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Mergers & Acquisitions

AOL acquires TechCrunch, two other companies

TIM Armstrong, CEO AOL announced the acquisition of TechCrunch

AOL, which was once a leading internet group, is looking for a revival as an online content company. The company announced on Tuesday that it had acquired TechCrunch, a leading technical blog founded by Michael Arrington. AOL CEO Tim Armstrong and TechCrunch founder Michael Arrington made the announcement of the acquisition on stage at a TechCrunch conference in San Francisco.

Burger King talks takeover with 3G Capital

The king has bowed down due to the lackluster financial performance in recent times.

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Cablevision acquires Bresnan for $1.36bn

Cablevision Systems Corp., the nation's fifth largest cable operator that offers high speed internet connection agreed to pay more than $1.36 billion for Bresnan Communications, a cable services operator whose owners include the private equity firm Providence Equity Partners.

Pitney Bowes intends to acquire Portrait Software plc

Pitney Bowes MapInfo UK Limited intends to acquire outstanding shares of Portrait Software plc for £44.4 million(£0.31 per outstanding share) in cash.

Pitney Bowes MapInfo UK Limited is a wholly owned subsidiary of Pitney Bowes Inc. (NYSE: PBI) while Portrait Software plc is a company that provides software to enhance existing customer relationship managementsystems.

Murray Martin, Pitney Bowes Chairman, President and CEO, said, “We are delighted to have reached agreement with the Board of Portrait Software on this recommended transaction.”

“Pitney Bowes's scale and broad geographic footprint will open up new markets for Portrait Software's products and will provide a platform from which to achieve growth in the future,” he added.

Old Republic, PMA Capital announce $365mn merger agreement

Old Republic International Corporation (NYSE: ORI) ("Old Republic"), one of the top publicly held insurance organization, and PMA Capital Corporation, leading workers' compensation insurers in the U.S. announced merger agreement Friday.

Announcing the merger, Vincent Donnelly, President and CEO, stated, "We expect that this transaction will enable our shareholders to realize greater long-term value than if we continued to operate as a stand-alone entity."

As a part of the agreement, Old Republic will takeover all of PMA's outstanding common stock. For each outstanding common share of PMA, Old Republic will be offering 0.55 shares of Old Republic common stock in exchange.

The deal values PMA at approximately $365 million, consisting of $228 million for PMA common shares and $137 million for its debt.

Healthscope receives two takeover bids worth A$1.84bn

After receiving consortium offer, Australian based company, Healthscope, received two new takeover offers, valuing the company at A$1.84 billion ($1.56 billion), on Friday May 28, after closing of trade.

Finding the Next Tech Takeover Stock

The tech industry's mergers-and-acquistion boom has begun. So far in May, tech companies worldwide have announced a total of $16.1 billion in buyout deals. Now, the CEOs of two of the industry's largest, most acquisitive companies have detailed their growth strategies -- and helped me zero in on two potential targets for their next takeovers.

Toyota to acquire $50 million stake in Tesla Motors

Tesla Motors, headquartered at Palio Alto, California, and Toyota Motors Corporation, the Japanese auto giant, entered into a deal where Toyota would acquire $50 million stake in Tesla Motors.

Google Ventures ready to up the ante

The venture capital arm of Internet search behemoth Google Inc. (GOOG.O) has achieved quite a bit in a short time. Since its inception last year, the arm has invested millions in 10 high-tech companies, including an investment in mobile payment technology company Corduro Inc.