This Week in Tech M&A – August 8, 2014

By on August 8, 2014

11721061573_0f0fccde74_zAnother busy week has just wrapped up, so here’s a round up of the latest happenings in the world of tech M&A —

Acquisitions

Facebook acquires encryption startup PrivateCore to better protect its servers against malicious attacks.

Practice Fusion picks up Ringadoc, an after-hours patient-physician consultation service.

Google acquires Emu, an IM client with Siri-like intelligence, along with picking up Directr, an app for shooting short films on your phone.

comScore acquires MdotLabs to help boost efforts to curb ad fraud.

Rhapsody acqui-hires Ex.fm and Soundtracking.

Square officially acquires food delivery startup Caviar for a reported $90 million in stock.

 

Funding

Big data analytics firm Adatao raised $13 million in funding from Andreessen Horowitz, Lightspeed Venture Partners, and Bloomberg Beta.

Kiwi raises $15 million in an effort to make better console-quality games for mobile devices.

Doctor on Demand raises a $21 million Series A funding round and adds Comcast as a customer.

Container management startup Docker said to be closing in on funding round of $40 million with a valuation of $400 million.

 

Data

Sherpa Ventures publishes its inaugural On-Demand Economy report, which coincided with Re/code’s Instant Gratification series.

Google’s Android global market share stands at 85 percent, but forked devices increase to 20 percent.

Los Angeles tech funding up 163 percent in 2013 vs 2009, with deals up 180 percent.

PricewaterhouseCoopers: Tech deals, IPO activity achieving levels “not seen in years”.

Venture funding soars for cybersecurity startups — $900 million invested in US companies in first half of 2014.

 

People

Yahoo hires former Netflix executive Mike Kail as its Chief Information Officer.

MongoDB’s CEO Max Schireson resigns to spend more time with his family.

Former Etsy COO Adam Freed named CEO of Teachers Pay Teachers, an online marketplace for teachers to sell materials to their peers.

Facebook hires ex-BlackBerry Messenger head to run its Internet.org mobile app.

 

Other News of Note

Venture capitalists are going to great lengths to convince founders to take their money.

Sam Altman on stupid apps and changing the world.

Get to know designer Yves Behar in this great profile on The Verge.

Livestreaming service Justin.tv makes its final sign-off as Twitch shuts it down, fans rumors that Google will be acquiring it soon.

LinkedIn settles with the US Labor Department in overtime lawsuit case that will see the professional social network pay $6 million.

CrunchBase wants to control “The Business Graph”, the business world’s answer to the Social Graph.

Apparently when Facebook goes down, it really impacts site traffic.

Apple iPhone 6 coming on September 9?

 

Something Fun

Check out this take on native advertising by John Oliver, host of HBO’s Last Week Tonight.

photo by articproductions

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