HootSuite announced this morning that it is partnering with IBM to integrate with big blue’s Connections product suite, which IBM calls “a leading social software platform” which makes “everything social.”
The goal is to help bands that need a better way to connect with fans — and are ready to go beyond a static Facebook page and a website.
Y Combinator startups Stripe and Parse form a partnership to make it easy for developers to integrate payments into their mobile apps.
Virtualization giant VMware has invested $30 million into Puppet Labs, a Portland-based provider of software for system administrators. As part of the funding, the companies formed a strategic partnership to deliver a more robust set of IT tools to customers.
Khosla Ventures and RiceHadleyGates form a strategic partnership to help startups tackle regulatory, political, and public policy issues.
Last month, Activision struck a partnership with analytics firm Flurry to create a third-party publishing platform that would allow outside developers to elease games under the Activision Mobile brand. The developers retain control over their intellectual property and Flurry provides mobile analytics and advertising capabilities. This was a significant step, considering Activision used to be less active on mobile than competitors Electronic Arts, Zynga, and Gameloft.
Smartphone company HTC is investing $300 million in digital sound company Beats Electronics, the company told All Things Digital.
Comcast subscribers will soon be able to access video calling service Skype from their televisions, according to the company, which plans to make the full announcement Tuesday at a cable industry trade show in Chicago.