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Microsoft buys speech recognition, conversational AI tech firm

The company will acquire Nuance Communications, an artificial intelligence and speech technology company, for $19.7 billion.

Apr 6, 2021

Accenture dominates in spending spree

The company acquired Cirrus, fable+, GRA and REPL Group, and has agreed to buy Cygni and Pollux.

Mar 1, 2021

Arm wrestle on the table

The US, UK and EU will open probes into Nvidia’s $40 billion acquisition of Arm.

Feb 1, 2021

Google gets fit

The Internet giant has completed its $2.1 billion acquisition of wearable device maker Fitbit.

Jan 12, 2021

Did Facebook try to ‘buy or bury’ rivals?

The US Federal Trade Commission and nearly every US state have filed antitrust lawsuits against Facebook, accusing it of using a ‘buy or bury’ strategy to snap up rivals and keep smaller competitors at bay.

Dec 15, 2020

2020 in review

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, the technology industry continued to thrive, with worldwide growth of 4% predicted for 2021.

Nov 30, 2020

China suspends Ant Group listing

Ant Group’s planned $37 billion initial public offering in China and Hong Kong was suspended with just days to go.

Nov 2, 2020

IBM to split itself in two

The company will list its IT infrastructure services unit as a separate company with a new name, by the end of 2021.

Oct 5, 2020

Oracle set to bust a move

The company is expected to agree to a deal for a stake in TikTok’s US operations.

Sep 1, 2020

SoftBank pumps billions into world’s major tech firms

Adobe, Alphabet, Amazon, Microsoft, Netflix, Nvidia, PayPal and Zoom are among the 25 companies into which SoftBank has invested a total of $3.9 billion.

Aug 3, 2020

EU clamps down on social media hate speech

Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and other social media will now be subject to EU rules on hate speech and harmful content under new European Commission guidelines.

Jun 29, 2020

Google faces proposed privacy class action lawsuit

Google is accused of illegally invading the privacy of millions of users by pervasively tracking their Internet use through browsers set in ‘private’ mode.

Paul Booth

Paul Booth is an independent commentator who looks for significance in what ICT vendors haven't said.