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Dell has announced it has completed the acquisition of Quest Software, an award-winning IT management software provider. Quest offers a broad selection of software solutions that simplify and solve the most common and challenging IT problems for organizations around the globe.

“The close of the Quest acquisition is a tremendous milestone in Dell’s journey to strengthen our end-to-end IT capabilities, empowering our customers to unlock greater value in their Dell technology investments, as well as their overall IT environments,” said John Swainson, president, Dell Software.

“We are addressing key needs for our customers, helping them leverage the cloud, support ‘bring-your-own-device’ in their enterprise, and deploy mobile applications and virtualization to drive improved business results. The addition of Quest Software into Dell’s software portfolio will extend our industry-leading suite of solutions to a broader range of customers and partners, while simplifying operations, maximizing workforce productivity and delivering faster results.”

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Quest supports heterogeneous and next-generation virtualized and cloud environments with a wide range of solutions that are highly complementary to Dell’s scalable mid-market design approach. Quest provides critical components to expand and enhance Dell Software capabilities in four strategic areas: systems management, security, business intelligence and applications.

  • Systems Management – Quest’s Performance Monitoring Solutions, combined with existing market-leading capabilities from Dell Boomi, Dell AppAssure and Dell KACE, provide continuous monitoring and management solutions.
  • Security – Quest One Identity Solutions pair with Dell SonicWALL and Dell SecureWorks to offer comprehensive edge-to-core security solutions.
  • Business Intelligence – Quest’s vRanger and NetVault Backup product lines complement Dell AppAssure to simplify data protection by delivering backup and recovery solutions across physical, virtual, application and cloud environments.
  • Applications – Quest helps customers manage their mission critical Microsoft Exchange, Active Directory and SharePoint environments, and Quest’s vFoglight product provides application performance management capabilities for a wide range of business critical applications. Together with Dell’s Wyse desktop virtualization products, and Dell’s SonicWALL next-generation firewalls, Quest can provide Client Systems management products to deliver, secure and manage end user environments.

“Growth opportunities for the market’s leading strategic IT vendors continue to evolve and expand, and with the addition of Quest, Dell significantly extends and enhances its software capabilities and is in a unique position to offer complete end-to-end IT solutions to customers,” says Matt Eastwood, Group Vice President and General Manager, IDC.

“As mid-to-large enterprise customers seek powerful yet simple-to-use business solutions in key areas like systems management, data protection and business intelligence, Dell should be a strong consideration for its industry-leading offerings across software, systems and services.”

Quest worldwide brings more than 100,000 customers, 5,000 channel partners, 1,500 software sales and marketing experts, and 1,300 software developers to the Dell Software Group, and is the foundation of a $1 billion-plus annual revenue software business.

“As a long-time strategic partner of both Dell and Quest, Insight looks forward to driving continued, significant business through the Dell PartnerDirect channel program that supports our delivery of innovative solutions and expert services,” says Kenneth Lamneck, president and CEO of Insight Enterprises, Inc.

“Together, Dell Software and Quest offer a powerful combination of systems management, security, business intelligence and application software that aligns with Insight’s value proposition as a single source for our customers’ diverse IT needs.”

Based on expected purchase accounting treatment related to the acquisition of Quest, Dell estimates a 2 to 3 cent dilutive impact to non-GAAP earnings per share in fiscal 2013 and 4 to 5 cents in fiscal 2014. The company expects Quest will be accretive to non-GAAP earnings in the first quarter of fiscal 2015.

Stockholders of Quest Software approved the acquisition of Quest by Dell at a stockholders’ meeting convened on Sept. 25, 2012.

 

Source: Dell

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Google has bought VirusTotal, a web-based security tool developer, to fortify the defenses of its Chrome web browser.

The search giant said it will uphold the maintenance of VirusTotal’s online malware scanning tool and keep its team operations a separate entity.

VirusTotal is an online security service that allows users to scan files and websites for potential malware infections through its web-based scanning tool.

The company said the Google deal will give pull in more resources and allow developers to keep building on the service, but remained mum on how deeply integrated its service will be with Google products.

“VirusTotal will continue to operate independently, maintaining our partnerships with other antivirus companies and security experts. This is an exciting step forward,” said VirusTotal.

“Google has a long track record working to keep people safe online and we look forward to fighting the good fight together with them.”

The VirusTotal buyout strengthens Google’s portfolio of web-based apps and services as part of a lineup reorganization and spring-cleaning of seldom used products.

Earlier this summer, Google added productivity suite provider QuickOffice to its recent acquisitions.

Terms of the VirusTotal deal remain unclear.

