oDesk and Elance Merge to Create One Big Freelancer Company (But Still With Two Brands)

The two companies aim to combine technology and data science work, while keeping their separate sites running.

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Kontagent and PlayHaven Announce Merger, Will Join Player Data and Monetization Products

Mobile app analytics platform Kontagent and business engine PlayHaven will merge, the two companies announced today, with PlayHaven’s ex-CEO Andy Yang at the helm of the combined companies, and Kontagent’s ex-CEO Josh Williams becoming CTO and chairman of the board. In an interview, Yang said the decision was spurred by an “extremely fragmented” mobile B2B market and overlap between the companies’ customers. Over time, Kontagent-PlayHaven will integrate the two companies’ products into one suite.

The Real Story Behind Publicis + Omnicom Has Nothing to Do With Tech

Ad tech veteran Dave Morgan explains.


Dealpolitik: AT&T Gets Unusual Deal Protections in Leap Deal

Although a similar provision has been included in a few previous merger agreements, it is unusual.

Dish Network Withdraws Offer for Clearwire

Charlie Ergen throws in the towel. Again.

Dish Drops Out of the Bidding for Sprint

Dish said the “extreme deal protections” included in Sprint’s revised pact with SoftBank made a counterbid impossible.

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Online Food Delivery Services Seamless and GrubHub Will Merge

New York City-based Seamless and Chicago-based GrubHub have agreed to merge their privately held online food delivery businesses, the companies announced today. The companies combined did more than $100 million in revenue in 2012, they said. GrubHub CEO Matt Maloney will retain the CEO title of the new company, whose name has yet to be chosen.

Former Groupon President and COO Solomon Joins Accel Partners

Every time a bell rings, a VC gets its wings.


MetroPCS Holders Approve T-Mobile Takeover

T-Mobile agreed last year to merge with MetroPCS, creating a publicly traded company of which Deutsche Telekom would own 74%.

FCC Approves T-Mobile, MetroPCS Deal