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Categories: Mergers And Acquisitions

VMware’s ‘West Coast Offense’

Posted by: Aaron Ricadela on January 12

VMware’s purchase of Yahoo’s Zimbra e-mail software shows how VMware, under a management team led by former Microsoft executives, continues to diversify in the face of competition from their former…

Tech M&A Hits 20-Month High

Posted by: Spencer Ante on October 15

Recently, I wrote a story about the return of risk-taking to the U.S. technology sector. The story included M&A data that was current through Sep. 23. Well, I just got…

Apres Mint, Intuit Must Freshen its Brands

Posted by: Aaron Ricadela on September 16

Now that it’s bought to spruce up its personal finance software, Intuit needs to protect a place in the market for its aging Quicken brand. It’s got to do…

VMware Acquires SpringSource to get Stickier

Posted by: Aaron Ricadela on August 10

VMware took a big step today toward making its software less replaceable in corporate data centers. The company, which makes virtualization software that lets businesses run servers more efficiently, spent…

Everyone Says NetApp Will Be Acquired—Except Its CEO

Posted by: Peter Burrows on May 20

“I know the bankers want a big transaction, but I just dont see it. The theories are intellectually stimulating, and people have fun with the game. But this isn’t Monopoly. It’s the real world.”

Oracle Buys Sun: Who Are the Winners And Losers

Posted by: Peter Burrows on April 21

Get past the happy merger talk, and what we have here is a company that’s famous for ruthlessly maximizing profits, buying one that is famous for ruthlessly minimizing them by refusing to make the huge cuts Wall Street has begged for over the years.

Note to Sun’s Board: Don’t Be The Next Yahoo

Posted by: Peter Burrows on April 05

If any board should have known not to follow in Yahoo’s footsteps, it should have been Sun’s. The two companies have too much in common, including a weak negotiating position.


BusinessWeek writers Peter Burrows, Cliff Edwards, Olga Kharif, Aaron Ricadela, Douglas MacMillan, and Spencer Ante dig behind the headlines to analyze what’s really happening throughout the world of technology. One of the first mainstream media tech blogs, Tech Beat covers everything from tech bellwethers like Apple, Google, and Intel and emerging new leaders such as Facebook to new technologies, trends, and controversies.



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