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It’s official: Microsoft buys Sunrise calendar

You may have heard whispers this week that Microsoft is out to get popular calendaring app and service Sunrise. Well, those are rumors no more as the two have just announced the acquisition. The purchase of Sunrise is just one of the latest moves that Microsoft seems to be making to redefine and redesign its productivity products, which may also speak of the once slow-moving giant's new drive to make itself and its products more relevant in a computing age that is moving away from traditional desktop thinking.

Google’s Emu buy seen to bring some brains to Hangouts

Wouldn't it be swell if you could easily turn chat messages into calendar appointments or todo items right then and there, without having to leave the chat app or switch back and forth between chat, email, calendar, and whatnot? That bit of smartness might soon be a reality on Hangouts if Google's acquisition of startup and chat app Emu is what we think and hope it means.

Reuters: T-Mobile sale to Softbank nearly final

If you’re not a fan of the T-Mobile/Sprint merger, this news may not make you happy. Reuters is reporting that T-Mobile parent company Deutsche Telekom has agreed to terms with Sprint parent company Softbank to sell T-Mobile. This would move Sprint and T-Mobile closer together, likely merging the two US carriers.

Apple buys Beats for $3 billion; will Android get iTunes?

Apple’s Beats deal has been confirmed, with the Cupertino firm snapping up the flashy headset maker for $3 billion. In the deal, Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine will get seats on the Apple board, and Beats CEO Ian Rogers will report to Apple’s Eddy Cue. The deal will keep Beats operating separately from Apple, which could be big for Android users.

Sources: T-Mobile/Sprint merger is “dead”

Worried about Sprint and T-Mobile merging? Sources tell the New York Post you shouldn’t be. According to them, the deal is “dead”. The FCC, who are outspoken about wanting four major US carriers, are said to be dead set against the merger.

Square once again denies buyout is imminent

Square, the mobile payment solution finding favor with an increasingly large number of small and mid-size businesses, is reportedly up for grabs. Citing people “familiar with the matter”, the Wall Street Journal reports that Square is entertaining offers from Google and Apple. Square is flatly denying talks are taking place, despite evidence that suggests they are in trouble.  
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