Google has bought the restaurant review service Zagat as it tries to help people connect with local businesses.
The agreement announced Monday calls for Google Inc. to buy a 3-year-old startup called Admeld. Based in New York, Admeld specializes in technology that helps websites make more money by selecting ads most likely to generate the most revenue.
Microsoft Corp. said Tuesday that it has agreed to buy the popular Internet telephone service Skype SA for $8.5 billion in the biggest deal in the software maker’s 36-year history.
Yahoo has bought the maker of mobile software that makes it easier for people to let their friends know what TV shows they’re watching.
Government officials are letting Google proceed with its $700 million purchase of airline fare tracker ITA Software. The deal will establish the Internet search giant as a key player in the online travel market.
San Francisco-based Charles Schwab is buying online brokerage services provider OptionsXpress for $1 billion.
CBS is buying the online video watching guide Clicker.com and making its co-founder the new president of CBS Interactive.
Google Inc. and Facebook Inc. have both held low-level talks with Twitter Inc. about purchasing the social networking service, according to a report published Thursday.
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.