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Source: VirusTotal Blog

 

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Facebook, the world’s largest social networking company, has completed its acquisition of photo-sharing service Instagram.

Facebook revealed its plans to acquire Instagram in April this year, and now it announces the US$1 billion buyout is complete after the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) authorized the deal two weeks earlier.

The company reassured it will keep Instagram completely separate from its business operations.

“As we said from the beginning, we are committed to building and growing Instagram independently,” says Facebook in a blog post.

“Instagram will continue to serve its community, and we will help Instagram continue to grow by using Facebook’s strong engineering team and infrastructure. We also can’t wait to work with the talented Instagram team to improve the mobile experience.”

Instagram similarly praises the deal in its own blog, and reveals it has reached the five billion mark in shared photos.

“This is an exciting time for us – the community continues to grow and over 5 billion photos have now been shared through Instagram,” says Instagram in its post.

“What makes this more exciting is that our deal with Facebook has closed, which means we can now work together to evolve and build a better Instagram for everyone.

“While our team is making the short move to the Facebook offices, Instagram isn’t going anywhere. The Instagram app and its features will stay the same one you know and love, and we’ll keep working together to build a better Instagram for everyone.”

Moreover, Instagram founder Kevin Systrom confirmed Facebook has officially acquired his photo-sharing service.

“We’re officially joining the Facebook family,” Systrom wrote in a post on Instagram.

“I’m psyched for the next chapter of this long journey.”

Systrom, who launched Instagram in 2010, admitted the service had yet to devise a workable business scheme, but accepted Facebook’s offer of a staggering US$1 billion.

After the announcement, Facebook started its initial public offering (IPO) in May, when the market saw its shares priced at $38 each.

Thereafter, Facebook shares spiraled downwards and now sell just under $19 apiece as of Thursday trading.

According to the WSJ, the sudden decline in the deal’s value came after Facebook’s stock decline when the social network was subjected to an alleged fairness hearing by the Department of Corporations in California last week.

On that proceeding, Systrom said he was unaffected by the drop in overall value of the deal.

“We still believe firmly in the long-term value of Facebook.”

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Systrom, who called last week’s discussions “a casual conversation” between young executives, both led the the deal’s completion.

“I want to personally thank everyone in the Instagram community for the last two years of inspiration,” Systrom wrote in his post Thursday.

“Here’s to the next two as well!”

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Source: Facebook | Instagram | WSJ

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HootSuite, makers of the social media management system, has announced its acquisition of one-time rival Seesmic.

“We’ve always been big fans of Ryan Holmes and the HootSuite team, since the days we were all pioneering the Social Media landscape,” says Loic Le Meur, CEO of Seesmic and organizer of popular blogging conference LeWeb.

“We’re thrilled today to announce that Seesmic is joining HootSuite, and we’re excited for our users: they are becoming part of the HootSuite family, and they will be able to continue to build their brand and social business.”

Le Meur founded Seesmic in 2008 to launch an app that will help small business and enterprise customers build their brands using social media.

Thereafter Seesmic has built a loyal following and played an important role in the evolution of social media tools for business.

“I have always had a lot of respect for Seesmic’s CEO, Loic Le Meur, and the role Seesmic has played in advancing social business,” says Ryan Holmes, CEO of HootSuite.

“We are thrilled to welcome Seesmic’s users into the HootSuite family.”

Meanwhile, HootSuite, a leader in social media management systems, takes social business tools to the next level, allowing individuals and teams to analyze campaigns across multiple social networks from one secure, web-based dashboard.

HootSuite’s Free, Pro, and Enterprise clients, who send over 1.5 million messages through the dashboard each day, make up close to 5 million global users spanning six continents.

The company’s notable clients include 79 of the Fortune 100 companies – McDonalds, PepsiCo, Virgin, FOX, and Sony Music to name a few.

HootSuite has a set of features tailored to small business and large enterprises, making up for a very robust offering:

  • Major Social Media Integration Networks: Users can engage on multiple networks including Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+ Pages, Foursquare, YouTube, Instagram, Tumblr, Evernote, Hubspot, Zendesk, and more.
  • Team Collaboration: HootSuite Teams provide large-scale team management and the granular level of control suited to smaller teams. It is designed to match any organizational setup, and can be scaled, empowering teams to engage effectively while maintaining control.
  • Other Advanced Features: Users get access to unique functionality including Message Scheduling, Geo Targeting, Bulk Messaging, Real-Time Search, Quick & Custom Reporting, 50+ Drag-and-Drop Modules, Automated Sharing, Limited Permissions, and Secure Profiles.

HootSuite also invites Seesmic’s business users to get HootSuite Pro, which starts at $9.99/month thereafter but is available on a free 30-day trial.

