Articles about Acquisitions

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Samsung and BlackBerry: Coming together? Not at this price

Analysis A Reuters report that Samsung held talks with Canada's BlackBerry over a possible acquisition doesn't ring true, for a number of reasons. Firstly, the deal as reported would represent a haircut for BlackBerry's biggest shareholder, and financial saviour Prem Watsa. Watsa's Fairfax Holdings bought most of BlackBerry stock at $17 …
Andrew Orlowski, 15 Jan 2015
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Siri, are you afraid of Facebook's new speech recognition tech?

Facebook is buying speech recognition startup Wit.ai, in an apparent bid to counter rival chatterbox tech from the likes of Apple, Google, and Microsoft. "Facebook's mission is to connect everyone and build amazing experiences for the over 1.3 billion people on the platform – technology that understands natural language is a big …
Neil McAllister, 06 Jan 2015
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Pricey buys bring home bacon for Alternative Networks...sort of

Hauling in a heavy duty sales director and forking out millions for acquisitions has finally got the revenue dial moving in the right direction for AIM-listed Alternative Networks. It's not done the same for profits, though. The top line had stagnated and operating profits dipped in the previous fiscal year, so the comms-managed …
Paul Kunert, 05 Jun 2014

Web collab outfit Assemblage becomes Cisco's latest appendage

Cisco's vision for the enterprise might still be telepresence and $US1,500 Android tablets, but The Borg is at least prepared to consider that some people might want their collaboration to come as cheaply as possible. To that end, the company has just bought WebRTC/HTML5 collaboration startup Assemblage, which pitches itself as …
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Marissa! Mayer! ends! 21! month! dry! spell! as! Yahoo! sales! grow!

Yahoo! is living in hope of a financial resurgence as the company logged a rare uptick in revenues. The Purple Palace said its third-quarter GAAP revenues rose one per cent over the same period last year to $1.148bn, up from $1.139bn in 2013. This marks the first time in seven quarters the firm was able to increase GAAP revenues …
Shaun Nichols, 21 Oct 2014

Open Source's 2014: MS 'cancer' embrace, NASDAQ listings and a quiet dog

Ho hum. Another year, another slew of open source announcements that prove the once-maligned development methodology is now so mainstream as to be tedious. Running most of the world’s most powerful supercomputers? Been there, done that. Giving retailers the ability to deliver highly customized paper coupons to consumers based on …
Matt Asay, 27 Dec 2014

Daisy Group slurped by VC consortium, bids to cancel AIM listing

AIM-listed comms and tech outfit Daisy Group Tuesday confirmed that the previously agreed 185 pence-per-share bid from a consortium led by CEO Matthew Riley has been declared unconditional. The offer from Riley, Penta Capital, and long-term investor Tosca Fund, which values Daisy at near £500m, was agreed in October, some months …
Paul Kunert, 09 Dec 2014
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Twitch rich as Google flicks $1bn hitch switch, claims snitch

Google and Twitch were tight-lipped this morning in California – amid swirling rumors that the internet goliath will formally seal a $1bn deal to buy the video-streaming upstart. Twitch spokesperson Chase (just Chase) refused to rule out the speculation, and instead gave us "no comment" when we called. Given that Twitch is a few …
Shaun Nichols, 25 Jul 2014
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Reg man has the cure for IBM storage: Just swallow 10 firms

Comment When you are walking on the Moon, far from home and Earth's tethering gravity then giant steps are what you take. When a product set becomes low or no-growth, then its tethering product gravity effect is weakened and you need to take giant steps to rebuild it ... which brings us to IBM. Witness its results. IBM's old certainties …
Chris Mellor, 21 Oct 2014
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Strap-on gumble biz GoPro files for stock market debut in US

Video Wearable camera-maker GoPro has filed with US regulators to raise at least $111m in an initial public offering. The firm, which markets its rugged wee point-and-shoots to sports enthusiasts, is breaking the mould for startups that want to go public by actually being profitable. The firm earned $60.6m in 2013, after it almost …
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Lenovo cracks its first ever $10bn quarter

