Biggest Tech Acquisitions in History

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Biggest Tech Acquisitions in History

Biggest Tech Acquisitions in History

Apple's purchase of Beats Music and Beats Electronics in a deal worth $3 billion is one of the largest acquisitions ever in the technology sector. Here are some other notable deals involving US tech companies, in order of dollar amount from smallest to largest.

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Facebook buys Instagram (April 2012)

Facebook buys Instagram (April 2012)

Facebook buys Instagram (April 2012)
Facebook offers $1 billion for hot smartphone photo-sharing service Instagram. The purchase of Instagram was Facebook's largest until the WhatsApp deal.

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Yahoo buys Tumblr (May 2013)

Yahoo buys Tumblr (May 2013)

Yahoo buys Tumblr (May 2013)
Former Google executive Marissa Mayer makes her biggest purchase since taking over as CEO of Yahoo, buying the popular blogging platform Tumblr for $1.1 billion .

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ebay buys PayPal (June 2002)

ebay buys PayPal (June 2002)

ebay buys PayPal (June 2002)
Online auction house eBay buys online payments firm PayPal for $1.5 billion

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Google buys YouTube (October 2006)

Google buys YouTube (October 2006)

Google buys YouTube (October 2006)
Internet search giant Google buys online video platform YouTube in October 2006 from its founders, Steve Chen and Chad Hurley, for $1.65 billion.

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Facebook buys Oculus (March 2014)

Facebook buys Oculus (March 2014)

Facebook buys Oculus (March 2014)
Facebook announces a $2 billion deal to buy Oculus , a start-up behind virtual reality headgear.

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Google buys Doubleclick (March 2008)

Google buys Doubleclick (March 2008)

Google buys Doubleclick (March 2008)
The Internet titan seals the deal on its purchase of online ad tracking firm DoubleClick for $3.1 billion.

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Google buys Nest Labs (January 2014)

Google buys Nest Labs (January 2014)

Google buys Nest Labs (January 2014)
Google says it is buying smart thermostat start-up Nest in a deal valued at $3.2 billion , continuing its move into consumer electronics hardware.

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Microsoft buys Aquantive (May 2007)

Microsoft buys Aquantive (May 2007)

Microsoft buys Aquantive (May 2007)
Microsoft pays $6 billion for online advertising firm aQuantive. At the time, the price is deemed too high. Five years later, the tech giant takes a $6.2 billion writedown to reflect the slump in value of its online services division, largely related to the aQuantive deal.

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Microsoft buys Nokia (September 2013)

Microsoft buys Nokia (September 2013)

Microsoft buys Nokia (September 2013)
Microsoft buys the handset business of Nokia for $7.2 billion in an effort to catch up to rivals Apple and Google in the smartphone market.

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Oracle buys Sun (April 2009)

Oracle buys Sun (April 2009)

Oracle buys Sun (April 2009)
US business software giant Oracle buys struggling Sun Microsystems and its Java programming language for $7.4 billion.

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Microsoft buys Skype (May 2011)

Microsoft buys Skype (May 2011)

Microsoft buys Skype (May 2011)
Microsoft buys Internet voice and video leader Skype for $8.5 billion , the largest acquisition ever by the US software giant.

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Hewlett-Packard buys Autonomy (August 2011)

Hewlett-Packard buys Autonomy (August 2011)

Hewlett-Packard buys Autonomy (August 2011)
Hewlett-Packard buys British enterprise software company Autonomy for $10.24 billion. US authorities later open an investigation amid HP accusations that Autonomy had engaged in "accounting improprieties."

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Google buys Motorola Mobility (August 2011)

Google buys Motorola Mobility (August 2011)

Google buys Motorola Mobility (August 2011)
Google buys the handset business of Motorola for $12.5 billion in a bid to challenge Apple in the smartphone market. Less than three years later, Google sold Motorola to China's Lenovo for $2.91 billion.

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Facebook buys Whatsapp (February 2014)

Facebook buys Whatsapp (February 2014)

Facebook buys Whatsapp (February 2014)
Facebook offers $1 billion for hot smartphone photo-sharing service Instagram. The purchase of Instagram was Facebook's largest until the WhatsApp deal.

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Hewlett-Packard buys Compaq (September 2001)

Hewlett-Packard buys Compaq (September 2001)

Hewlett-Packard buys Compaq - September 2001
US technology giant Hewlett-Packard buys Compaq Computer for $25 billion in a bid to compete with IBM.

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