Tag Archive for ‘Acquisition’

Dark Sky Joins Apple ➝

Adam Grossman, writing on Dark Sky’s weblog:

Today we have some important and exciting news to share: Dark Sky has joined Apple.

Our goal has always been to provide the world with the best weather information possible, to help as many people as we can stay dry and safe, and to do so in a way that respects your privacy.

There is no better place to accomplish these goals than at Apple. We’re thrilled to have the opportunity to reach far more people, with far more impact, than we ever could alone.

Dark Sky for iOS will continue to be available and all of their other apps and services will be discontinued in the future.

I hope this goes as well as the Workflow acquisition did, but there are a lot of weather apps that are built on Dark Sky’s API. The service will continue to be available for existing developers until the end of next year, but all of those developers will have to move to another service before they’re cut off.

This must be more than simply updating the native iOS Weather app with an Apple-owned data provider.

I would really like to see Apple develop Dark Sky into a system-level API. So an application could ask for your current location’s weather conditions and/or forecast and display it within their app however they choose. Apple could present a dialog box asking you for permission to share the data with the app, and the developer could rely on the system for polling for updates. I see an API like this being useful for weather apps, journaling apps, calendar apps, and more.

➝ Source: blog.darksky.net

Apple Reportedly Considered Buying Time Warner, Might Still Fund Original TV Content ➝

John Callaham, writing for iMore:

A new report claims Apple briefly considered putting in a bid to acquire Time Warner in late 2015. […]

The report from the Financial Times (paid subscription required) claims that Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services, talked about such a deal with Time Warner’s head of corporate strategy, Olaf Olafsson. However, those discussions never went past the early stages, according to the report.

Rdio Acquired by Pandora ➝

Janko Roettgers, reporting for Variety:

Pandora is acquiring San Francisco-based music subscription service Rdio, the Oakland, Calif.-based company announced Monday after the close of markets. The announcement came minutes after Variety exclusively reported about the deal being imminent.

The $75 million acquisition includes “technology and intellectual property” from Rdio, which will file for bankruptcy–presumably to rid itself of accumulated debt–and shut down its existing service in all markets.

I’ve never been an Rdio user, but I know that it was beloved by many. It’s always sad to see company’s like this shut down.

Verizon Agrees to Buy AOL for $4.4 Billion ➝

It’s all about AOL’s automated advertising technology. But on the technology journalism front, I wonder what this means for AOL’s content sites like TechCrunch and Engadget.

What Twitter Should Do with TweetDeck

A couple of days ago Twitter announced that they had acquired TweetDeck. This is the second client that Twitter has purchased and I’m expecting it to be the last. Twitter now has the makings of a profitable company. But, not with advertising as many have expected. Instead, I think Twitter should develop TweetDeck into the premier Twitter client for companies looking to monitor their brand and research what customers actually think about their products.

Twitter would offer two client options. The free, standard option, Twitter, and the more feature-rich client, TweetDeck, that would be designed specifically for businesses and public relations companies.

Twitter could charge for TweetDeck licenses and finally begin to make money the way they should have been all along. By charging businesses and companies for tools that will make it easier to monitor what their customers think about their brand and product.

Companies would be able to use TweetDeck to get real feedback from their customers regarding their products. And, these opinions won’t be affected by the way a survey’s question is worded or by the possible answers that are given on a multiple choice survey. People voice their opinion on Twitter because they want to, not because the survey they’re taking gives them the chance to win a free iPod. And, those real opinions are voiced by people who want to express them, not because of the opportunity to win something, but because they truly believe in what they say. That information is incredibly useful to companies who want to know what their customers think about their products and services.

They could bring back track as an exclusive feature of TweetDeck alongside more search features and the ability to view a Twitter user’s entire tweet history.

It’s unfortunate that Twitter has to make money this way because I think Twitter itself is an amazing product. But, sadly there just isn’t enough people that would be willing to pay for it. The users are the product and Twitter is selling us to advertisers and they’ll soon be selling to companies who want to know what their customers (us) think.