Mergers and Acquisitions Rewind: Lincare REUNITES With Linde, Amazon SNAPS UP UpNext

Lincare (NASDAQ:LNCR) shares shoot the moon following the $41.50 per share bid from Germany’s Linde (LNAGF.PK), and might at the close of trading equal the offer. The former was originally a spinoff from Linde at the beginning of the 20th Century.

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Intel (NASDAQ:INTC) has acquired Israel’s IDesia Biometrics, says a report by Globes. IDesia has created and developed an identification method that depends upon the unique electrical signal generated by a person’s heartbeat, and only requires a user’s finger to touch a small sensor. Intel presumably wants IDesia so as to add the latter’s technology to its identity protection platform for hardware running on its processing units.

Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) purchases UpNext, which created a mapping method that integrates 3D models of cities with extensive point-of-interest data. UpNext has released iOS and Android applications, and should be able to address Amazon’s need for built-in mapping software for the Kindle Fire, and perhaps even a future smartphone. The acquisition, for which the financials were unreported, might be another competition worry for Google Maps (NASDAQ:GOOG) and its valuable mobile ad real estate.

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