Yahoo says the private information of at least 500 million has been compromised due to a cyber-attack in 2014. In the biggest security breach to date, hackers gained access to sensitive information including names, emails addresses, telephone numbers, birth dates, passwords, and security questions. The security breach has ramifications not just for Yahoo and its […]

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Another blockbuster tech deal was announced yesterday. Verizon will acquire Yahoo’s core business for $4.83 billion to boost its digital advertising capabilities. The deal includes Yahoo’s search, mail content and ad-tech business, but does not include Yahoo’s shares in Alibaba and Yahoo Japan. The combined company will reach over one billion users. Verizon plans to merge Yahoo […]

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The biggest tech M&A disasters were the Time Warner-AOL $350 billion merger and Google’s $12.3 billion acquisition of Motorola Mobility.  In my observations, the greatest hurdle facing tech mergers is integration. Even where the strategy of the acquisition is solid, if the integration of the two workforces and assets is not executed properly, it will fail.  Even […]

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What will 2014 look like for mergers and acquisitions? While no one knows what the future holds, I see these three trends continuing: 1. Increased middle-market M&A Middle-market companies are the primary driver of economic activity in the U.S.  With favorable market conditions, expect an uptick next year. A survey by Mergers & Acquisitions  showed […]

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In 2013, we saw interesting mergers & acquisitions across multiple industries, ranging from hot tech deals like Yahoo’s $1.1 billion acquisition of Tumblr to the rescue of favorite food brand Twinkies from bankruptcy by Metropolous & Co. and Apollo Global Management. While the potential synergies of the two companies are always laid out, not much is said […]

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Facebook’s $3 billion offer to buy Snapchat points to a growing number of mobile technology acquisitions. Yesterday The Wall Street Journal reported Facebook offered $3 billion to acquire Snapchat. While Snapchat has declined, Facebook’s offer points to growing trend of technology companies acquiring rather than building new mobile apps. Most recently, we’ve seen a string […]

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Yesterday, Blackberry announced it had signed an LOI with a group led by Fairfax Financial, an insurance investment company from Toronto, Canada. Under the terms of the LOI, BlackBerry shareholders would get $9 a share in cash, making the deal worth about $4.7 billion. On Friday, BlackBerry reported $950 million and $995 million in operation losses […]

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Yesterday Yahoo announced its plans to buy Tumblr for $1.1 billion in cash, which has really grabbed people’s attention. Marissa Mayer has made about 10 acquisitions since becoming CEO in July 2012, as part of her overall plan to make Yahoo part of our everyday routines.  This is her biggest investment yet. Did Yahoo Overpay […]

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