Nuance Acquires Vlingo
Nuance Communications today announced that it has agreed to acquire Vlingo for an undisclosed sum. Nuance said that Vlingo's technology will be added to its resaerch and development efforts in order to create what it calls "next-generation natural language interfaces" for devices such as smartphones, tablets, computers, TVs, and cars. The company didn't say when it expects the deal to close.
Motorola Solutions Acquires PTT Provider Kodiak Networks
Motorola Solutions today said it has agreed to acquire Kodiak Networks for an undisclosed sum. Motorola Solutions is the not the Lenovo-owned company behind Motorola smartphones; rather, Motorola Solutions is a separate corporation that handles first-responder and push-to-talk hardware, and wireless networking equipment.
BlackBerry to Acquire AtHoc
BlackBerry today said it has agreed to acquire AtHoc for an undisclosed sum. AtHoc provides secure crisis communications for businesses so they can push critical data in real-time during business- or life-threatening events.
PayPal Purchases Paydiant to Improve Mobile Payments
PayPal today said it has agreed to acquire Paydiant for an undisclosed sum. Paydiant creates the underlying payment mechanisms used by apps such as Subway and Capital One so people can pay for goods and services within those applications.
Verizon Picks Up XO's Fiber Network to Beef Up Backhaul
Verizon Communications today said it has agreed to acquire XO Communications' fiber business for $1.8 billion. The deal, says Verizon, will help it serve its enterprise and wholesale customers, as well as allow Verizon to further densify its cellular network.