Amazon Will Know Who You Are

| About: Amazon.com, Inc. (AMZN)

Summary

Amazon buys AI cloud company.

Mitel wants Polycom.

FCC finalizing Time Warner Cable decision.

M&A Daily

Welcome to the He knows what you are thinking issue

Amazon

Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) bought Orbeus, an artificial intelligence cloud computing company. Its Phototime app recognizes and organizes the content of photos in real time. Their technology competes with Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) (NASDAQ:GOOGL) and Facebook (NASDAQ:FB). They want computers to be able to see like people. Sort of cool… or sort of creepy? For more on Amazon, here is Jeff Bezos' new shareholder letter.

FirstMerit

The first amendment to the S-4 has been filed for the Huntington (NASDAQ:HBAN) acquisition of FirstMerit (NASDAQ:FMER).

Polycom

Mitel (NASDAQ:MITL) is seeking to buy Polycom (NASDAQ:PLCM) for about $1.7 billion.

Time Warner

Charter (NASDAQ:CHTR) and Time Warner Cable (TWC) executives met with FCC staff to discuss their deal. Approval should come soon. The $6.17 net arbitrage spread offers a 12% IRR if the deal closes midyear.

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Questar

The definitive proxy for the Dominion Resources (NYSE:D) acquisition of Questar (NYSE:STR) was filed with the SEC. Questar shareholders vote on May 12.

Office Depot

Final arguments for the merger hearing between the FTC and Staples (NASDAQ:SPLS) regarding the Office Depot (NYSE:ODP) acquisition are on April 19. There is a $2.03 net arbitrage spread.

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More to come in future editions of M&A Daily…

Done deal

Youku (NYSE:YOKU) was successfully acquired.

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Dead deal

Pfizer (NYSE:PFE) and Allergan (NYSE:AGN) walked away from their deal. The decision was driven by the actions announced by the Treasury Department which qualified as an "Adverse Tax Law Change" under the merger agreement.

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