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Fitbit may buy smartwatch maker Pebble for its IP

Fitness wristband maker Fitbit is said to be close to a deal to acquire smartwatch maker Pebble, mainly for its intellectual property.

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Microsoft's reported LinkedIn concessions don't amount to much

Microsoft has faced a tough battle getting its $26 billion acquisition of LinkedIn approved in Europe. Now, it's reportedly suggesting a set of concessions to European regulators, but they're not exactly huge giveaways.

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Explaining the IoT buyer’s dilemma of propellers and propellerheads

Traditional industrial equipment manufacturing companies as well as Internet of Things (IoT) hardware companies are struggling with transformation through acquisition because of the huge valuation chasm between the earnings based...

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Google acquires AWS training vendor Qwiklabs

Google announced Monday that it's acquiring Qwiklabs, a company that helps people learn how to use public cloud services to run applications without having to operate a data center.

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Symantec acquisition has lawsuit-filled past

LifeLock, the identity protection vendor that Symantec plans to acquire for $2.3 billion, has been the frequent target of lawsuits by customers, state attorneys general and the FTC.

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Oracle to buy DNS, cloud infrastructure provider Dyn

Oracle plans to acquire cloud-based internet performance and DNS provider Dyn in an effort to pump up its cloud-based services, the company announced Monday.

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Symantec will acquire identity protection firm LifeLock in $2.3B deal

Aiming to boost its consumer security business, Symantec is acquiring LifeLock, a vendor of identity protection services, for US$2.3 billion in enterprise value.

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Facebook acquires facial image analysis startup FacioMetrics

Facebook has acquired a facial image analysis firm FacioMetrics as it tries to give users new features to add special effects to photos and videos.

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Security experts divided on ethics of Facebook's password purchases

Last week, Facebook CSO Alex Stamos told conference attendees in Lisbon that the company buys stolen passwords on the black market, and some security experts are questioning the ethics and benefits of this approach.

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GE wants Predix to be the Windows of industrial IoT

GE yesterday launched new applications and partnerships based on its analytics software, which it says helps companies anticipate when critical machines will fail.

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DataStax buys DataScale, plans to launch managed cloud service

The NoSQL database software specialist, which powers companies like Netflix and eBay, has acquired DataScale, a provider of cloud-based management services for data infrastructure. The company plans to launch DataStax Managed Cloud...

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GE is on an IoT buying spree

It turns out GE Digital’s acquisition of ServiceMax on Monday wasn’t its only recent move to expand its industrial IoT expertise. Two deals for small startups, completed recently and announced on Tuesday, add other interesting...

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GE buys ServiceMax for $915M to boost its IoT power

General Electric’s US$915 million acquisition of field service management company ServiceMax on Monday should help enterprises combine what GE does for industrial products and assets with more tools for those who work on them.

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Samsung boosts audio, connected car businesses with $8B Harman buy

Samsung Electronics wants to buy its way into the connected car market, with a plan to acquire Harman for US$8 billion.

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Cisco/Ericsson: Assessing the mega-deal a year later

When it was announced a year ago, the Cisco/Ericsson partnership was hailed as “the right move for us right now,” according to Cisco CEO Chuck Robbins to create the networks of the future. While the partnership has done well – the...

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Yahoo investigating if insiders knew of hack

Yahoo said investigators were looking into the possibility that some people within the company knew at the time about the late 2014 theft of information of at least 500 million user accounts.

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Aon beefs up its cyber insurance portfolio with acquisition

The risk management firm has acquired Stroz Friedberg, which AON says will help it better meet clients’ requirements for managing their responses to cyberattacks.

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Broadcom doesn't want all of Brocade, so what will happen to the leftover Ethernet business?

News of Broadcom buying Brocade for an estimated $5.5 billion comes with some caveats: Most notably, chipmaker Broadcom isn’t planning to keep Brocade’s Ethernet business. So what will happen to it?

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