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Symantec to buy identity and fraud prevention firm LifeLock for $2.3bn

Security giant Symantec is to buy LifeLock, a consumer-oriented provider of identity and fraud prevention services, for $2.3bn. Greg Clark, Symantec’s CEO, said: “As we all know, consumer cyber crime… Read More »

Capita buys Trustmarque for £57m

Capita has bought software reseller and services firm Trustmarque for £57m. Liberata Group bought Trustmarque in 2014, but after less than two years, Capita has swooped in to buy the firm. The intention is to integrate Trustmarque with Capita’s own technology reseller and service integration business. Related articles Trustmarque has over 1,450 private and public sector clients, including many within ... Read More »

Five reasons why Microsoft should not have acquired LinkedIn

Acquiring LinkedIn could be a huge risk for Microsoft. Just imagine the next time you log-in to LinkedIn being asked to upgrade to Windows 10 first, or to see your whole LinkedIn feed disappear, only to realise it’s been dumped into the new LinkedIn Clutter folder? Enough of the dreaming, here’s our top five reasons why Microsoft should not have ... Read More »

AT&T seeking to outbid Verizon for Yahoo’s internet business, report

Telecoms giant ATT has put in a higher offer for Yahoo’s internet business in second-round bidding than rival Verizon, according to Reuters. Quoting “people familiar with the matter”, Reuters says that Yahoo is in the process of creating a new shortlist of bidders. Related articles On Monday, it was reported that Verizon had made a second-round offer in the region ... Read More »

Yahoo kicks off auction for 3,000 patents worth $1bn

Yahoo is looking to auction off about 3,000 patents and has hired boutique investment bank Black Stone, which specialises in patent sales, to oversee the sale. The Wall Street Journal, citing “people familiar with the matter”, said that the internet company had sent a letter to a range of potential buyers for the patents. Related articles The patents are said ... Read More »

Top 10 tech corporate buyouts of 2016

We have already seen a large number of technology firms being acquired in 2016, with some of the biggest names in the IT world snapping up innovative startups and investing vast amounts of capital and shares for larger companies. So far we have seen Apple, Oracle, IBM, Intel, and Microsoft all loosen the purse strings and shell out some hefty ... Read More »

Oracle targets cloud at the utilities market by buying Opower for $532m

Oracle is looking to bolster its utilities business by buying software-as-a-service (SaaS) firm Opower for around $532m. Opower’s cloud platform uses analytics to sift through data from devices such as energy meters in order to help utilities companies reduce their costs and better engage with their customers. Related articles Rodger Smith, senior vice president and general manager at Oracle’s utilities ... Read More »

No CES please we’re British – UK innovators explain the lack of UK-made wearables in Vegas

There is a big difference between the tech start-up cultures in the UK and the US, both in the way that small firms are funded in their early days and in their aspirations for independence. This has resulted in UK start-ups being focused more on software and infrastructure and less on the sort of personal technology exemplified by the array ... Read More »

BT’s £12.5bn acquisition of EE approved by CMA

BT has been given the green light by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) to take over mobile operator EE. The company agreed to buy EE, the UK’s largest mobile operator in February last year, in a £12.5bn deal. But BT’s rivals Sky, TalkTalk and Vodafone argued that such a combination would give BT too much financial muscle, and dominance ... Read More »

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