On Wednesday, Chris Sacca of Lowercase Capital penned an 8,500-word blog post on the future of 140-character social network Twitter. In an interview with CNBC, he went as far as to say he believes it would be a great buy for Google. Sacca's comments, naturally, spurred quite a bit of buzz.
While a Google-Twitter acquisition would certainly be big news, there is little indication that a concrete transaction in the works. There are, however, a number of other big technology and telecommunications deals in the pipeline.
The industry has witnessed a number of big-name acquisitions in recent months, including Facebook's (FB) $19 billion buy of messaging app WhatsApp and online real estate platform Zillow's (Z) $2.5 billion purchase of competitor Trulia. And there is much more to come.
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On May 12, Verizon (VZ) announced plans to buy AOL (AOL) in a deal worth about $4.4 billion. AOL CEO Tim Armstrong, who will remain with the company, told CNN that the combination will open new growth opportunities for both companies amid a shift toward mobile.
Verizon stands to inherit AOL's powerful video assets as well as its subscription business and programmatic advertising platforms. It will also pick up its portfolio of global content brands, including TechCrunch and Engadget. It could also get The Huffington Post, which AOL acquired in 2011, though whether that will happen remains unclear.
The deal is expected to close this summer, pending regulatory approvals. Verizon is set to pay $50 per share for AOL, which at market close Thursday was trading at $50.05. Shares are currently flat.