Features include the ability to add an unlimited number of social networking profiles, access to bulk scheduling capabilities, ability to collaborate with up to 10 team members, monitor social analytic reports, and more.

HootSuite Free is available for users interested in exploring the dashboard prior to upgrading to a pro account.

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Source: HootSuite | HootSuite Blog

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Microsoft has finally closed its deal with the acquisition of enterprise social networking firm Yammer today, less than a month after both companies met an agreement.

Yammer will now be joining software development leader Microsoft in its Office Division, following the software firm’s acquisition of the enterprise network worth $1.2 billion USD in cash. Announced last month, current Microsoft Chief Executive Officer David Sack himself led the negotiation.

Jared Spataro, senior director of Microsoft’s Office division, posted in a blog how thrilled they are to welcome an additional workforce that would help contribute in the realization of their goals.

“We couldn’t be more pleased to welcome the Yammer team to the Microsoft Office Division. We’re excited about the road ahead.”

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Image: Enterprise 2.0 Conference via Flickr (CC)

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Zynga has expanded with the acquisition of four smaller mobile games companies, the social gaming giant told Reuters on Wednesday.

The move is in line with a push by Zynga to bolster its lineup of mobile games as the smartphone and tablet industry continues to boom, the news organization says.

The news comes from David Ko, chief of Zynga mobile division, Reuters says, who told the news organization that it has acquired Gamedoctors in December.

The other companies Zynga bought are Page44 Studios, HipLogic and Astro Ape Studios, Reuters says.

Zynga has acquired Gamedoctors, Page44, HipLogic, and Astro Ape.

Gamedoctors is the maker of ZombieSmash and is based in Hanover, Germany.

Page44 developed the iOS version of the popular PC game “World of Goo” and is based in San Francisco. It was acquired by Zynga in September.

HipLogic and Astro Ape were both acquired by Zynga in August, the report said.

Currently, Zynga is the biggest games maker for Facebook with four out of the five most used games in Facebook under its belt.

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Amazon has acquired Yap, a provider of solution for voice recognition on mobile offerings. Image: YapInc.com

Amazon has reportedly acquired Yap, an automated voice recognition services provider for mobile applications, reports note.

The acquisition was first dug up by Charlotte blog CLT which tacked down a Securities and Exchange Commission filing which alerted it to the acquisition.

Nonetheless, Amazon seemingly wants its acquisition of the Charlotte, N.C.-based Yap to be as quiet as possible. CLT just managed to piece together the story.

According to the SEC filing uncovered by the site, a certain Yarmuth Dion Inc acquired Yap on September 8.

What’s telling is that the company which acquired Yap has the same mailing address as Amazon’s Seattle headquarters, CLT says.

Furthermore, All Things Digital says that it has independently confirmed that Amazon has indeed acquired Yap.

The publication says that Yap may be used by the e-commerce giant to rival Apple’s Siri.

The technologies (not to mention the intellectual property) Yap has will likely be used for voice recognition systems on future Amazon devices.

With the Kindle Fire soon to be released, Amazon is looking more and more serious in its push in the mobile space with its acquisition of Yap.


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Swype, the company responsible for the now-popular touchscreen typing technology, has been bought by Nuance Communications in a $102.5 million deal, various reports reveal.

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Swype has been acquired by Nuance Communications for $102.5 million. Image: hahatango / Flickr (CC)

According to a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Nuance paid $77.5 million after the deal was finalized and will split the remaining $25 million to complete the purchase of Swype in payments to be made within the next 18 months.

Swype was cofounded by Randy Marsden who developed the on-screen keyboard for more than 1 billion Microsoft Windows copies and Cliff Kushler who co-invented the popular T9 predictive text input technology.

Swype’s eponymous Swype technology lets touchscreen device users to slide their fingers from one character on an onscreen keyboard to the next without lifting it to type in a message.

Swype technology is currently on over 50 million devices made by manufacturers licensing the technology.

Nuance makes speech and imaging software. One of its most popular products is the Dragon speech-recognition software.

According to Nuance, Swype will operate as a wholly-owned subsidiary.

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NetLogic Microsystems will be bought by Broadcom in an all-cash deal worth about $3.7 billion, a report from The Associated Press says.

Broadcom will acquire NetLogic in for about $3.7 in cash in a deal expected to be finalized during the first half of 2012. Image: ieee-icc.org

According to the report, Broadcom has revealed that it has agreed to a deal which will see it paying a 57 percent premium over NetLogic share price on Friday for the acquisition.

The AP says that Broadcom is buying NetLogic to “extend its product line with a number of new processors.”

