PR Newswire: Getty Images acquires world leader in cycling photography TDWsport (PRESS RELEASE)

PR Newswire: Getty Images acquires world leader in cycling photography TDWsport (PRESS RELEASE). “Getty Images, a world leader in visual communications, today announces it has acquired TDWsport, the world’s leading cycling photography business and archive. As part of the deal, Tim de Waele – owner of TDWsport and a 27-year veteran in the industry – has joined Getty Images as a staff photographer to lead the company’s cycling coverage.”

Alphabet’s Google explores sale of restaurant reviewer Zagat: sources (Reuters)

Reuters: Alphabet’s Google explores sale of restaurant reviewer Zagat: sources. “Google has held informal talks in recent months with multiple companies about offloading Zagat, the sources said, asking not to be named because the matter is private. Any deal would likely involve the Zagat brand name and website, the sources added. Google’s asking price is not known, and there is no certainty it will agree to sell Zagat, the sources said.”

Recode: Ziff Davis has bought Mashable at a fire sale price and plans to lay off 50 people

Recode: Ziff Davis has bought Mashable at a fire sale price and plans to lay off 50 people. “Mashable, once a fast-growing digital publisher with big ambitions, has been sold at a fire sale price. Ziff Davis, a digital media subsidiary of tech company J2, is buying Mashable for less than $50 million, according to people familiar with the transaction. In the spring of 2016, Time Warner’s Turner led a $15 million investment round that valued the company at $250 million.”

Wired: Will Facebook Kill All Future Facebooks?

Wired: Will Facebook Kill All Future Facebooks?. “Since 2012, Facebook has repeatedly copied or acquired social-media apps that gain traction. There’s the Instagram deal, and more astonishingly, its $22 billion acquisition of WhatsApp. Facebook attempted to acquire Snap for $3 billion, was turned down, and made at least 10 attempts to copy its most distinctive features. Last week the company acquired tbh, an anonymous app for teens that has bubbled up in recent months.”

Stratechery: Why Facebook Shouldn’t Be Allowed To Buy tbh

Stratechery: Why Facebook Shouldn’t Be Allowed To Buy tbh. “Facebook has always been secure in its dominance of permanent social relationships, a position that has given the company a dominant position in digital advertising. However, while everyone may need a permanent place on the Internet (all of those teenagers people say Facebook needs to reach have Facebook accounts), the ultimate currency is attention, and much like real life, it is ephemeral conversation that dominates. Facebook, by virtue of early decisions around privacy and significant bad press about the dangers of revealing too much, was locked out of this sphere, so it bought in.”

BetaNews: Facebook taps into teen market with acquisition of anonymous feedback app tbh

BetaNews: Facebook taps into teen market with acquisition of anonymous feedback app tbh. “Facebook’s desperation to appeal to the teenage market is well known, and its latest attempt to tap into it sees the social network acquiring tbh. The anonymous feedback app has proved to be a huge hit on iOS since its launch in August. An Android version is still in the pipeline.”

Google Blog: Google signs agreement with HTC, continuing our big bet on hardware

Google Blog: Google signs agreement with HTC, continuing our big bet on hardware. “Creating beautiful products that people rely on every single day is a journey, and we are investing for the long run. That’s why we’ve signed an agreement with HTC, a leader in consumer electronics, that will fuel even more product innovation in the years ahead. With this agreement, a team of HTC talent will join Google as part of the hardware organization. These future fellow Googlers are amazing folks we’ve already been working with closely on the Pixel smartphone line, and we’re excited to see what we can do together as one team. The deal also includes a non-exclusive license for HTC intellectual property.”