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section heading icon     2006 to 2010

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section marker     2006

Viacom spins off broadcasting, themepark, publishing and some cable tv interests as CBS Corporation

Konica Minolta announces withdrawal from camera and colour film businesses

Shinawatra family sells its 49.6% stake in Shin Corp to Temasek for US$1.9bn

Disney buys Pixar for US$7.4bn

AT&T makes US$67bn bid for BellSouth

NBC Universal agrees to buy iVillage for around US$600m

John Fairfax buys Trade Me for $625m

Hearst agrees to acquire 20% stake in Fitch Group for US$592m

Softbank agrees to buy Vodafone's Japanese mobile-phone unit for US$15.4bn

US pet owners spend US$24.5bn on veterinary care

Alcatel and Lucent Technologies announce US$13.4bn merger

Silicon Graphics goes into Chapter 11

Google Inc pays US$1.65bn for YouTube

Publicis agrees to buy internet marketing specialist Digitas for US$1.3bn

subsection heading icon    2007

Time Warner abandons US$900m bid for web marketer TradeDoubler

Prudential sells online bank Egg to Citigroup for £575m

Post och Inrikes Tidningar becomes digital only

DaimlerChrysler sells 80% stake in Chrysler

Microsoft fined US$1.52bn for infringing Alcatel-Lucent digital music patent

Federation Tower, Moscow (93 floors, 1,470 feet)

KKR agrees to acquire payment processor First Data Corp for US$29bn

Google acquires DoubleClick for US$3.1bn

Experian pays US$240m for Hitwise

Yahoo buys remaining 80% of Right Media for US$680m

WPP buys internet ad broker 24/7 Real Media for US$649m

Thomson agrees to acquire Reuters

Microsoft agrees to pay US$6bn for ad broker aQuantive

EU adopts 2005 Prüm Treaty as its own law

Bell Canada agrees to be acquired by Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan and Providence Equity Partners for US$48.8bn

News Corp acquires Dow Jones

subprime property bubble collapses

liquidation of Emap

Treaty of Lisbon in EU

subsection heading icon    2008

Microsoft launches US$44.6bn bid for Yahoo

Getty announces agreement to be acquired by Hellman & Friedman for US$2.4bn

AOL pays US$850m for Bebo

UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD)

Hewlett-Packard agrees to pay US$13.9bn for EDS

Best Buy acquires Napster for US$121m

Visa IPO raises US$19.7bn

Wall Street 'subprime crash' sees demise of Lehman Bros, sale of Merrill Lynch, nationalisation of WaMu

section marker     2009


first trial in International Criminal Court

collapse of Icelandic banking system

Chrysler and GM go into Chapter 11

section marker     2010

Visa agrees to buy online payment processor Cyberssource for US$2bn

Dai-ichi Mutual Life raises US$11bn in IPO








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