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Zoom Won’t Buy Five9

Not every deal is consummated.  Zoom announced that it will not complete its planned purchase of cloud contact center company Five9 after Five9’s shareholders rejected the all-stock offer.  The value was $14.7 billion when the agreement was announced in July, but Zoom’s stock price is now about 30% lower.

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Sinch Buys Mailgun Parent Pathwire for $1.9 Billion

October 1, 2021

Cloud communications vendor Sinch has expanded into email with the purchase of Pathwire, which owns email delivery companies Mailgun, Mailjet, and Email on Acid.  Price was $925 million in cash and $1 billion in Sinch stock, or about 14x Pathwire’s $132 million revenue.  The deal is Sinch’s fourth acquisition this year, including messaging platforms MessageMedia ($1.3 billion) and MessengerPeople ($55 million) and voice interconnection provider Inteliquent ($1.9 billion).

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Google Cloud Is Latest Marketplace to Share More Revenue

September 30, 2021

App store revenue streams keep springing new leaks. The latest is at Google Cloud marketplace, which will reportedly cut its revenue share from 20% to 3%. The Cloud marketplace is separate from the Play Store for android apps, which already reduced its revenue share in July, following a similar cut by Apple. Microsoft cut the Windows app store share of game purchase revenue in August, and just announced its app store will now allow third party storefronts.

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Marketers to Focus on Platforms Not Ad Channels in 2023: IAB Survey

November 29, 2022

This IAB study finds that connected TV and paid search are expected to be the fastest-growing ad channels next year, while linear TV and other traditional media continue to shrink.  More intriguing: marketers are focusing more investment on foundational tools like measurement and first party data, and less on specific ad channels.  Download for deep dives into retail media networks and the metaverse.

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