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Wheelings & Dealings: Week in Review

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July 26, 2014

Wheelings & Dealings: Week in Review

By Joe Rizzo
TMCnet Contributing Writer

After years of speculation and rumors of a smartwatch being delivered by Apple (News - Alert), we may finally see one before the end of the year. Now that the anticipation is over, the new question becomes what will it look like? Well, actually, I think that the real question will be whose name will we see on it? The new rumors are that Apple will possibly be partnering with watchmakers to produce the finished product.

This week, Google (News - Alert) acquired a company that is known for analyzing and assessing mobile 3D graphics. Is this an effort on Google’s part to boost its development capabilities with mobile 3D graphics? Over the next few months, DrawElements will be working with the Android (News - Alert) team to incorporate its technologies into the compatibility test suite of the world’s most popular mobile operating system.

Bizo is a marketing platform enabling business-to-business, or B2B marketers to identify, reach and engage their target audiences online. The company is in the business of helping marketers get to the right people. It would seem that LinkedIn (News - Alert) was impressed Bizo’s innovative approach as they recently acquired the company this week. This appears to be another round in LinkedIn’s attempt to beef up its marketing operations.

Is it possible to deliver IT-As-a-Service without sacrificing service-level agreements, security and compliance? Intigua is a company that believes the answer to this question is yes. Several investors believe that Intigua can accomplish this and the proof is in the fact that the company just ended a successful round of Series B funding that netted $10 million.

As companies are beginning to embrace the concept of having their employees bring their own devices to use as workforce tools, software becomes a crucial component as it is needed to support the back office and customer engagement. A company that is intimately familiar with this is AppDyanmics. It has not gone unnoticed that the company has been on an amazing growth spurt. Venture capitalists seem to agree as the company has completed a round of funding to the tune of $120 million.

Every day companies all over the world make deals, raise funds and form partnerships. We try to keep an eye on these Wheelings & Dealings. Whether it is an acquisition or a joint partnership that benefits several companies, we will keep you apprised of all of the important details.

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