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Chinese takeover marks new chapter in history of British Steel

London - A Chinese buy-out marks a new chapter in the tumultuous history of steelmaking in the United Kingdom, which has been characterised by nationalisation, privatisations and recurring crises.

Q&A: Mergers and acquisitions dominating the software sector Special

Industry trends suggest that with increased competition, buyers are going to have to get a lot more creative if they want to win major deals. This means investing in appropriate software, according to Chris Stafford from West Monroe Partners.

With eye on China, Germany shields strategic firms against takeovers

Berlin - Germany toughened rules Wednesday for non-EU share purchases or acquisitions of companies that are part of its critical infrastructure, amid growing disquiet about takeovers by Chinese firms.

Salesforce boss Marc Benioff, wife buy Time magazine

San Francisco - chief Marc Benioff and his wife Lynne will buy storied US news magazine Time for $190 million, a company statement said Sunday."The Benioffs are purchasing TIME personally and the transaction is unrelated to, where Mr.

Cisco set to acquire 2FA provider Duo Security

Networking hardware company Cisco announced its plans to buy two factor authorization provider Duo Security for a combination of cash and equity awards.

Qualcomm rejects Broadcom's 'dramatically undervalued' takeover

Broadcom has announced it has rejected the $105 billion takeover bid proposed by rival Broadcom earlier this month. What would have been the biggest tech deal in history was described by Qualcomm as a "dramatic" undervaluation of its business.

Broadcom and Qualcomm could merge in biggest tech deal in history

Chipmaker Broadcom has announced a proposal to purchase rival Qualcomm for approximately $130bn. Qualcomm is considering the offer but believes the sum undervalues the company. If it goes ahead, the deal would be the biggest ever in the tech industry.

Troubled LeEco abandons plans to acquire U.S. TV brand Vizio

Chinese tech company LeEco has announced it is abandoning its plans to acquire U.S. TV manufacturer Vizio in a deal that was valued at $2 billion. LeEco is struggling to sustain its vast operations, grown from nothing in a matter of years.

Portugal's BPI cedes control of Angola's top bank

Lisbon - Portugal's BPI bank on Thursday ceded control of Angola's top lender to a telecoms company run by Isabel dos Santos, daughter of the country's president and dubbed Africa's richest woman.

HP to buy Samsung's printer business for $1.05 billion

HP has announced it is buying Samsung's printer business in a deal valued at over $1 billion. The U.S. computing giant will use Samsung's printers and copiers to drive innovation in the stagnant industry and increase its own market share in Asian markets.

Op-Ed: Microsoft splurges again — this time on LinkedIn

Microsoft is buying social media business LinkedIn for $26B. Will this move add value for Microsoft shareholders or destroy it? The omens are not good.

Smart keyboard SwiftKey is now owned by Microsoft

Microsoft has confirmed it has bought SwiftKey, an award-winning and very popular custom keyboard for Android and iOS devices. The company plans to integrate SwiftKey's predictive technologies into its own Word Flow keyboard.

Greenpeace barred in bid for Vattenfall's German coal operations

Berlin - Greenpeace said Monday it has been barred from bidding for the German coal operations of Swedish energy giant Vattenfall, which the environmental activists intended to shut down.

'Biggest ever tech deal': Dell to acquire EMC for $67 billion

Computer manufacturer Dell has made history by announcing it has purchased storage technology specialists EMC for a record-breaking $67 billion. Dell says it will create the "world's largest privately-controlled, integrated technology company."

Microsoft buys company behind realistic physics in 600 games

Microsoft has announced it has bought the creators of one of the most popular 3D physics engines for games. Havok has powered hundreds of titles over the years and was previously owned by Intel.

China's Bohai to buy jet lessor Avolon in $7.6 bn deal

Shanghai - Chinese leasing company Bohai will buy Irish jet lessor Avolon in a deal that values the company at $7.6 billion, according to a statement, as Beijing pushes its companies to search overseas for future growth.Bohai Leasing Co.

To partner or to acquire, that is the B2B question

Many B2B companies are partnering with similar companies in their industry. But when would it be smarter to acquire that company instead of partnering with them? When is it smart to sell?

Microsoft has bought popular to-do list app Wunderlist

Microsoft has announced that it has bought the immensely popular productivity app Wunderlist. The acclaimed app allows users to create synchronised to-do lists with reminders and due dates and then share lists with friends, family and co-workers.

Verizon buys AOL for $4.4 billion

Verizon, the largest wireless carrier in the U.S., announced Tuesday it will be acquiring AOL in a landmark $4.4 billion deal.

Microsoft in talks to buy Mojang for $2 billion

Reports have emerged that Microsoft may be deep in talks with game studio Mojang over a possible acquisition deal valued at $2 billion.

New Red Lobster owners plan upscale changes

New York City - The North American seafood chain that urges customers to "Sea Food Differently" is hoping they'll be willing to think a little differently about its restaurants, too.

Apple poised to buy designer audio company Beats

Apple is purportedly considering buying the highly-popular fashionable audio company Beats for around $3.2 billion (£1.9 billion) which would make the deal the most costly acquisition Apple has ever made.

Diageo doubles bid for India's United Spirits, shares surge

London - Diageo launched on Tuesday a new $1.9-billion offer to take control of Indian whisky maker United Spirits as the British drinks giant chases expansion in emerging markets.The doubled offer worth 1.

IBM buys Internet marketing firm Silverpop

San Francisco - IBM on Thursday announced that it is buying Internet marketing firm Silverpop to enhance its portfolio of services for businesses out to target potential customers.

Twitter buys Android lock-screen startup Cover

San Francisco - A young startup specializing in Android smartphone lock screens that anticipate what "app" a user might want at any give moment said Monday it has been bought by Twitter.

Indian drug maker Sun to buy troubled peer Ranbaxy for $4.0 bln

New Delhi - Top Indian drug giant Sun Pharmaceutical Industries said Monday it had agreed to buy its troubled peer Ranbaxy for $4.0 billion in stock, ending its ill-fated six-year control by Japan's Daiichi Sankyo.

Alibaba founder Jack Ma buys into Chinese software firm

- Jack Ma, the billionaire founder of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba, is to pay $531 million for a stake in a domestic software developer for the financial industry, a statement said.

Carlsberg enters Czech Republic with Zatec acquisition

Copenhagen - Danish brewer Carlsberg said on Thursday it had acquired Czech producer Zatec, a transaction which will allow it to set foot in the world's first beer market per capita.

Intel buys fitness-tracking band maker Basis

San Francisco - Intel announced it has bought fitness-tracking band maker Basis Science as part of a move into the hot wearable computing market.The California-based chip maker on Tuesday did not disclose how much it paid for Basis, which makes a strap-on wrist band t...

Nokia says handset sale to Microsoft delayed to April

Helsinki - Finnish telecom company Nokia on Monday said the sale of its handset business to US technology giant Microsoft would be delayed by a few weeks until April 2014.Nokia said that it continued to make progress with Microsoft in the closing conditions and t...
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