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Monday, March 24, 2014

Skype Buys Group Messaging Company GroupMe

The Luxembourg-based Internet telephony company Skype announced it has purchased GroupMe, the Flatiron, N.Y., company behind the popular group messaging service of the same name. In a press release, Skype CEO Tony Bates said the two companies have shown a “shared vision of creating applications and experiences that are the daily  communications choice for a billion people, and GroupMe co founder Jared Hecht referred to “a natural affinity between Skype and GroupMe,” but precise terms of the deal were not disclosed.

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SAP To Give 3D Treatment To Its Enterprise Software

German enterprise software company SAP has acquired  the San Ramon, Calif.-, and New Zealand-based Right Hemisphere for an undisclosed sum. Right Hemisphere specializes in 3D visualization technology for a variety of industries. SAP will use what Right Hemisphere calls its “visual enterprise” solutions to enhance SAP’s own software, including its business intelligence products. “By bringing 3D to the enterprise and enriching it with business data, we’re setting a new standard in helping companies achieve more efficiency, accuracy, and flexibility across the value chain,” said Peter Maier, a general manager for SAP.

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HP Rolls Out Numerous Security Products

In the past year, HP has spent roughly $14 billion in acquisitions. Now HP has leveraged some of those buyouts into tangible digital security products for businesses. HP ArcSight Express 3.0, for one, is a major release focused on mining user logs and user activity data to pinpoint potential “cyberthreats.” Other new products include HP Fortify Software Security Center, which provides comprehensive software monitoring, and HP Reputation Security Monitor, which protects Web applications. “HP’s extended security portfolio provides the protection that enterprises require,” says Jan Zadak, HP executive VP for global sales and enterprise marketing, “while providing customers, employees, partners, and consumers with instant access to the right enterprise assets without compromising risk.”

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EION Wireless Acquires Aviat Networks’ WiMAX Business

Aviat Networks, with headquarters in Santa Clara, Calif., and Singapore, has sold its WiMAX operations to the Ottawa-based EION Wireless. Details of the buyout were not disclosed, but Aviat CEO Michael Pangia said in a press release that the sale will let Aviat concentrate on its non-WiMAX microwave products for businesses and government agencies. EION will keep Aviat’s WiMAX business as a separate division and will use the new assets to bolster its WiMAX-based 4G mobile broadband portfolio.

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IBM Acquisitions Target Business Analytics

IBM recently acquired two companies that will help extend its business analytics offerings in distinctly different ways. The UK-based i2, which has U.S. headquarters in McLean, Va., develops intelligence and “investigation management” software for law enforcement professionals and the military. IBM purchased i2 to expand its public service solutions as part of its Smarter Cities initiative. Algorithmics, a Canadian company devoted to financial risk management, will bolster IBM’s financial analytics capabilities.

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Broadcom To Buy NetLogic In $3.7 Billion Deal

The Irvine, Calif.,-based Broadcom, known primarily for its set top box processors, announced its intention to pay approximately $3.7 billion in a cash deal to acquire the Santa Clara, Calif.,-based NetLogic Microsystems. “With NetLogic Microsystems, Broadcom is acquiring a leading multicore embedded processor solution, market leading knowledge-based processors, and unique digital front-end technology for wireless base stations that are key enablers for the next generation infrastructure build-out,” said Scott McGregor, Broadcom president and CEO, in a statement.

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Monday, July 15, 2013


➤ Microsoft has extended support for Windows Server to Jan. 15, 2015. At that time, the product will move from Mainstream Support to Extended Support. Support was originally scheduled to transition on July 9, 2013. Microsoft has also reminded customers that it will no longer support Windows XP after April 8, 2014. According to the company’s “Support Lifecycle Quarterly Lifeline” newsletter, Microsoft says of WinXP that “migration efforts should be well under way” and recommends “that customers running computers with Windows XP take action and update or upgrade their PCs before the end-of-support date.”

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