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In brief Proxy appliance firm Blue Coat is to buy URL filtering firm Cerberian for approximately $17.5m in stock. The acquisition is expected to close within approximately 60 days, subject to various customary closing conditions. The deal, announced today, will see Cerberian's URL filtering and categorisation technology iintregratednto the Blue Coat's ProxySG line of security appliances. The combination of URL filtering along with its existing content filtering and protocol control technology will enable Blue Coat to sell more comprehensive Web control products direct to its customers. But the company will also continue to resell support for URL filtering databases from Secure Computing, SurfControl and Websense. ®

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