This Week in Tech M&A—December 12th, 2014

By on December 12, 2014

Time for another roundup of the news from the week in tech M&A.firework-17395_640

Exits

Connexity, the company formerly known as Shopzilla, bought price comparison aggregator Become.com. Terms were not disclosed.

CenturyLink wrapped up a busy week, picking up disaster recovery provider DataGardens (for an undisclosed amount), and big data/analytics startup Cognilytics (also undisclosed).

Twitch (now part of Amazon) has acquired livestreaming ad agency GoodGame, for an undisclosed amount.

In another disaster recovery and cloud-backup acquisition, Datto picked up Backupify. Terms were not disclosed, but Backupify had raised close to $20M, and CEO Rob May reports they sold “for a lot more than [they] raised.”

Belden is buying IT and security compliance company Tripwire for $710 million.

Mobile app developer AppGyver acquired competitor AppArchitect for an undisclosed amount.

Microsoft picked up crash-testing service HockeyApp.

Open Text is buying analytics company Actuate for about $330 million.

And, in not-quite-an-acquisition news, humor sites Funny or Die, The Onion, and now CollegeHumor are reportedly all available. (IAC is reportedly seeking $100m for CollegeHumor.)

Data

The full breakdown on the current landscape of AI and machine intelligence—an absolute must read.

For the entrepreneurs in the house

A nice breakdown of the different crowdfunding sites, and what they can do for startups.

Tomas Tunguz sees a fertile market for M&A in 2015.

Must reads

That whole Sony Pictures / North Korea hacking thing? Sony is fighting fire with fire.

Just for fun

Yes, President Obama really did try his hand at coding (it was Javascript, if you’re curious).

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