Check out the hottest mobile IT news for Friday, Jan. 16, including BlackBerry's denial of Samsung rumors, chemical firm Albemarle's plans to split BYOD costs with employees, HealthTronics picks AirWatch for mobile management, IoT analytics market making up one-third of analytics revenue by 2020 and tablet market's increase to 8.5 percent CAGR through 2019.
Wal-Mart's innovation lab--@WalmartLabs--is buying Stylr, a mobile app that enables shoppers to find clothes in nearby stores, for an undisclosed consideration. This marks the 13th acquisition by the retailer's technology lab in the past three years.
Following last month's report that Deutsche Telekom had accepted Softbank's offer to buy T-Mobile US comes word that Softbank's U.S. carrier Sprint is finalizing details of a merger with T-Mobile.
Apple is in talks to buy Beats Electronics, a maker of headphones and provider of a music streaming service, for a reported $3.2 billion, making it the largest acquisition in Apple's history, the New York Times reports, citing sources familiar with the negotiations.
Intralinks purchased IRM vendor DocTrackr last week, perhaps beating Box to the punch.
Facebook's dodgy privacy record has prompted the Federal Trade Commission to take the extraordinary step of warning the social media giant about its proposed $19 billion acquisition of mobile messaging startup WhatsApp.
Lithium made the Klout purchase official last week.
Dropbox has reportedly bought a collaboration solution, which if successfully baked into their sync and share tool, could make them much more formidable competition for Box.
Jive has reportedly gone looking for a buyer and found nobody is really interested.
Enterprises are increasingly looking for one carrier to provide both mobile and fixed-line telecommunication services--traditional services such as telephony and advanced services such as unified communications, observes John Delaney, associate vice president for mobility at IDC Research.