Lenovo sold a record-breaking 32.6 million pieces of kit in the last quarter, passing the $US10 billion (£6bn) revenue milestone for the first time. The PC giant’s third fiscal quarter ending 31 December saw revenue up 15 per cent year-on-year to $10.8bn (£6.5) and profits up even more, growing 30 per cent to $321m (£193m). The …
Phil Muncaster, 13 Feb 2014

Lenovo hires ex-CIA bod to push through Moto deal

Lenovo has hired former CIA and Homeland Security legal wonks to help push through its deals to buy Motorola Mobility and IBM’s x86 server business with US regulators, according to Bloomberg. The Chinese outfit is spending $US5 billion on the two big name acquisitions to become a top three player in both markets. People …
Phil Muncaster, 05 Feb 2014
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Oracle swallows Corente, hopes to kick rivals in software networking bits

Oracle is buying software defined networking specialist Corente, upping the stakes in telecoms and cloud. Corente makes software to manage and provision applications and services regardless of IP network, transport type, access, security or provider over a wide area. Financial terms of the deal, announced on Tuesday, were not …
Gavin Clarke, 08 Jan 2014
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2014 AD: A year in storage. STILL not enough nails for the disk coffin lid

Beard Stroke Spending some of the festive season in San Francisco has given me a chance to look back at the wonderful world of storage and to ponder which may have been the biggest overall storage stories over the past twelve months or so. Here's what I think are the strongest contenders: Splintering of SAN/NAS Cloud storage in public and …
Chris Mellor, 24 Dec 2014
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NO SALE! Rackspace snubs all buyout offers, appoints new CEO

Rackspace says it has given up on plans to either sell itself or merge with another company, and to prove it the cloud hosting provider has named a new CEO to lead its next phase of independent operation. Rackspace had been considering "inbound strategic proposals" – meaning buyout offers – since May, when it brought in …
Neil McAllister, 17 Sep 2014

Venture Capital investment in Silicon Valley hits dot-com boom levels

Analysis We're now at dot-com bubble levels of investment in Silicon Valley, according to the latest stats, raising the specter of another tech crash. PricewaterhouseCoopers' MoneyTree report, which tracks venture capital investment across the US, has announced (though not yet published) its Q4 2014 results, and revealed that in the …
Kieren McCarthy, 17 Jan 2015
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Palo Alto Networks splashes $US200 million on Cyvera

Palo Alto Networks has announced that it's buying Tel Aviv-based Cyvera for $US200 million, including $US88 million in cash. The attraction is the Israeli company's TRAPS (Targeted Remote Attack Prevention System), an endpoint protection system for Windows machines, which PAN will add to its existing firewall and cloud security …
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Wall Street woes: Oh noes, tech titans aren't using bankers

Worstall on Wednesday There was much astonishment over at the New York Times as it explained that the big Silicon Valley tech firms, the Googles, Apples, Facebooks, aren't using the traditional services of the Wall Street bankers as they make their acquisitions. There are a number of reasons for this. As to whether this is all a good idea or not, …
Tim Worstall, 20 Aug 2014
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Vodafone's 4G investment is beginning to pay off

What matters in results isn’t how good or bad they are, but how they compare with what lots of very highly paid people have been calculating they would be. This makes the Vodafone results for the six months to 30 September 2014 good. While the Earnings Before Tax, Depreciation and Amortisation (EBITDA) from-day-to-day business …
Simon Rockman, 11 Nov 2014
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BlackBerry boss John Chen: We're FINISHED (with the job cuts)

BlackBerry has finished its long and painful restructuring process – and is even considering adding new employees. That's according to a leaked staff memo apparently sent by BlackBerry chief exec John Chen. In the file, he wrote that the process of laying off workers, which started three years ago, has now come to an end: "We …
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Movirt-who? BlackBerry gobbles maker of multi-line smartphone tech

