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David DeWalt: FireEye Looks to Increase Speed of Innovation, Solution Delivery with $1B Purchase of Computer Forensics Firm Mandiant

FireEye Inc. (NASDAQ: FEYE) has purchased computer forensics provider Mandiant Corp. for $1.05 billion in cash and stock, Reuters reported Thursday. Jim Finkle writes the acquisition will serve to combine both companies’ cybersecurity technologies and founder Kevin Mandiant and Mandiant’s forensics personnel  will join FireEye. “Organizations today are faced with …

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Corry Hong: UNICOM Buys IBM Public Sector App Development Tools

UNICOM Global has acquired a portfolio of IBM (NYSE: IBM) products that are designed to help developers create  multi-platform business applications. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed and the transaction covers IBM’s Cognos Axiant and PowerHouse app development tools used in the healthcare, educational and government sectors, UNICOM Global …

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Textron to Buy Beechcraft Corp. for $1.4B Cash; Scott Donnelly Comments

Textron (NYSE: TXT) has struck a deal to acquire all outstanding shares of the parent company of business and military aircraft manufacturer Beechcraft Corp. for $1.4 billion cash. Textron expects the Beech Holdings LLC purchase to close in the first half of 2014, pending regulatory approvals, and will will finance …

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Seagate to Buy Xyratex, Operate Enterprise Data Storage & Computing Tech as Standalone Entitity; Dave Mosley Comments

Seagate has agreed to a deal to acquire Xyratex in an effort to strengthen the supply and manufacturing chain for the hard disk drives it produces, the two companies said in a joint release Monday. Xyratex creates testing systems for hard disk drives (HDD), and Dave Mosley, president of operations …

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Kelly Ortberg: ARINC Deal to Expand Rockwell Collins’ Opportunities in Airport Info Systems, Transportation, Security

Rockwell Collins (NYSE: COL) has finalized a move to beef up its portfolio of information management solutions as it completed its acquisition of ARINC for $1.4 billion. Cedar Rapids, Ia.-based Rockwell Collins announced the closure Monday, several months after Reuters reported Carlyle Group was preparing the sale of Annapolis, Md.-based …

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Report: Booz & Co. Partners Approve Merger with PwC, to Be One of Largest Accounting M&A Deals of Past Decade; Cesare Mainardi Comments

Partners at Booz & Company have “overwhelmingly” approved the company’s merger with PwC in what the Wall Street Journal reports will be one of the largest M&A deals closed by an accounting firm in the past decade. Booz & Co. said the companies anticipate finalizing the deal in the first …

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Engility Strikes Cash Deal to Buy Dynamics Research Corp.; Tony Smeraglinolo Comments

Engility Holdings Inc. (NYSE: EGL) has agreed to acquire consulting firm Dynamics Research Corp. (NASDAQ: DRCO) in an effort to gain new customers and contracts, grow scale and diversify its service offerings. Both companies’ board of directors have signed off on the deal for Engility to buy all of DRC’s …

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LGS Innovations Sold to U.S. Investment Firms for $200M; Kevin Kelly Comments

Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU) has sold the company’s government technology subsidiary LGS Innovations to two U.S. investment firms for around $200 million in a move that will enable LGS to chase market and customer opportunities that it may not have been able to previously go after under Alcatel, LGS CEO Kevin …

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CalAmp Buys Mobile Resource Provider RSI; Michael Burdiek Comments

CalAmp (NASDAQ: CAMP) has bought mobile resource management provider Radio Satellite Integrators for $6.5 million as part of efforts to grow in the state and local public safety market. The acquisition is intended to raise CalAmp’s total profits and non-generally accepted accounting principles earnings per share in its 2014 fiscal …

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KPMG Inks Deal for Data Mgmt Tech Firm Link Analytics; Lynne Doughtie Comments

KPMG has agreed to buy analytics technology provider Link Analytics LLC for an undisclosed amount in a move aimed at growing KPMG’s big data management portfolio. The acquisition is intended to combine KPMG and Link Analytics’ offerings for clients to gain insights from volumes of enterprise data and make business …

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