[ATTACH=RIGHT]16416[/ATTACH]This Friday, Google will announce its acquisition of [URL="http://www.slide.com/corp/index.html"]Slide[/URL], for $182 million. Earlier this year, Slide was [URL="http://www.fastcompany.com/mic/2010/industry/most-innovative-web-companies"]named one of the ten most innovative web companies[/URL] by Fast Company. If you've ever thrown a sheep at someone on Facebook, you've used a Slide product. The company, which says it's responsible for 100 SuperPokes a second, 5 million sheep thrown a day, and 100 spells cast per minute in its [URL="http://www.slide.com/corp/products-superpocus.html"]SuperPocus Academy of Magic[/URL], began as a photo-oriented shopping service but has changed its business model [URL="http://www.businessinsider.com/slide-is-onto-its-second-office-fifth-business-model-2010-2"]a whopping five times[/URL], eventually morphing into a social-gaming site.[ATTACH]16415[/ATTACH]The company was founded by [URL="http://www.crunchbase.com/person/max-levchin"]Max …

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[ATTACH=RIGHT]16532[/ATTACH]Yet [URL="http://techcrunch.com/2010/08/09/google-aquires-jambool-social-gold/"]another target of Google's shopping list has been revealed[/URL], this time [URL="http://www.jambool.com/"]Jambool[/URL], the producer of Social Gold, a payment product that allows developers to build a payment system directly into their applications. The purchase price is a rumored $55 million dollars, with an additional sum on earnout. Founded in 2006, San Francisco-based Jambool is the brainchild of [URL="http://www.crunchbase.com/person/vikas-gupta"]Vikas Gupta[/URL], a former Amazon employee whose creations include the Send Good Karma and Hug Me apps. Jambool's Social Gold provides three APIs: Virtual Currency, with which developers can create virtual currencies for transactions and payments in virtual economies; Payments, which handles …

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Intel is known for being…well, Intel. They have been making processors and the like for as long as anyone cares to remember and while they may be the current reigning champ in the desktop PC processors wars, the same cannot be said about the oh-so-popular “gadget” market. Intel is a house built on the foundation of x86 architecture and this has served them well for years, but with the boom of the mobile market (be it iPad, iPhone, etc) Intel’s reliance upon x86 architecture leaves them high and dry. ARM processors dominate the mobile market due in no small part …

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According to the Associated Press article, "[URL="http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100706/ap_on_hi_te/us_tec_technology_consolidation;_ylt=Aue.2rGwfTjg.EXFBurPtDIjtBAF;_ylu=X3oDMTMwZ2I5cjU2BGFzc2V0A2FwLzIwMTAwNzA2L3VzX3RlY190ZWNobm9sb2d5X2NvbnNvbGlkYXRpb24EY3BvcwMxBHBvcwMxBHNlYwN5bl90b3Bfc3RvcnkEc2xrA3RlY2hjdXN0b21lcg--"]Tech customers question industry's takeover spree[/URL]," large technical companies have absorbed smaller tech companies to the detriment of their customers although these tech "sponges" say they're doing it "for their customers." How can there be such a disparity between the reality of customer pain and the public face of the tech companies? But why would a customer complain about their favorite tech company getting soaked up by a larger, better funded company? In a single word: Delivery. Delivery is how efficiently customers are served by a provider. And, it's a major pain point for …

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[URL="http://www.intel.com"]Intel[/URL] acquired [URL="http://www.windriver.com"]Wind River[/URL] for $884 million to boost Linux adoption in the Intel Atom market. Obviously Intel sees Wind River's embedded Linux market as new opportunity for its Atom processor family. There's also buzz about multi-core processor offerings from the two in the near future. I see this as a major blow to what we techies have historically referred to as the [I]Wintel[/I] market. Wintel refers to Intel systems running [URL="http://www.microsoft.com"]Microsoft's[/URL] Windows software. We frequently talk about Wintel boxes and Wintel architecture and I'm sure that some of that will continue but now, with this acquisition, we'll soon refer …

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Some are feeling the pinch of the credit crunch and cutting their spending accordingly, others continue to spend, spend, spend. Symantec would appear to fall into the latter category as it has announced a definitive agreement to acquire online messaging and Web security specialist MessageLabs for a purchase price of around $695 million in cash. This breaks down to a couple of payments, one for $154 million in US Dollars and another for around £310 million in UK Pounds Sterling. Not that MessageLabs isn't a good buy. It apparently generated $145 million in revenue during the financial year ending July …

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In the past few weeks, we have seen Microsoft trying to acquire Yahoo! for some $46-odd billion dollars. They failed. So, moving on, they are [URL="http://furrier.org/2008/05/19/silicon-valley-rumor-microsoft-to-buy-yahoo-search-and-then-facebook/"]trying to acquire Facebook now[/URL]. Mark Zuckerberg is standing firm on this one though. They are decisively saying "no" to the acquisition. [URL="http://www.ginside.com/2008/1589/google-to-buy-facebook/"]Facebook is not seeking to be acquired anytime soon[/URL]. With rumors of Microsoft offering anywhere from $15-$20Bn to Facebook. But what kind of complications would this have for Yahoo! or Google? The primary factor is the data available to the search engines. Right now, for the most part, Facebook data is confidential and …

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