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Disney Unlikely To Change ‘Star Wars’ Brand After Buying Lucasfilm

Experts say The Walt Disney Co. has earned credibility with diehard fans by keeping its fingerprints off important film franchises like those produced by its Marvel Entertainment and Pixar divisions.


In this handout image provided by Disney, "Star Wars" creator and filmmaker George Lucas meets a group of "Star Wars"-inspired Disney characters Aug. 14, 2010 at Disney's Hollywood Studios theme park in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Todd Anderson/Disney via Getty Images)

SF-Based Lucasfilm Being Sold To Disney; New ‘Star Wars’ Films Planned

Disney is paying $4.05 billion to buy Lucasfilm Ltd., the production company behind “Star Wars,” from its chairman and founder, George Lucas. It’s also making a seventh movie in the “Star Wars” series.


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Google Acquires Snapseed To Compete With Facebook

Google has snapped up the digital photo editing service Snapseed as part of its effort to compete against Facebook’s online social network.


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Google Closes On Motorola Mobility Acquisition

Google says it has completed its acquisition of phone maker Motorola Mobility and it has appointed a Google executive as the new CEO of the business.


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China OKs Google’s $12.5 Billion Purchase Of Motorola Mobility

Google said authorities in China have approved its acquisition of Motorola Mobility. This brings the Internet search giant closer to completing its biggest deal ever.


Google Buys Zagat Restaurant Review Service

Google has bought the restaurant review service Zagat as it tries to help people connect with local businesses.


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EBay Buys Website Operator GSI Commerce For $2.4 Billion

Online marketplace operator EBay said Monday that it will pay $2.4 billion for GSI Commerce, which operates websites for retailers like Toys R Us and Bath & Body Works.

CBS San Francisco–03/28/2011

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AT&T To Acquire T-Mobile USA

AT&T has announced that they have reached an agreement to acquire T-Mobile USA from Deutsche Telekom in a cash-and-stock transaction for approximately $39 billion.


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Oracle To Acquire E-Commerce Software Maker ATG

Oracle Corp. is adding to its software arsenal software with the $1 billion all-cash deal announced Tuesday for a company called Art Technology Group Inc., which helps businesses interact with online shoppers to boost sales.

CBS San Francisco–11/02/2010

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Yahoo Spruces Up Its Online Ads With Dapper Deal

Yahoo is trying to spruce up its online advertising service by buying a startup called Dapper.

CBS San Francisco–10/05/2010