Posts Tagged ‘acquired’

Gnip Acquired by Twitter


Twitter has acquired Gnip, a social data provider that we have covered in the past. According to Chris Moody of Gnip, “Combining forces with Twitter allows us to go much faster and much deeper. We’ll be able to support a broader set of use cases across a diverse set of users including brands, universities, agencies, and developers big and small. Joining Twitter also provides us access to resources and infrastructure to scale to the next level and offer new products and solutions. This acquisition signals clear recognition that investments in social data are healthier than ever. Our customers can continue to build and innovate on one of the world’s largest and most trusted providers of social data and the foundation for innovation is now even stronger. We will continue to serve you with the best data products available and will be introducing new offerings with Twitter to better meet your needs and help you continue to deliver truly innovative solutions.” Read more

Spectral Acquires Control of Monitr


SEATTLE–(BUSINESS WIRE)–December 02, 2013–Spectral Capital Corporation announced today it has completed the transaction to acquire majority control of Monitr, which includes all intellectual property and assets that the company has and will develop. Monitr is Spectral’s third acquisition in nine months.


Monitr has been developing its technology for a number of years that integrates semantic processing, data analytics, real time search and machine learning into one platform. The platform will also have a social media component. Read more

Desire2Learn Acquires Knowillage Systems, Inc.

KITCHENER-WATERLOO, ONTARIO, Sep 09, 2013 (Marketwired via COMTEX) — Desire2Learn, the EdTech company that created the world’s first truly integrated learning platform, announces its acquisition of Knowillage Systems, Inc., the creator of an adaptive learning engine – LeaP – that improves grades by helping educators address the personal learning needs of every student. Knowillage LeaP uses language processing and analytics to determine gaps in a learner’s skill set and then provides the right tools, content and techniques to address those areas of weakness. This acquisition extends Desire2Learn’s data-driven product offerings, supporting educators in their efforts to accelerate learning and improve individual learner outcomes. Read more

Summly Acquired by Yahoo! for $30M – And What’s the Real Value?

John Abell of GMA News recently told the story of Summly, a company developed by 17-year-old Nick D’Aloisio and sold to Yahoo! for $30 million. Abell writes, “D’Aloisio’s youth—he’s 17—and windfall are interesting data points, even if all the work behind the magic algorithm isn’t the sole product of this high schooler’s brain. Like all really good ideas, Summly’s is simple: Anything can be summarized, but by having a computer do it,  the number of things you can summarize—and the speed with which it can be done—are massively increased. As an app, it filtered news stories and—Presto Chango!—spit out the CliffsNotes version, optimized for a smartphone’s tiny screen (and our infinitesimal attention span).” Read more

Twitter Acquires Bluefin Labs

Rebecca Burn-Callander of Management Today reports that Twitter has acquired Bluefin Labs for $70 million. She writes, “Twitter and TV, a match made in heaven. In fact, the social network has even released its own report entitled ‘Tune in with Twitter’, all about the burgeoning love affair between the small screen and its new ‘second screen’.  ‘The relationship between Twitter and television is strongly symbiotic,’ it says. ‘Users love talking about what is happening on TV, TV viewers love using Twitter to see other viewers‘ opinions.’ And you just have to look at the volumes of tweets generated by the Superbowl on Sunday, and the amount of 140-character dialogue dedicated to each new episode of The Undateables or Girls or My Mad Fat Diary to confirm the theory.” Read more

Beepl Acquired by Brand Embassy

Ingrid Lunden of TechCrunch recently reported that Brand Embassy has acquired Beepl. She writes, “UK-based Brand Embassy, a provider of social-media based customer care services, is buying Beepl, UK-based a semantic search site that launched in January 2012 to take on Quora,, ChaCha and others in the Q&A space. Brand Embassy says it plans to integrate the company’s technology into its platform, which monitors social media sites to help brands engage better with customers. Brand Embassy’s clients include Vodafone, Telefonica O2, AVG, Diageo, Johnson & Johnson. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed but it looks like it may have been a firesale of sorts.” Read more

GetGlue Acquired by Viggle

Julianne Pepitone of CNN Money reports, “The social TV space has been percolating for the past year or two, and its first big merger is here: startup GetGlue has been acquired by lesser-known Viggle. Viggle will buy GetGlue for $25 million in cash and about 48.3 million shares of the company’s publicly traded stock, worth around $53 million at Friday’s closing price. Viggle will run both brands and continue to employ GetGlue’s 34 employees. GetGlue founder and CEO Alex Iskold will take a senior executive position and a board seat at Viggle. Social TV software — also known as “second screen” apps or even the clunky phrase “simultaneous viewing” tools — taps into TV viewers’ use of mobile devices while they watch their favorite shows. More than a dozen startups have popped up to take advantage of the trend, with each platform taking a slightly different approach.” Read more

Mark Cuban Invests in Text Analytics Co LinguaSys

According to a recent article, “LinguaSys, Inc., an international provider of human language technologies producing highly customized Text Analytics, Translation and Natural Language User Interface software, today announced that hi-tech billionaire, entrepreneur, sports and technology mogul, Mark Cuban, has acquired a significant position in the Company.  Cuban owns the NBA World Champion Dallas Mavericks. LinguaSys uniquely analyzes content in its native language, providing human language technologies to some of the world’s largest mutual fund companies, commercial banks, hoteliers and government contractors.  Its software contextually interprets the meaning and intent of written language in any of LinguaSys’ currently supported languages, the result of its proprietary, patent-pending engine, Carabao.”

The article goes on, “Once Carabao discerns the meaning of content, it provides natural language understanding, text analysis or translates the meaning into other languages.  LinguaSys delivers automatic domain detection resulting in improved fidelity, sentiment at the sentence level, collections of synonym-based word families and the addition and deployment of new languages and lexicons faster and more easily than competitors.  LinguaSys creates new value for large enterprises and governments seeking meaningful data in multiple languages in social networks and big data stores. ”

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IHS Acquires Invention Machine

IHS has acquired Information Machine for about $40 million. According to the article, “Invention Machine is a leader in semantic search technology that uncovers relevant insights held within a wealth of internal and external knowledge sources, transforming the underlying data into actionable intelligence. Their patented semantic question-answering software engine leads engineers and knowledge workers to information quickly and enables them to rapidly digest it to make better decisions. As previously announced, IHS also has completed the closing of its acquisition of GlobalSpec Inc., from Warburg Pincus LLC for $135 million. GlobalSpec is the leading specialized vertical search, product information and global access point providing critical digital information tied to key Product Engineering and Design workflows for seven million engineers.” Read more

Oracle Buys Collective Intellect

Chris Kanaracus reports that Oracle has acquired Collective Intellect for the company’s social intelligence tools. Kanaracus writes, “Collective Intellect’s platform includes a semantic analytics engine that derives insights from ‘tens of millions of conversations daily, transforming social conversations into actionable intelligence,’ according to an FAQ document on the acquisition. The Boulder, Colorado, company was founded in 2005 and counts CNBC, Viacom Media Networks and General Mills among its customers.”

He goes on, “This is the second social media-related acquisition for Oracle within the past month, coming shortly after the purchase of Vitrue, a maker of tools for running marketing campaigns through social media. Combined, the Vitrue and Collective Intellect technologies will create the industry’s ‘most advanced and comprehensive social relationship platform,’ Oracle said in a statement.” Read more