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InBrief
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Kongregate acquires Bit Heroes, a popular mobile RPG

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Barnes & Noble getting a new owner, as retail book market bravely soldiers on

Barnes & Noble, being the largest bookstore chain in the United States, has had lasting power in an industry where its competitors have fallen to tech giants, namely Amazon. In the past decade, the company has been able to keep afloat by doubling down on supplying education clients and investing in its Nook and SparkNotes product lines, but it has straddled the line between profit and loss for the past decade. Today, multinational asset management firm Elliott has announced its intent to acquire the Barnes & Noble for approximately $683 million and has plans to invest.

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Mobile Nations, which includes Android Central, acquired by Future plc

Sometimes we need to get a bit meta when it comes to the subject of Android. Yesterday Future plc, the company behind media outlets including Tom's Guide, Anandtech, PC Gamer, and TechRadar, announced that it had purchased Mobile Nations for a cool $60 million. That purchase includes Android Central, Windows Central, and Thrifter.

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InBrief
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Dropbox to acquire eSignature company HelloSign for $230 million

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Google acquires GraphicsFuzz, a firm that tests Android GPU drivers for security exploits

In all of the Android 9 Pie news yesterday, this little bit slipped under the radar. Google wasn't completely wrapped up in announcing and releasing the latest version of Android; no, it was also acquiring a small company that could benefit our favorite operating system, just not in a truly user-facing way (unless we want to get really technical). GraphicsFuzz, a three-man firm based in the UK, is joining the Android Graphics Team to improve GPU security and driver stability going forward.

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Slack buys Hipchat and Stride from Atlassian, only to shut them down

Here at AP, we currently use Slack to communicate with and send messages to our colleagues. It's a great tool, and we don't have any real complaints. Prior to our migration to Slack around two years ago, though, we used Hipchat. That Atlassian service, along with Stride, has now been purchased (and shut down) by Slack.

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Qualcomm won't be buying NXP, set to pay $2 billion termination fee

Starting all the way back in 2016, Qualcomm set its sights on purchasing NXP. Both being huge semiconductor companies operating in overlapping fields, there was some question of consumer benefit and market competition if the deal went through. EU regulators expressed some concern before relenting, and back in June Chinese regulators were said to be ready to grant their own blessings. Turns out, China's enthusiasm may have been overstated, as Qualcomm is set to terminate the NXP acquisition based on the continued absence of regulatory approval from the Chinese State Administration for Market Regulation (SAMR), presumably as a result of the ongoing trade tensions between it and the US.

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[Update: Addressing concerns] Pocket Casts purchased by public radio group including NPR and This American Life

Podcasts are pretty popular these days, and there are a lot of different ways to get your fix. One of the most well-known apps on Android (and iOS) is probably Pocket Casts. The app's days of independence have ended, though. Just earlier today NPR has announced that it—as part of a larger public radio group including WNYC Studios, WBEZ Chicago, and This American Life—was acquiring the fan-favorite app.

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Flickr has been acquired by photo-sharing service SmugMug

Flickr announced yesterday that it's entered into an agreement to be acquired from Oath Inc. by photo-sharing and image hosting platform SmugMug. Flickr currently has no plans to change its service following the acquisition.

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Xiaomi reportedly wants to buy GoPro

Xiaomi is probably recognizable among our readers for its phones, and maybe even for its earbud headphones. But I doubt many of us think of cameras when we think of the 5th largest smartphone manufacturer. That said, someday we might. According to Bloomberg, Xiaomi is considering making an offer on GoPro.

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