M&A

Could Google Split UP? — Google+,

Google+, which launched in late June 2011, has consistently failed to meet expectations -- especially that a Google-owned social network could compete neck-and-neck with Facebook, the world's largest social network. While Google+ features, like Hangouts and Circles, have proven popular, the site itself hasn't gained the kind of user base that can take a real […]

Twitter Acquires Niche, a Social-media Talent Scout

Niche helps online stars on services like Vine to find advertisers. Twitter is acquiring Niche, a New York startup that matches social media stars with advertisers, helping Twitter tap into the lucrative world of Internet celebrity. Niche was founded in 2013 and helps hot creators on platforms like Vine, Instagram and YouTube to make money […]

Dropbox Buys Pixelapse

Cloud sync-and-share company Dropbox, never one to shy away from an acquisition, has snapped up startup Pixelapse, which provides a GitHub-like version control service for "tens of thousands" of visual designers. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. The way Pixelapse works is simple and familiar to anyone who's used a version control service like […]

SAP GROWING THROUGH ACQUISITIONS

SAP (NYSE: SAP) saw first quarter revenues grow 6% over the year to €3.7 billion (~$5.1 billion), in line with market estimates. EPS of €0.56 (~$0.77) was ahead of the Street's projections of $0.62 for the quarter. By segment, software and support revenues grew 7% to €2.8 billion (~$3.9 billion) and revenues from cloud subscriptions […]