VMware to Acquire SpringSource for approx $420 Million

"VMware will acquire SpringSource for approximately $362 million in cash and equity plus the assumption of approximately $58 million of unvested stock and options. The acquisition has been approved by SpringSource's stockholders and is expected to close in the third quarter of 2009, subject to customary closing conditions."


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via @techcruch "There’s a large uproar right now following Tr.im’s demise on whether or not anyone should actually be using URL-shorteners just in case something like this happens."

There’s a large uproar right now following Tr.im’s demise on whether or not anyone should actually be using URL-shorteners just in case something like this happens. [...snip...] But an archive of these links that is maintained outside any one service could help put people’s minds at ease.

Yes, I was a tr.im user. It was a great service and now they're holding my links hostage because they could not figure out how to monetize the service. Hopefully a company like bit.ly will step up and pony up enough ransom to free them. Aaahhh perhaps that is the URL shortener industry's new monetization approach. Get competitors to buy you out if your shutdown threatens credibility of the entire sector...

Facebook Acquires FriendFeed (only 12 Employees!)

FriendFeed is based in Mountain View, Calif. and has 12 employees.

The most interesting point, for me, is that FriendFeed has only 12 employees! I know I shouldn't be supprised in this new age of small startups that stay small, but the site just oozed polish, features and performance. I expected them to at least break 40 employees. Kudo's to those guys and I hope they got some good cash in the deal.