The all-cash deal will involve Broadcom paying $50 per share of NetLogic. The AP reports that NetLogic’s share price closed at $31.91 in the weekend.

As a result of the announcement of the tender offer from Broadcom, “Netlogic shares climbed 51 percent to $48.04 in premarket trading Monday,” the AP says.

The Broadcom-NetLogic deal is reported to have already been approved by both Boards of Directors of each of the companies and will only need regulatory approval to be finalized which may be done so during the first half of 2012.

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Hitachi announced on Wednesday that it has successfully acquired U.S.-based scalable, high performance network storage firm BlueArc.

Hitachi has acquired networked attached storage manufacturer BlueArc. Image: Bernat / Flickr (CC)

According to Hitachi, it has bought “all outstanding shares of BlueArc in an all cash transaction” without disclosing an exact amount for the purchase.

However, the Asahi newspaper of Japan has reported that the deal may be worth $500 up to $600 million.

Hitachi and BlueArc have been OEM partners for the last five years.

“Over the past 5 years, BlueArc has been an integral part of our strategy to help customers store and manage unstructured data of all types, such as video, email, medical imaging, scientific data and more,” Hitachi Data System CEO Jack Domme said in a press statement posted by Hitachi.

“Bringing BlueArc into the Hitachi family will enable us to better serve customers with more tightly integrated technologies, broader capabilities and deeper expertise globally. Our combined efforts will deliver cost-effective infrastructure cloud and content cloud solutions that customers can take advantage of as they look to further transform their data centers,” he added.

According to industry observers, the purchase by Hitachi of BlueArc is timed with the strength of the Japanese Yen making purchases outside of the country less expensive for companies.

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Baidu is looking for companies to acquire in the mobile and cloud computing niche, a report from Reuters last Friday said.

Chinese internet giant Baidu is looking for companies to acquire in the mobile and cloud computing industry. Image: bfishadow / Flickr (CC)

According to the report, the information that the top Chinese search engine is looking for companies to acquire came from the Baidu’s Chief Financial Officer Jennifer Li.

“We constantly assess our business needs and are on the lookout in the industry space for what will be a good fit for us,” Reuters quotes Li in an interview.

Furthermore, Li said that “The Internet is becoming increasingly influential and everyone recognizes that and I think we have the same goal, which is to make the industry healthy.”

This was a reaction to increasing scrutiny particularly from Chinese broadcaster CCTV which slammed Baidu for the ease of registering and promoting a fake website with Baidu, Reuters says.

Baidu is the dominant search engine in China with about 80 percent market share in the Chinese market.

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Taiwan’s HTC Corporation revealed on Friday that it has acquired Seattle-based cloud services company Dashwire Incorporated, several news reports reveal.

he&lei / Flickr (CC BY-NC-SA)The Agence France-Presse says that the deal will be valued “up to $18.5 million”.

According to analysts, the Dashwire acquisition will strengthen HTC’s position in cloud computing, a field the smartphone and tablet maker currently has limited expertise in.

Some analysts, say, however, that the Dashwire buy may just have been done by HTC for patents that the Seattle company owns.

“Cloud services are key to delivering the promise of connected services to our customers,” HTC President of Engineering and Operations Fred Liu said in a statement.

“People want access to all of their important content wherever they are on any device. The addition of Dashwire’s cutting-edge sync services and deep mobile cloud experience strengthens our ability to deliver these services in a more powerful way,” the executive said.

HTC competitors like Apple, which it also has an ongoing patent war with, are heavily invested in cloud technology.

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After the wake of a report which said that Apple is in talks to buy troubled bookstore company Barnes & Noble, a Wall Street analyst is saying that a deal like that does not make sense.

phototakeouterBX / Flickr (CC BY-NC-ND)In a note sent out to clients on Thursday, Gleacher & Company’s Brian Marshall said that Barnes & Noble is unlikely to be bought by Apple soon.

The opinion comes after Boy Genius Report reported on Thursday that an “unproven source” has told them that he has “knowledge of discussions within Apple to possibly purchase Barnes & Noble.”

BGR further says that it would make sense for Apple to acquire Barnes & Noble to take its portfolio of digital books it can fold into its digital stores.

Barnes & Noble is currently up for sale and it is expected the company will be sold for about $1 billion to $1.5 billion. No one has signified interest in it yet, however.

Marshall says that Barnes & Noble has an “impressive” store chain footprint but it would be a substantial investment for Apple to buy the bookstore chain even if it is expanding its physical store presence.

“We would much prefer to see AAPL (Apple) use cash for strategic purposes and balance sheet optimization (e.g., acquisition of content rights, dividend initiation, share repurchases, etc.),” he said.

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