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Yelp Buys Restaurant Waitlist Tech Company Nowait For $40M

Yelp is trying to change the way users visit restaurants — or the way in which they wait for a table with the $40 million purchase of Nowait, a startup that uses technology to streamline the seating process at restaurants around the country. [More]

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Airbnb Adds High-End Rentals To Roster With Purchase Of Luxury Lodging Company

Forget about renting someone’s extra bedroom through Airbnb on your next trip, now you can book a luxury villa, thanks in part to Airbnb’s recent acquisition of high-end lodging company Luxury Retreats.  [More]

Walmart Continues E-Commerce Shopping Spree, Buys Outdoor Retailer Moosejaw

Walmart Continues E-Commerce Shopping Spree, Buys Outdoor Retailer Moosejaw

Just a month after Walmart continued its bid to boost online sales with the $70 million purchase of shoe-tailer ShoeBuy, the company has once again added to its e-commerce shopping spree with the $51 million acquisition of online outdoor retailer Moosejaw. [More]

Walmart’s Jet.com Jumping Into Shoe Game With $70M Purchase Of ShoeBuy

Walmart’s Jet.com Jumping Into Shoe Game With $70M Purchase Of ShoeBuy

Following the $3 billion purchase of Jet.com, Walmart is continuing its bid to boost online sales, this time by targeting customers’ feet with the $70 million purchase of shoe-tailer ShoeBuy.  [More]

Snapchat Jumps Into Augmented Reality With $40M Purchase Of Israeli Start-Up

Snapchat Jumps Into Augmented Reality With $40M Purchase Of Israeli Start-Up

Those Snapchat lenses you use to turn yourself into a dog or into a rainbow-puking caricature could soon be a bit more detailed, as the company behind the quick messaging service has reportedly purchased an augmented reality startup based in Israel. [More]

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How A Small Nebraska Town Figures Into The Cabela’s, Bass Pro Shops Deal

Some companies have distinct ties to their geographical roots, whether it’s Walmart and Bentonville, L.L.Bean and Maine, Hershey and, well.. Hershey, or Cabela’s and the small Nebraska city of Sidney. But now that the outdoor goods retailer has been snapped up by Bass Pro Shops for $5.5 billion, what will happen to this town of around 7,000 people?
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Airbnb Inches Closer To Full-Service Trip-Planner With Latest Acquisition

Airbnb has had success in providing a platform for travelers looking to stay somewhere other than hotels, but lodging is only one aspect of a trip. Where to eat? What to see? Airbnb’s recent acquisition of a startup travel-planning service shows that the company is inching toward offering one-stop shopping for travelers. [More]

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Lyft Dismisses The Idea That It Even Wants A Buyer At All

A day after Uber reportedly shrugged off the idea of acquiring ride-hailing rival Lyft, the latter company says it’s not on the market, you know, anyway.  [More]

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Uber Reportedly Shrugs Off Idea Of Acquiring Lyft

With reports circulating that ride-hailing service Lyft may be looking to sell itself, it makes sense to think of Uber, its most prominent competitor, as a potential buyer. However, it seems very unlikely that regulators would allow this merger, or that Uber is even interested. [More]

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Report: Walmart In Talks To Buy Jet.com

Just a year after it launched, Amazon challenger and fellow e-commerce site Jet.com could soon become the property of one of the largest bricks-and-mortar retailers in the world: Walmart.  [More]

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AMC Theaters Makes “Best & Final” Offer Of $1.2B For Carmike

Four months after AMC Theaters offered $1.1 billion to buy fellow theater chain Carmike Cinemas, the two companies have finally come together on a sweetened deal to appease shareholders.  [More]

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L’Oreal Expands Makeup Portfolio With $1.2B Purchase Of IT Cosmetics

Cosmetics biggie L’Oreal just got a bit bigger, adding some 300 skincare and makeup products with its $1.2 billion acquisition of infomercial fave IT Cosmetics.
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Owner Of Radisson Hotel Chain Purchased By Chinese Conglomerate

Just weeks after China’a Anbang Insurance Group bowed out of its bid for the Starwood Hotel brand, another Chinese hotel group has gobbled up a different group: Carlson Hotels, the operator of the Radisson chain.  [More]

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Virgin America Reportedly Gets Takeover Bids From JetBlue, Alaska Airlines

Well that was fast. Less than a week after Virgin America realized it was a pretty hot commodity and said it would consider putting itself up for sale, the company has reportedly received not one, but two takeover bids from rival airlines.  [More]

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Snapchat Buys Bitstrips For $100M: Uniting Puking Rainbows & Cartoons Of Ourselves

Remember that brief, weird moment a few years back when your Facebook feed was suddenly full of just-ironic-enough comic strip versions of your friends? Well, now you’ll probably see that all over Snapchat, as the messaging app reportedly agreed to pay $100 million to acquire Bitstrips.  [More]

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Marriott Beefs Up Bid, Buys Starwood Hotels For $13.6 Billion

Momentum in the tug-of-war over Starwood Hotels — home to brands like Sheraton, St. Regis, Westin, and W — has shifted once again. Only days after China’s Anbang Insurance appeared destined to win with its “superior proposal,” Marriott managed to dig deep with the help of a few billion additional dollars.

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Staples, Office Depot: FTC’s Opposition To Billion-Dollar Merger Is “Flawed,” “Wrong”

Three months after federal regulators filed a lawsuit to stop the nightmare dream formation of the $6.3 billion StaplesMaxDepot Voltron , the CEOs of the mega-office supply chains are fed up, and they’re taking that frustration to the customers by airing their true thoughts on the Federal Trade Commission’s attempt to stop the deal.  [More]

Kickstarter Buys Music Community Service Drip

Kickstarter Buys Music Community Service Drip

After years of providing a platform for people to help fund everything from homemade hot sauces to feature films, Kickstarter itself has made its first big investment, acquiring streaming service Drip.
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