The technology business week: Google acquires Snapseed, PCH International inks Contour Inc deal

24 Sep 2012

Google acquires Snapseed - reports 400m Google+ users, 100m monthly actives

A digest of the top business technology news stories from the past week.

Google acquires Snapseed – reports 400m Google+ users, 100m monthly actives

Google has boosted the already formidable photo-sharing capabilities of its Google+ social network by acquiring Nik Software, the German creators of photo-sharing app Snapseed, an iOS photo app.

Snapseed won the iPad App of the Year Award in 2011 for its photo-editing interface.

In a post on his Google+ profile, Google’s Vic Gundotra wrote: “Today I’m excited to welcome +Nik Software to the Google family! We want to help our users create photos they absolutely love, and in our experience Nik does this better than anyone. Check out the examples from some of the world’s greatest photographers, and you’ll see what I mean.”

Gundotra also revealed that more than 400m people have “upgraded” to Google+.

Lenovo acquires US software firm Stoneware Inc

PC maker Lenovo has acquired software company Stoneware Inc in a move to enhance and expand its cloud computing solutions. Financial terms of the deal have not been disclosed.

With the acquisition, Lenovo will add new technologies and boost its capabilities for commercial and consumer cloud offerings, particularly the ability to provide secure content across multiple devices in education and government, the company said in a statement.

Lenovo will also help Stoneware Inc branch out its cloud products into more consumer-focused offerings.

PCH International inks global consumer tech deal with Contour Inc

PCH International has formed a partnership with US Contour Inc, a maker of hands-free video cameras, apps and accessories, that will see the two companies make it easier to buy Contour’s products anywhere in the world.

The partnership is part of the PCH Accelerator programme, which offers Contour the same supply chain management services that PCH provides to the world’s top brands.

As well as logistics, PCH is working with Contour to accelerate development of innovative, new products for the red-hot action video market. 

BT names Luis Alvarez CEO, BT Global Services

Telecoms company BT has appointed its president of BT Global Services Europe, Middle East, Africa and Latin America Luis Alvarez as CEO, BT Global Services, effective 1 October.

Alvarez, who has been with BT for 12 years in various roles, takes over from Jeff Kelly, who is returning to the US following nearly three years as CEO, BT Global Services.

Alvarez will lead the BT Global Services team to ensure the levels of support its customers receive continue to improve when it comes to managed networked IT services.

Kelly will continue to work for BT, as a senior executive adviser to BT in the US in a part-time capacity.

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