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Microsoft and LinkedIn: Together Changing the Way the World Works - LinkedIn (blog)

Today we are excited to share that LinkedIn has entered into an agreement to be acquired by Microsoft. We are joining forces with Microsoft to realize a common mission to empower people and organizations. LinkedIn's vision – to create economic ...and more »

MICROSOFT BUYS LINKEDIN FOR $26.2 BILLION - Business Insider

LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner will remain CEO of the social network for professionals, reporting directly to Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella. Under the terms of the acquisition, LinkedIn will maintain its "distinct brand, culture, and independence" — similar ...and more »

Why has Microsoft paid US$26 billion for business networking platform LinkedIn? - The Conversation UK

Mark Skilton works for HATDeX Ltd, a next-generation data economy startup, and consults for large consulting organisations in international digital strategy services. Partners. University of Warwick provides funding as a founding partner of The ...and more »

Microsoft Buys LinkedIn for $26.2 Billion, Reasserting Its Muscle - New York Times

SEATTLE — Microsoft has made its most ambitious move in years to reassert itself in a technology market it once dominated. The software giant said Monday morning that it would acquire LinkedIn in a $26.2 billion cash deal. The acquisition, by far the ...and more »

Microsoft's £18 billion LinkedIn deal gets EU approval and will close in 'days' - Wired.co.uk

The deal was "unanimously approved" by both sets of company directors back in June, with Microsoft pledging to acquire the social network in an all-cash deal. "Jeff Weiner will remain CEO of LinkedIn, reporting to Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft ...and more »

Why is Microsoft buying LinkedIn? - The Verge

Microsoft just surprised the world with its LinkedIn acquisition. Valued at $26.2 billion, it's a huge price to pay for a social network, and it tops the charts as Microsoft's biggest-ever acquisition. As Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella's first major ...and more »

LinkedIn's sale is a sign of what's to come for Twitter and other social media companies - Mashable

When LinkedIn went public in 2011, it was heralded as the first in a new wave of social media companies landing on Wall Street. Facebook, Twitter, Yelp and Groupon were months if not years away from their public offerings. Pinterest and Snapchat ...and more »

Microsoft to Acquire LinkedIn for $26.2 Billion - Wall Street Journal

Microsoft Corp. MSFT 2.55% snapped up LinkedIn Corp. for $26.2 billion in the largest acquisition in its history, betting the professional social network can rev up the tech titan's software offerings despite recent struggles by both companies. The ...and more »

Mr Clippy the LBO machine - FT Alphaville

In its last reported quarter, the company cranked out about $125m in free cash flow per day. Whatever else you can say about endlessly outpouring some of the world's most annoying software to businesses that just cannot stop buying it — sorry, being ...and more »

LinkedIn winners reap millions from Microsoft deal - The Sydney Morning Herald

Many people might not like Mondays, but LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman is probably not one of them. Hoffman made a cool billion dollars early Monday, US time, when Microsoft offered $US26.2 billion in cash for his business networking site LinkedIn. The ...and more »