Cisco agrees to buy BroadWare; CA completes court deal

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Cisco agrees to buy BroadWare for video security, 05/22/07:  Cisco announced an agreement to buy software maker BroadWare Technologies in a bid to improve its video surveillance product offerings, the company said.

CA completes court deal, all remaining charges dropped, 05/21/07:  CA is getting closer to ending the accounting fraud scandal that has plagued the company for the past four years.

Supreme Court ends Baby Bell antitrust suit, 05/22/07:  The U.S. Supreme Court Monday said that similar business practices by local telephone companies did not constitute monopolistic activity, ending an antitrust lawsuit.

Do Google and Salesforce fear becoming rivals?, 05/21/07:  Reports that Google and Salesforce.com are discussing partnership options should come as no surprise, considering the companies have collaborated in the past and firmly believe in the market for hosted business applications.

AQuantive deal no silver bullet for Microsoft, 05/18/07:  Microsoft's planned acquisition of digital advertising and marketing services agency aQuantive will give the company the tools it needs to dig its heels in as a competitor in the rapidly evolving digital advertising market.

Microsoft to buy aQuantive for $6 billion, 05/18/07:  Microsoft plans to acquire aQuantive, a digital marketing services agency, for around $6 billion in order to grow its Internet advertising business, it was announced Friday.

Mobile provider Alltel agrees to $27.5 billion buyout, 05/21/07:  Mobile phone and wireless services provider Alltel Sunday agreed to a $27.5 billion buyout, a deal likely to spur more such acquisitions in North America.

Siemens names Peter Löscher new CEO, 05/20/07:  Siemens Sunday named Merck & Co.'s Peter Löscher as its new president and CEO in an effort to break with recent scandals that have plagued the company.

New York says Dell defrauded PC buyers, 05/16/07:  The New York attorney general has filed a lawsuit charging that Dell used fraud and false advertising to increase profits on PC sales.

IBM union calls work stoppage to protest layoffs, 05/14/07:  An IBM labor union is calling for a 15-minute work stoppage to protest job cuts at the company.

Former Oracle VP pays $198,000 in stock trading charge, 05/14/07:  A former vice president of Oracle Monday agreed to settle federal charges and pay $198,000 for allegedly making stock market profits by using insider information he learned from his wife.

Intel settles copyright fight with Chinese company, 05/15/07:  Intel settled a three-year legal battle with a Chinese company that it had sued for $7.96 million, the companies said Tuesday.

Podcast: Dell customer service takes another hit, 05/18/07:  Jason and Keith talk about about a new lawsuit against dell brought by the state of New York, more reports of lost personal data, 10 things we hate about meetings and Interop 2007.

Cisco: The end of a religion?: Dave Barry, vice president at AlterPoint, in his blog, likens Cisco to a religion whose popularity is waning.

Cisco vs. Microsoft: The network is the battleground: The Cisco vs. Microsoft debate is being discussed again, this time at BusinessWeek, which has a story saying that although the two vendors work together to ensure their products interoperate - for their customers' sakes - they are headed for a clash as they shift to networked computing.

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