News in Short: Facebook acquires, Microsoft acquires Canesta

by Knowlton Thomas


Facebook acquires

In a statement, Facebook announced that CEO Sam Lessin, who attended Harvard University alongside Mark Zuckerberg, is joining Facebook full-time.'s service will be shut down.

Sam helped Mark meet venture capitalists and finance executives six years ago, according to base-on-a-true-story book "The Facebook Effect."

"We can confirm that we recently completed a small talent acquisition for and acquired most of the company's assets," the Facebook statement. "We're thrilled that Sam Lessin will be joining us at Facebook."

canestaMicrosoft acquires Canesta

Microsoft says it has acquired Canesta. Terms were not disclosed, but it's expected that the deal will close by year's end.

Microsoft hasn't suggested what purpose it will use Canesta technology for.

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Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton is the managing editor of Techvibes and author of Tempest Bound. Based in Vancouver, Knowlton has been published in national publications and has also appeared on television and radio. Previously he was an editor for New Westminster weekly The Other Press and served on its board of directors. When not working, Knowlton enjoys hiking, tennis, and martial arts. more

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