Mergers & Acquisitions


Vine won't be the last tech acquisition to fizzle

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Twitter said Vine, which had 100 million people watching videos each month, would be shut down "in the coming months." "It's an axiom in the (venture capital) business that 90% of acquisitions or mergers fail to achieve the stated objectives," says Stewart Alsop, a partner in Alsop Louie Partners, a venture capital firm in Silicon Valley. And yet in their pursuit of a merger that blows up (in a good way), leaders of Silicon Valley companies and beyond can't always find the perfect match of a Google-YouTube or eBay-PayPal. Undeterred by its long-ago AOL experience, Time Warner is pursuing an $85 billion merger with AT&T.


Interest of global tech giants including Apple, Intel revives in Indian startup space - The Economic Times

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BENGALURU HYDERABAD: Apple's recent acquisition of Indian machine-learning startup Tuplejump offers further evidence of a revival in the interest of global technology giants in the country's startup space, especially in areas such as artificial intelligence, cloud infrastructure and automation. What's appealing about Indian entrepreneurs and their ventures is a combination of talent, technology, traction and transactions, said Ravi Gururaj, Nasscom product council chairman. Major acquisitions in 2016 point to growing demand for technologies that are'hot' right now, including machine learning, cloud infrastructure and automation, experts said. The tech giants are keen on acquiring companies that specialise in machine learning and artificial intelligence, said Thiyagarajan M, head of mergers and acquisitions (M&As) at software product thinktank iSPIRT.


Panasonic may buy artificial intelligence companies for mobile technology - Artificial Intelligence Online

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In the mobile phones we are still 2-year-oldFord's CEO has a smart plan to save his company from disruption. We want to integrate all future technologies based on AI," Rana said, adding that the technology will help it garner larger market share in India. Besides AI technology, Panasonic also plans to diversify into the Internet of Things segment by launching products in the home automationFord's CEO has a smart plan to save his company from disruption. On the personal healthcare front, Panasonic is in discussions with a few partners who are developing products like Smart thermometer and smart blood pressure meter that can work with the company's smartphones.


Panasonic India to develop artificial intelligence tech for smartphones; plans strategic acquisitions ET Telecom

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NEW DELHI: Panasonic India is scouting for companies to acquire in 6-9 months to develop artificial intelligence (AI) and Machine learning technologies, which it wants to integrate with its future smartphones to differentiate from rival vendors in the crowded yet fast growing market. At the global level, a US-based crowd-funded startup, Nextbit, the makers of Robin smartphone, is already using in-built artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning technologies in their smartphone. We want to integrate all future technologies based on AI," Rana said, adding that the technology will help it garner larger market share in India. On the personal healthcare front, Panasonic is in discussions with a few partners who are developing products like Smart thermometer and smart blood pressure meter that can work with the company's smartphones.