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FTC issues approval for Facebook-Instagram deal to move forward

The Federal Trade Commission announced today that it has closed its investigation of the Facebook-Instagram acquisition without taking any action, which will allow the deal to move forward. The commission was unanimous in its decision to end investigation into whether … Continue reading

Report: Gannett to acquire Facebook ad optimization company BLiNQ Media

Gannett Co., which owns USA Today and a number of digital media properties, has agreed to buy Facebook ad tech company BLiNQ Media for $92 million, according to TechCrunch sources. Gannett, which already owns rich media ad company PointRoll and full-service digital … Continue reading

Google acquires Wildfire, maker of social marketing software

Google today announced that it agreed to acquire Wildfire Interactive, a social media marketing software company that is a popular solution for managing pages and apps across platforms. Terms of the deal have not been disclosed, but AllThingsD reports that … Continue reading

Zuckerberg tight-lipped about lack of progress on Instagram deal

It’s been over three months since Facebook announced it would buy mobile photo sharing application and social network Instagram for a combination of cash and shares worth up to $1 billion, but nothing has come of it yet. When asked about … Continue reading

Facebook adds iOS and Mac development studio Acrylic to design team

Facebook has hired the team behind Acrylic, a development studio that makes iOS and Mac software, including news reader Pulp and secure database app Wallet. [Update 7/20/12 1:22 p.m. PT - AllThingsD reports that Acrylic is only one person: designer and engineer Dustin MacDonald.] … Continue reading

Microsoft Completes Its $1.2B Yammer Acquisition

yammerMicrosoft just announced that it has now officially completed the acquisition of Yammer, the four-year-old social networking company for enterprises. All the closing conditions have now been met and the Yammer team will now officially join the Microsoft Office Division. After weeks of rumors, the $1.2 billion acquisition was first announced in late June. According to Microsoft, the company is looking forward to “accelerating the adoption of Yammer’s standalone service, and enhancing the social capabilities in Microsoft’s communication and collaboration offerings.”

Autodesk acquires No. 1 Facebook app Socialcam for $60M

Autodesk announced today that it signed a definitive agreement to acquire mobile video sharing app Socialcam for approximately $60 million. The transaction is expected to close by Oct. 31 this year and is subject to customary closing conditions. Currently the … Continue reading

Facebook’s News Feed Sorely Needs A “Read It Later” Button, And That’s Where Spool Comes In

FaceSpoolHere’s a common problem: you notice an awesome article, video, or song in the Facebook news feed but there’s no easy way to save it for later. So while Facebook only bought the talent and not the tech behind Spool, a content caching service, I bet within a few months they’ll help Facebook launch a news feed button for saving external content to the web and your mobile device.

It could even be the basis for a standalone Facebook news feed app. Here’s how FaceSpool could work.

Facebook hires team behind mobile bookmarking service Spool

Facebook has hired the small team behind Spool, a social bookmarking service that makes web content available for offline viewing on mobile devices, the company confirmed this weekend. According to All Things D, this was not a traditional acquisition but … Continue reading

Oracle buys Involver less than 2 months after Vitrue acquisition

Marketing hardware and software corporation Oracle today announced an agreement to acquire social marketing platform company Involver for an unknown sum. The acquisition shows Oracle’s bullishness on social media marketing and sales. At the end of May, the company announced it would buy social management … Continue reading