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Online, mobile M&A deals up, values down

Friday, July 12th, 2013

YahooOnline and mobile mergers and acquisition deals increased by 7 percent in the first half of 2013, but value decreased 29 percent, from $32.54 billion in the second half of 2012 to $23.16 billion.

The median revenue moved from 2.3x to 2.1x, while the median EBITDA multiple increased from 10.0x to 16.0x, according to the  Berkery Noyes mid-market investment bank, for the first half 2013 mergers and acquisitions trend report

Yahoo!, with 13 transactions, was the industry’s most active acquirer in first half 2013. Aside from its $1.10 billion acquisition of Tumblr, Yahoo! has mainly focused on small, mobile-based transactions this year.

Tumblr was Yahoo!’s largest deal in the Online & Mobile Industry since 2003, when it acquired search and internet advertising company Overture Services for $1.63 billion.

SaaS & Cloud was the most active market segment and underwent a 15 percent increase in volume, totaling 291 transactions year-to-date. M&A activity in the Communications segment improved 22 percent since second half 2012, making it the sector with the largest half-to-half year increase. One notable Communications transaction in first half 2013 was Dropbox’s acquisition of mobile email application Mailbox.

Mobile a strong driver

mobile devicesIn addition, acquirers are looking to add mobile solutions that aggregate relevant content in relation to individual users, as news is shared in real-time.

There were several deals over the past six months that focused on news summary and content sharing, such as LinkedIn’s acquisition of Pulse for $90 million, Google’s acquisition of Wavii for $30 million, and Yahoo!’s acquisition of Summly for $30 million.

“Mobile continues to be a strong driver of M&A activity in the information marketplace,” stated Mary Jo Zandy, Managing Director at Berkery Noyes. “Content delivery methods are evolving, and acquirers in general are showing more interest in semantic technologies that improve the end-user experience.”

Flipboard launches on Android phones, Nook, & Kindle Fire

Monday, June 25th, 2012

By Allan Maurer

Flipboard, a digital service that lets users select their own news and entertainment sources and presents them as magazine-like pages users flip through, is now available on Android phones, the Nook, and the Kindle Fire.

For the first time Flipboard is available to the hundreds of millions of Android users as a free download in Google Play.

In addition, Flipboard is now available in the Amazon Appstore for Android, the Barnes & Noble NOOK Store and in Samsung Apps. For people in the United States, Flipboard will come pre-installed on the new Samsung Galaxy SIII via leading U.S. carriers.

I downloaded it onto my Kindle Fire last week and have been using it ever since.

Previously, I had been using another news reading app, Pulse, which also allows users to select their digital news and web site sources. It then offers stories from each site or user social network on a Cool Iris-like panel of stories with photos or illustrations. Users tap the story link and get part of it immediately with a link to the orgininal online.

I’ll probably still use Pulse from time to time, but Flipboard’s interface is more elegant and the magazine-like presentation of pages is attractive as well as fun to use. You can choose from topic areas ranging from news and tech to entertainment (among many others) and your own specific choices (mine, for instance, include chess and science fiction).

You can even connect it to your Google+ and Youtube accounts.

Freedom from typing in URLs

The benefit of these digital news reader/magazine services, Flipboard, Pulse, and others, is that it is still largely a pain to type in site urls via digital keyboards. Both Flipboard and Pulse make it easy to browse your topics of interest quickly and easily.

I do nearly all my web browsing on the Kindle Fire via one of those apps.

For me, they’re better than a daily newspaper used to be as a way to get a handle on the news and topics I care about in the morning, or just to kill time waiting for service at a restaurant or waiting for a train or indeed, during travel by car, plane, train or bus.

“People are amazed by all the things they can see on Flipboard, and often the most personal and interesting stories come from friends,” said Mike McCue, CEO of Flipboard.

“Today we have over 2000 featured content partners from around the world and, now with the addition of Google+ and YouTube, we have all of the popular social networks for our readers to sit back and enjoy.

The company is based in Palo Alto, California and backed by legendary investors Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byer, Index Ventures and Insight Venture Partners.


App economy experiencing radical growth (infographic)

Monday, March 12th, 2012

Frugaldad bagFrugal Dad notes that development of mobile apps has created a half million new jobs, but that’s just part of the incredible growth of the “app economy.”

Anyone using a mobile device, smartphone, tablet, or even ultra books and laptops, these days, sees new apps showing up daily to do everything from keep your grocery list to checking local gas prices. Games are a big deal (how many zombie game apps are on the market – that’s a statistic we’d like to see.)

But so are financial calculators, news fetchers, photo apps and hundreds of thousands of others, with more on the way. Personally, we enjoy the Pulse news app, several versions of Angry Birds, and our social media apps on our Kindle Fire tablet. We are occasionally frustrated by an app (the Tumblr app on the Kindle Fire refuses to sign us in). — Allan Maurer

But all in all, mobile apps free us from the PC while keeping us productive and connected in ways never before possible. Frugal Dad created this inforgraphic to provide a statistical look at this radically growing app economy:

Apps Infographic