"I think it is logical to assume you're going to have two or three and certainly not six and seven competitors in any marketplace," says AT&T CFO John Stephens.
If Softbank takes a controlling stake in Sprint, it could finally trigger a long-expected realignment of the wireless industry. Or it might just net the Japanese company a whole lot of valuable spectrum.
Warner Music Group considers selling itself even while it continues to pursue an acquisition of EMI, moves made as music sales continue to fall.
So much for business slowing down in the summer. Brocade, McAfee, and others are forking over cash in an effort to scale up.
At an event celebrating HP's merger with Compaq, CEO Carly Fiorina warns that the days of rapid growth in the tech industry are gone.
Odds and Ends: iTunes 3 Library Consolidation; QuickTime
In times of economic distress, companies with the stronger balance sheets are like sharks in the water, seeking to gain market share through acquisition or attrition.
Is open source unnecessarily reinventing too many wheels?
Databases need better protection, and the next cycle of takeovers will see some major firms acquire database-security specialists.
nCipher's acquisition of NeoScale could be basic industry consolidation, but the impact could reach further.