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The Kubernetes World: VMware Acquires Heptio
"One week ago, a one hundred and seven year old technology company bet its future, at least in part, on an open source project that turned four this past June. It shouldn’t come as a total surprise, therefore, that a twenty year old six hundred pound gorilla of virtualization paid a premium for one of the best regarded collections of talent of that same open source project, the fact that containers are disruptive to classic virtualization notwithstanding."
containers  m&a  announcements 
5 days ago by jonerp
Big Blue Puts on a Red Hat: IBM Acquires Red Hat
> While many organizations have extensive on and off premise infrastructure investments, comparatively few of them are sophisticated in the way that those environments are tied to each other. If expectations are scaled back to the more realistic “multi-cloud” – the idea that an organization may have investments in more than one environment – the relevance and importance of OpenShift becomes more clear.

This is clever to point out that enterprises have enough trouble integrating their existing, on-premise stuff, let along the complexity and newness of tying together public and private cloud.
cloud  multicloud  IBM  redhat  kubernetes  m&a  containers  redmonk 
11 days ago by cote
Apple Completes Acquisition of Shazam – MacStories
Late last year, Apple announced that it had agreed to purchase Shazam, the music-discovery service. The acquisition was held up for a time by an investigation by the European Commission, which ultimately said the deal is not anti-competitive and could go forward. Today Apple announced that the deal had been completed.
In a press release, Apple said:
Shazam has been downloaded over 1 billion times around the world, and users identify songs using the Shazam app over 20 million times each day. With pioneering innovation in music identification, Shazam helps people discover, interact with and share video, audio or printed content across devices and mediums — and allows music fans to follow their favorite artists and share in the thrill of discovery.
Apple also announced that Shazam would soon be offered ad-free to all users.
apple  M&A  shazam  business  press_release 
18 days ago by rgl7194
DOJ approves $69B CVS-Aetna merger as healthcare industry restructures
> CVS, which racked up about $185 billion in revenue last year, runs the country’s largest retail-pharmacy chain and provides prescription plans to more than 94 million customers. By joining forces with Aetna—the nation’s third-largest health-insurance provider with over 22 million medical members, earning $60 billion in revenue in 2017—CVS will have a tight grasp on the market. The combined enterprise aims to be a first-line health care hub with clinics in its ubiquitous brick-and-mortar stores.
healthcare  cvs  mergers  m&a  aetna  usa 
4 weeks ago by cote
Hadoop Needs To Be A Business, Not Just A Platform
Financial goop on Cloudera and HortonWorks merging:

> The deal for the merger of the two companies is surprisingly simple. Shareholders in Hortonworks will get 1.305 shares in Cloudera and Cloudera will be the remaining company in fact, if not necessarily in name. This means that Cloudera shareholders will own 60 percent of the combined company and Hortonworks shareholders will own the remaining 40 percent. The combined companies had a fully diluted equity value of $5.2 billion before the merger was announced. At the time the deal was announced, the combined firms had more than $500 million in cash, no debt, and 2,500 customers who largely do not overlap. There are more than 120 customers who spend $1 million a year and another 800 customers who spend more than $100,000 a year for subscriptions and such.
m&a  hortonworks  bigdata  financials  cloudera  hadoop 
5 weeks ago by cote
SiriusXM Purchases Pandora For $3.5 billion | Consequence of Sound
The acquisition creates the "largest audio entertainment company"
Satellite radio giant SiriusXM is purchasing Internet radio giant Pandora for $3.5 billion, the companies announced Monday.
The acquisition creates the “largest audio entertainment company,” according to a press release, as Pandora’s 70 million mostly active users join SiriusXM’s 36 million paid subscribers.
Pandora’s “powerful music platform will enable SiriusXM to significantly expand its presence beyond vehicles into the home and other mobile areas,” a press release adds.
music  streaming  sirius_xm  pandora  business  M&A  radio 
6 weeks ago by rgl7194
Pandora is being purchased by SiriusXM for $3.5 billion | iMore
The deal should be completed in Q1 2019.
Pandora, one of the oldest names in the music streaming market, is being purchased by SiriusXM for $3.5 billion in stock. The deal was announced on Monday, September 24, and SiriusXM expects that everything should be finalized around the first quarter of 2019.
According to CNBC, the acquisition includes a "go-shop" provision. With this, Pandora "may actively solicit, receive, evaluate and potentially enter negotiations with parties that offer alternative proposals following the execution date of the definitive agreement." In other words, Pandora will have a chance to look for better offers than what SiriusXM is providing and act on one should it become available.
music  streaming  sirius_xm  pandora  business  M&A  radio 
6 weeks ago by rgl7194
SiriusXM to pay $3.5 billion for Pandora | Ars Technica
Pandora has been looking for a buyer for years.
Pandora has agreed to be acquired by satellite company SiriusXM for $3.5 billion. The deal will expand SiriusXM's reach. The satellite company has 36 million subscribers, while Pandora has more than 70 million monthly active users.
The companies say users shouldn't expect any immediate changes, and Pandora will continue to operate as a separate service.
Pandora has amassed a massive audience, but the company has struggled financially due to long-running fights with music labels over music licensing rates. Recently it has lost ground to rivals Spotify and Apple Music, and last year it launched a Spotify-like premium on-demand service. The company has been looking for a buyer for a couple of years.
music  streaming  sirius_xm  pandora  business  M&A  radio 
6 weeks ago by rgl7194
Broadcom CEO Dangles CA Technologies Bait, Investors Bite
Tan told investors during the company’s third fiscal quarter of 2018 conference call Thursday that he thinks Broadcom will be able to tap into CA Technologies’ current software customers to sell its switches, routers, and fiber optic equipment.

“Just as we have done with hypercloud players, we believe we can bring our compute offload solutions, our Tomahawk switches, Jericho routers, fiber optics, and our server storage connectivity portfolio directly to these same large enterprises that are buying CA software,” Tan told investors, according to transcripts. “Through CA we believe we have a big doorway to engage strategically with these customers and provide them direct access at very compelling economics to the same leading edge … storage and compute technologies that are used to enable the cloud service providers today.”
m&a  channel  integration  ca  broadcom 
9 weeks ago by cote
Apple’s Acquisition of Shazam Approved by the European Commission – MacStories
Last December, Apple announced plans to acquire music-discovery service Shazam. The service, which makes iOS, watchOS, and macOS apps that can detect songs, TV shows, and advertisements from their sound signatures, has been on Apple’s platforms since the early days of iOS and is the engine behind Siri’s ability to recognize songs.
Since February, the deal has been on hold while the European Commission considered whether it would adversely impact competition. In a press release today, Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, who is in charge of competition policy, explained...
apple  shazam  M&A  business  europe 
9 weeks ago by rgl7194

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