mergers and acquisitions

US House committee paves way for clamp-down on Big Tech "monopoly"
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Policy & legislation

US House committee paves way for clamp-down on Big Tech "monopoly"

The decision could lead to new legislation designed to break up the industry's biggest players
16 Apr 2021
Dell spins off VMware stake to create two separate companies
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mergers and acquisitions

Dell spins off VMware stake to create two separate companies

The firm hopes to use proceeds to pay down its debt while granting VMware greater operational flexibility
15 Apr 2021
Toshiba CEO resigns ahead of reported buyout
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mergers and acquisitions

Toshiba CEO resigns ahead of reported buyout

The former CEO had been an employee of the company looking to take over Toshiba which has worried investors
14 Apr 2021
O2 and Virgin merger “unlikely” to harm competition, CMA rules
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mergers and acquisitions

O2 and Virgin merger “unlikely” to harm competition, CMA rules

The UK's competiton watchdog has provisionally cleared the £31 billion merger
14 Apr 2021
Microsoft buys AI firm Nuance Communications for $19.7 billion
Voice recognition software
voice recognition

Microsoft buys AI firm Nuance Communications for $19.7 billion

The tech giant's biggest acquisition since buying LinkedIn is aimed at accelerating the growth of Microsoft Cloud for Healthcare
12 Apr 2021
Toshiba receives £14.5 billion takeover bid
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mergers and acquisitions

Toshiba receives £14.5 billion takeover bid

The offer comes from CVC Capital Partners, which has an office in London and its official headquarters in Luxembourg
7 Apr 2021
IT Pro News in Review: Microsoft to buy Discord, Intel plays catch-up and the end of LG smartphones
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Business strategy

IT Pro News in Review: Microsoft to buy Discord, Intel plays catch-up and the end of LG smartphones

Catch up on the top stories of the week in just two minutes
26 Mar 2021
UK watchdog says Facebook's Giphy acquisition may stifle competition
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mergers and acquisitions

UK watchdog says Facebook's Giphy acquisition may stifle competition

The CMA says the deal may limit market access to a popular service
26 Mar 2021
Box 'exploring sale' amid investor pressure
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mergers and acquisitions

Box 'exploring sale' amid investor pressure

The file-sharing service has come under pressure for not capitalising on the pandemic
23 Mar 2021
Microsoft in talks to buy Discord for $10 billion
The mobile app for communication platform Discord
mergers and acquisitions

Microsoft in talks to buy Discord for $10 billion

The communications platform is reportedly already in talks with a buyer, thought to be the tech giant
23 Mar 2021
Tech Data and Synnex agree to $7.2 billion merger
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mergers and acquisitions

Tech Data and Synnex agree to $7.2 billion merger

Following the merger, Apollo Funds will receive 44 million shares of Synnex common stock
22 Mar 2021
Microsoft acquires rapid prototyping firm The Marsden Group
Microsoft Marsden Group acquisition
mergers and acquisitions

Microsoft acquires rapid prototyping firm The Marsden Group

The tech giant says the deal will enable it to create new customer value through experimentation and deep industry solutions
17 Mar 2021
PayPal acquires cryptocurrency security startup Curv
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Acquisition

PayPal acquires cryptocurrency security startup Curv

The Tel Aviv-based firm will join PayPal's new business unit focused on blockchain and digital currencies
9 Mar 2021
Panasonic to acquire Blue Yonder for $6.5 billion
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mergers and acquisitions

Panasonic to acquire Blue Yonder for $6.5 billion

This will be the organisation’s biggest acquisition since 2011
9 Mar 2021
McAfee to sell enterprise business to STG for £2.8 billion
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mergers and acquisitions

McAfee to sell enterprise business to STG for £2.8 billion

The enterprise business will be rebranded, with McAfee focusing on personal security
9 Mar 2021
Xero to acquire Planday for £159 million
Acquisition

Xero to acquire Planday for £159 million

The acquisition is Xero's largest purchase yet
4 Mar 2021
IT security awareness and training firm KnowBe4 acquires MediaPRO
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Acquisition

IT security awareness and training firm KnowBe4 acquires MediaPRO

Both companies specialize in security and privacy awareness and training
3 Mar 2021
Red Hat closes purchase of multi-cloud container security firm StackRox
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Acquisition

Red Hat closes purchase of multi-cloud container security firm StackRox

Linux firm bolsters security capabilities missing from its OpenShift Kubernetes platform
23 Feb 2021
IBM reportedly mulls sale of Watson Health business
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mergers and acquisitions

IBM reportedly mulls sale of Watson Health business

The company is thought to be exploring a range of options from a sale to a merger with a 'blank-check' firm
22 Feb 2021
Google Cloud partners with Databricks for enterprise analytics
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mergers and acquisitions

Google Cloud partners with Databricks for enterprise analytics

The deal means Databricks can be deployed in fully containerised cloud environments for the first time
17 Feb 2021
OnePlus co-founder's Nothing startup buys Essential smartphone brand
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mergers and acquisitions

OnePlus co-founder's Nothing startup buys Essential smartphone brand

Carl Pei's mysterious UK startup has reportedly acquired the failed phone brand from Andy Rubin
16 Feb 2021
Darktrace IPO dealt blow after UBS pulls out over Mike Lynch ties
Former CEO of Autonomy and Darktrace investor Mike Lynch
mergers and acquisitions

Darktrace IPO dealt blow after UBS pulls out over Mike Lynch ties

The UK businessman is embroiled in an ongoing fraud case over his role in HP's takeover of Autonomy in 2011
15 Feb 2021
Microsoft's interest in Pinterest falls flat
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mergers and acquisitions

Microsoft's interest in Pinterest falls flat

The tech giant is thought to be in the market for 'active online communities' to add to its cloud portfolio
11 Feb 2021