In a bit of a Thanksgiving appetizer, many companies were beefing up their structures by--as one of my colleagues put it--gobbling up other companies.
The biggest deal was announced by Hewlett-Packard, which, maker of network switching and routing products. The deal is valued at $2.7 billion, or $7.90 per share. HP says the purchase is intended to boost its networking business, particularly in China, where most of 3Com's business is focused.
The 3Com deal is the most recent in a string of enterprise-related acquisitions HP has made in the past year, including most recently file serving software maker Ibrix. HP wants to be a leader in providing customers with an integrated stack of computing technology ranging from servers and storage at the foundation all the way up to services.
Electronic Arts makes some serious waves in the social gaming by acquiring Playfish for $275 million in cash and $25 million in equity.
Mobile advertising is AdMob's specialty, and the deal gives Google a technology inroad into a fast-growing segment of online advertising.
Acquisition puts the maker of Webcams and other peripherals into the video-conferencing market.
AMD drops its litigation while Intel agrees to "abide by" a long list of prohibitions. And renewed patent cross-license agreement frees AMD to spin off chip manufacturing.
It now makes up 4 percent of Web-accessing computers, a mark that took Windows Vista nearly seven months to reach.
Players who were caught modifying their consoles to play pirated games have been booted from the popular service.
A Unix co-creator is among those behind a language Google hopes will speed computers and programming. Today, Go becomes open-source software.
Company is worth significantly less than $1 billion, one company surmises. That's in part because the effectiveness of its possible business plan is still up in the air.
Following comments from a U.K. Microsoft executive that Windows 7 was designed to create "a Mac Look," a company blog post distances itself from his words.
The No. 2 phone company, known for its reluctance to intervene in antipiracy cases, has struck an agreement to forward copyright notices on behalf of the music industry.
Adobe Flash Player allows arbitrary content to access applications without permission, says researcher at Foreground Security.
With more renewable energy projects trying to come online, the country grapples with the balance between local land use and a national push for clean energy.
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