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Microsoft Acquires Video Search Engine VideoSurf

Another acquisition for Microsoft, this one quieter than most. The company has gobbled up VideoSurf, a video discovery company backed by the likes of former U.S. Vice President Al Gore, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, SurveyMonkey CEO David Goldberg and Israeli investment fund Pitango.

Price? A reported $70 million.

Details beyond that are slim, as the transaction hasn’t yet been announced, but Microsoft’s intentions here are pretty clear. It will likely use VideoSurf’s real-time visual recognition video search engine to enhance Bing and, perhaps, Xbox Live.

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December 30, 2013 at 6:49 am PT

2013 Was a Good Year for Chromebooks

December 29, 2013 at 2:12 pm PT

BlackBerry Pulls Latest Twitter for BB10 Update

December 29, 2013 at 5:58 am PT

Apple CEO Tim Cook Made $4.25 Million This Year

December 28, 2013 at 12:05 pm PT

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The problem with the Billionaire Savior phase of the newspaper collapse has always been that billionaires don’t tend to like the kind of authority-questioning journalism that upsets the status quo.

— Ryan Chittum, writing in the Columbia Journalism Review about the promise of Pierre Omidyar’s new media venture with Glenn Greenwald