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Updated by Darshik Jariwala on Sep 27, 2014
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Some famous (and some not so) acquisitions in the Tech Industry in last few years

Some startups aim to become big, while some startups aim to be acquired by the big. We probably even hear more about the acquisitions than mergers today in the fast moving Technology Industry. Here is a list of some acquisitions made in the last few years.

WebOS acquired by LG, who plans to use it in its Smart TV

What was the worst thing to have happened to Palm OS, which later came to be known as WebOS ever, since it launched? It was when HP bought it. And now, WebOS gets a new life. It is confirmed that LG has now finally acquired the WebOS.

Pulse, the News reading app is reportedly being bought by LinkedIn

Pulse has indeed come a long way, and the amount of growth it has seen in past few years is commendable to say the least. Hence it isn't the acquisition that comes as a surprise, rather the company involved in the acquisition.

Goodreads is set to be acquired by Amazon

In a yet another acquisition news, Amazon is all set to acquire Goodreads, a Social Network site for Book lovers. Amazon announced yesterday that it is buying Goodreads, the amount of which is yet to be disclosed but the deal is expected to close in the second quarter this year.

RSA acquires PassBan, to provide Multifactor Authentication

RSA acquired a San-Francisco based security firm named PassBan yesterday. RSA, being one of the most reputed computer and Network Security firm understands the challenges faced by companies and consumers alike when it comes to security and so acquiring PassBan can been seen as one of the important events for the company.

Microsoft acquires Nokia Devices & Services Unit for $7.2 billion

In what qualifies as one of the most promising and interesting deals of the year, Microsoft has bought Nokia Devices & Services unit for a hefty $7.2 billion. The deal is expected close in the first quarter of 2014 after being subjected for approval from its shareholders and Regulators.

MoPub, a Mobile Advertising startup, acquired by Twitter for $350 million

Twitter has announced they have acquired a Mobile advertising firm named MoPub. As the name suggests, MoPub is a mobile-focused advertising company. It mainly helps mobile publishers to manage their ad inventory on iOS and Android platform.

Apple confirms buying PrimeSense, but How does it plan to use it?

After much speculation, Apple finally confirmed its deal with the Israeli company PrimeSense. PrimeSense mainly focuses on the 3-D Sensor technology. Apple, confirmed the deal with the media with the same line that it uses after signing every deal, Apple spokesperson said, " Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to time, and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plan".

Facebook may acquire its first Indian startup, Little Eye Labs

Update (8th Jan, 2014): Little Eye Labs has confirmed that it has been acquired by Facebook, the deal is said to be worth between $10-$15 million. For more details about the deal, check the official blog by Little Eye Labs. If reports are to be believed, Facebook may be gearing up to make its first ever acquisition is India.