Path has always taken a different ... trail. So it's no surprise that the private social network is laying down new tracks in an attempt to make digital communication more human.
In 2012, 2,357 private technology companies were bought for a combined total of $84 billion, according to a new report from research firm PrivCo. That's slightly up 22 percent from 2011, but the real surprise is who is doing the acquiring.
Personal.com, one of a growing class of Dropbox competitors, has taken personally that age-old wisdom: "If you can't beat em, join em."
Alibaba Group is raising $3 billion — not to buy back the 40 percent stake Yahoo holds in the parent company, as previously rumored, but to buy back the 27 percent of Alibaba.com stock currently floating around the public market.…