Round the Clock Acquisitions: March 03 2008

March 3rd, 2008 at 12:00 am
 


Start of the week and not much to report.  We have a big one today, TNS just bought Compete.com.  Aside from that, the other acquisitions aren’t more significant yet (unless of course the do well with the money they just received). Anyway, things seem to be slowing down lately.  Everybody’s probably waiting for the Q2.

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YieldBuild, an online advertising optimization service, has raised $6 million in Series B funding. Versus typical ad networks, YieldBuild is more of a middle-man of sorts, selecting the best ads to run on a given site at a given point in time, based on what it determines will monetize best.

London-based market research firm Taylor Nelson Sofres (TNS) has acquired Compete for $75 million. Another $75 million in possible earn-outs through 2010 brings the total acquisition price up to $150 million. Publicly-traded comScore, by comparison, has market cap of $570 million. TNS will use the data culled from Compete’s panel of 2 million Web surfers to measure online purchasing behavior and the effectiveness of online ads.

Akimbo , a San Mateo, Calif.-based online video technology company, has raised $8 million in fourth-round funding. Return backers include AT&T, Blueprint Ventures, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and Zone Ventures. The company has now raised around $56 million in total VC funding since 1999.

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Thanks  to Mashable,  TechCrunch and PE Hub.