Kabam acquires Underworld Empire developer Phoenix Age


Social and mobile game developer and publisher Kabam has announced its acquisition of Phoenix Age, the developer of mobile and Facebook game Castle Age and iOS title Underworld Empire. The terms of the acquisition weren’t revealed, but the 44-person Phoenix Age team will continue to operate in its current offices.


Zynga reports Q4 2013 results, announces NaturalMotion acquisition, layoffs


Mobile and social game developer and publisher Zynga has revealed its earnings for Q4 2013, with the company announcing a full year of profitability in 2013 and Q4 revenue of $176 million. This is a 43 percent decrease in revenue year-over-year and a 13 percent decrease from Q3 2013. Zynga’s full 2013 revenue was $873 million, a decrease of 32 percent from 2012.


Clash of Clans developer Supercell sells majority stake to Softbank, GungHo

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Image via Supercell

Clash of Clans developer Supercell has announced a partnership with Japanese telecoms firm Softbank and Puzzle & Dragons developer GungHo Online Entertainment, resulting in the sale of a 51 percent stake in the company worth $1.5 billion.


Airpush acquires Hubbl to release native mobile advertising platform

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Image via Airpush

Mobile ad platform Airpush has announced its acquisition of Hubbl, developer of mobile personalization and native advertising technology. The acquisition will see the pair partnering to bring more effective native advertising to Airpush’s ecosystem of 120,000 mobile apps, via an ad platform that’s currently in development.


PlayFirst announces acquisition of Big Head Mode IP

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Image via PlayFirst

Diner Dash developer PlayFirst has announced its acquisition of the game portfolio and IP of mobile app developer Big Head Mode. This move will see multiple Big Head Mode employees joining PlayFirst in leadership positions.

Former CEO of Big Head Mode Tipatat Chennavasin will join PlayFirst as Director of Product Management, while Big Head Mode Co-founder Richard Au will become Senior Director of Engineering.


Yelp acquires restaurant reservations service SeatMe


Yelp has strengthened its focus on online restaurant reservations with the acquisition of SeatMe, a San Francisco based web and iPad app developer that has created a streamlined reservations solution for restaurant and bar owners across the US.

The acquisition will see Yelp’s users being given an additional option for scheduling restaurant reservations without leaving the app’s experience, tracking down a restaurant’s website or phone number.


Shopzilla acquires Zappli, aims to make mobile checkout faster


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Shopping website portal Shopzilla has acquired Zappli, developer of iOS app myShopanion and mobile checkout experience InstaBuy. As reported by TechCrunch, the companies have yet to disclose any deal terms.

InstaBuy officially launched last fall and provides mobile shoppers a way to store their credit card, billing and shipping information to be used across any mobile application. The technology was first introduced in the myShopanion app which allowed users to shop from a number of retailers including Walmart, Kohl’s and Best Buy. (more…)

Yahoo! acquires ‘Smartr Contacts’ developer Xobni


Yahoo’s recent shopping spree isn’t over yet, as the company’s latest acquisition is Xobni, maker of email and address-book based plugins and apps.


Yahoo! acquires video creation and sharing app Qwiki

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With Yahoo’s acquisition of Tumblr officially finalized on June 20, Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer isn’t allowing the company to sit idle. In fact, its latest purchase has been announced this week, as Yahoo has acquired mobile picture and video sharing service Qwiki.


Yahoo! acquires fantasy sport app developer Bignoggins


Yahoo has been on a shopping spree since its purchase of Tumblr on June 20th.  Yahoo purchased the one-man start-up Bignoggins Productions on Monday to strengthen its own fantasy sports apps offerings.

Bignoggins has developed popular paid fantasy sports apps such as Fantasy Monster and Draft Monster. While Yahoo will not continue distributing these applications, it will integrate these apps technologies into its own fantasy sports applications.

Bignoggins founder, Jerry Shen, will be joining Yahoo’s mobile engineering team. He has also announced they have planned on hiring new talent through his blog.


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