In a bid to firm up its pitch to enterprise customers, troubled mobile biz BlackBerry has bought Movirtu, a maker of tech that allows a smartphone to have multiple phone numbers active at the same time using a single SIM. Movirtu says its Virtual SIM Platform is based on "standard network technology," rather than VoIP, and it …
Neil McAllister, 11 Sep 2014
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Westcoast Group shuffles management deck

Westcoast has rejigged its management team to accommodate an expanding waistline having swallowed Viglen and QC Supplies in this month alone. Current UK and Ireland MD Duncan Forsyth has moved to a Group MD role overseeing Westcoast, XMA and new buys Viglen and consumables trader QC Supplies. In turn sales and marketing …
Paul Kunert, 16 Jan 2014

Quick as a flash: SanDisk gobbles Fusion-io for an Instagram (that's $1.1bn)

+Analysis The end-game for flash supplier consolidation is in sight: SanDisk is buying Fusion-io for a paltry $1.1bn. The bare bones are: All-cash transaction for $1.1bn, tendering $11.25 for each Fusion-io share. Both boards are in favour. Fusion’s PCIe flash card and ioControl shared flash array businesses will be integrated with …
Chris Mellor, 16 Jun 2014

Ex Red Hat CTO installs self as Google Cloud boss

Red Hat’s former technology chief Brian Stevens has floated over to Google to run its cloud operations. Stevens suddenly left the Linux distro maker and aspiring OpenStack cloud fluffer after 12 years as executive vice president and chief technology officer. As of this month, Stevens has become Google’s vice president of cloud …
Gavin Clarke, 10 Sep 2014

EMC customer? You can only buy from third-party sales bods now

EMC says it will remove the tools that allowed its direct sales reps to quote kit prices to customers this quarter. The process is running slightly behind schedule due to some teething issues, but should be in place soon, it said. The internal reps used the Direct Express (DXP) to fire off quotes to customers while partners …
Paul Kunert, 15 Aug 2014
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SGI flutters onto corpse of Starboard Storage, pecks away at assets

The Register is hearing that HPC bods SGI have bought the assets of the failed unified file/block access and hybrid array startup Starboard Storage, which crashed and burned in October. Some Starboard employees are now back at work and the product line technology is set to continue. What's SGI about here? Their CEO is Jorge …
Chris Mellor, 09 Dec 2013
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New Nominet CEO: I'll embrace past but look forward to the future

"It's too early to tell what areas of growth will be best for Nominet," says Russell Haworth, "but the company has got some smart people, a good board and an active membership base so if we can corral all three, everybody wins." Haworth has been announced as the new CEO at dot-uk registry operator Nominet after a six-month …
Kieren McCarthy, 28 Oct 2014
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NO SALE: IBM won't cash in its chips with GlobalFoundries after all

IBM's hopes of unloading its loss-making semiconductor division to GlobalFoundries have reportedly been dashed, with GlobalFoundries refusing to budge on price. Word that Big Blue was planning to sell off its chips business first surfaced in February, when the company retained investment bankers Goldman Sachs to help it put a …
Neil McAllister, 25 Jul 2014

IBM to cut '118k jobs worldwide' – report claims

Updated IBM is reportedly planning to jettison 118,000 workers to counter 11 quarters of declining sales and the impact of shifting industry demand – which, if true, would make it one of the biggest corporate culls on record. El Chan recently broke the huge divisional revamp at Big Blue in a worldwide exclusive, with a series of new …
Paul Kunert, 26 Jan 2015

Carphone Warehouse, Dixons embroiled in £3.7bn merger rumour

Sir Charles Dunstone once told your humble correspondent that he would never have more than 50 shops. Today his Carphone Warehouse empire has more 2,000 shops across Europe, and is rumoured to be about to add another 500 – through a merger with PC World and Currys owner Dixons. Discussions have been going on since February, we' …
Simon Rockman, 08 May 2014
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UK reseller titan Kelway's valuation heading north of £200m, say insiders

