them at their car and park it, closed its app in April after four years in service. The […]