The first round of Kelway's sales process is understood to be over and the buy price has drifted north of £200m, or so say our insiders. Interested venture capitalists are still believed to be at the negotiating table, as are some trade buyers, with investment banker William Blair, appointed in January, overseeing the …
Paul Kunert, 26 Jun 2014

Azzurri exec set have a brand new CEO: Former BT bigster Chris Jagusz

Ailing integrator Azzurri Communications has charged former SSE Telecoms boss Chris Jagusz with revving up the stalling motor when he returns well oiled from a, er, "summer break". The start date for Jagusz was not specified by his new employer but he will take over from chairman Steve Andrews who is to become interim CEO from 8 …
Paul Kunert, 29 May 2014
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OpenText says punters want low latency, sovereignty certainty

Last week, OpenText joined the growing number of international software outfits to stretch its cloud to Australia. Vulture South spoke to engineering senior VP Muhi Majzoub about the decision to host a local data centre. With 30 racks and what the company told El Reg is a multi-million dollar investment, Majzoub said the …
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Yahoo! dumps! thing! that! made! it! Yahoo! and! told! to! bed! AOL!

A hedge fund is urging Yahoo! to form a "strategic combination" with fellow internet dinosaur AOL – just as Yahoo! announced it was killing off its founding feature, created about 20 years ago. In an open letter to Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer, investment house Starboard Value asked her to consider making a number of moves it thinks …
Shaun Nichols, 27 Sep 2014
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Reports pump fuel into iCar gossip: Apple in 'talks' with Tesla

Apple and Tesla reportedly met to discuss a deal that could clear the way for a Cupertino-designed iCar. The San Francisco Chronicle suggested that Apple and Tesla met last year to discuss a possible link-up. Citing an unnamed source, it claimed Apple's merger and acquisitions chief, Adrian Perica, met with Tesla CEO Elon Musk …
Jasper Hamill, 17 Feb 2014

Daisy petals close around midge MoCo

Daisy Group has devoured Kent-based minnow MoCo Communications for an undisclosed sum to boost its challenged mobile distie operations. This is the third buy Daisy has made in the mobile airtime channel; it swallowed Anglia Telecom Centres in 2009; and Fone Logistics a year later. Founded in 1985, MoCo had operated as an …
Paul Kunert, 27 Jun 2013
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Ex-Autonomy execs: HP's latest wad blows apart fraud allegations

Another week, another round in the ongoing bunfight between HP and the former management team of Autonomy. This time, the ex-Autonomy bods have claimed that new court documents filed by HP prove the latter has misrepresented the reasons why it had to write down $8.8bn in its botched acquisition of Autonomy in 2011. In a lengthy …
Neil McAllister, 12 Sep 2014
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Play.com tech titan snaps up 'VoIP-tastic WhatsApp' firm Viber

Japanese ecommerce giant Rakuten will slurp messaging app Viber for $900m in cash as it continues its plans for world domination. The firm behind Play.com offers services from shopping to online video and is now adding messaging and VoIP to its repertoire courtesy of Viber, which is run from Cyprus by Israeli entrepreneur Talmon …
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Juniper Networks UK bigwig hotfoots it to Alternative Networks

Juniper UK and Ireland boss Mark Quartermaine is hot-footing it to one of the firm's biggest channel partners, Alternative Networks, where he will be COO from next month. The former IBM, C&W, BT Global Services and Azzurri exec initially joined LSE-listed Alternative as a non-exec director in January last year but his …
Paul Kunert, 24 Apr 2014
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Moneymen dash to hand cash to storage upstarts

Comment There has been a sudden rush of venture capital cash to storage startups as mainstream vendors respond to the upstarts' products and squeeze their growth window. The backing VCs want fast growth to IPO level run rate revenues so they can get their exit before the startup's growth fizzles out. Only last year, storage startups …
Chris Mellor, 06 Oct 2014
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Synaptics, longing for Apple's love, gobbles chip outfit Renesas SP

Touch tech kingpin Synaptics has agreed to buy Japanese chip firm Renesas SP Drivers for $475m in a bid to win a bigger presence in the exploding mobile device market. The Japanese company is a joint venture between Renesas, Sharp, and Powerchip that specializes in silicon for managing LCD displays – which, of course, are found …
Neil McAllister, 12 Jun 2014

Outsourcing giant Capita gets share boost from confident outlook

The London stock market was pleased by Capita's 14 per cent rise in annual profits (before tax) today, sending shares up almost six per cent in the first half of the day. Not only had the British outsourcing group pulled in more profits for fiscal 2013, it also said it was feeling pretty chipper about this year, after winning £ …
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Annus Horribilis for Avnet Inc

Enterprise tech distie Avnet closed off fiscal '13 on a relative high - well sort of - but the single digit sales hike came too late in the day for management to characterise the year as one of progress. The sector bellwether posted Q4 numbers for the three months ended 29 June showing a 4.5 per cent year-on-year rise in revenue …
Paul Kunert, 07 Aug 2013

Losses widen but Daisy Group plans to keep wolfing down companies

Daisy Group may be stepping ever closer to being one of the most hefty comms and tech services outfits in the UK mid-market but all that is just hubris if it can't turn a profit, and seemingly it cannot. Sales slipped 2.35 per cent to £173.1m in the first half of fiscal '14 ended 30 September, but one-off costs pushed up …
Paul Kunert, 03 Dec 2013
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iiNet CEO Michael Malone resigns

Michael Malone has resigned his position as chief executive officer of Australia's third-most-subscribed-to internet service provider iiNet. Malone's story is Australia's very own technology fairy tale: he founded the company in his parents' garage in 1993 and led the company to its current position as a listed entity with over …
Simon Sharwood, 20 Mar 2014

US giant Avnet plots cost slash fest in EMEA enterprise tech arm

The EMEA wing of enterprise distie Avnet Technology Solutions is again in cost-cutting mode after a double-digit sales dive blighted a growth spurt across the pond as local PC system builders missed out on the XP refresh. Revenues for Q4 of fiscal’14 ended 28 June were $2.73bn, up 0.3 per cent on an organic basis, or 4.2 per …
Paul Kunert, 07 Aug 2014
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Docker part 4: Microsoft CAN'T ignore it. Aux armes, citoyens!

It's clear that Docker is here to stay, but we must temper our enthusiasm with pragmatism and a careful analysis of history. There are many pieces on the chessboard to consider, and each of them has a mind of its own. Docker is simultaneously a big fish (thanks to the hype around it) and a relative minnow compared to the tech …
Trevor Pott, 04 Dec 2014

Systemax goes Dutch, devours SCC Netherlands

Shape-shifting box shuffler Systemax has swallowed SCC's "sub-scale" Dutch division for an undisclosed sum. New York-listed Systemax last night confirmed the bid to the stock exchange, the most significant buy it has made in Europe - where it trades as Misco - since the acquisition of WStore some years back. "The European IT …
Paul Kunert, 02 May 2014
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Financial wizardess joins Apple board, air of coolness noticeably diminishes

The founder of investment fund BlackRock has joined the Apple board of directors, perhaps giving a tantalising clue to the fruity firm's interest in entering the financial services arena. Susan L Wagner, founding partner and director of BlackRock, has replaced Bill Campbell, who was the longest-serving member of the board and …
Jasper Hamill, 18 Jul 2014

Yahoo! keen! to! slurp! news! video! distie! site!

Yahoo! is reportedly chatting up the folks at online video service News Distribution Network for a potential acquisition worth $300m. Sources whispered to the Wall Street Journal that the Purple Palace is in talks to slurp NDN for around $300m, although the negotiations are only in the early stages so they could still fall apart …