Synopsys to Acquire Security Software Firm Black Duck

Synopsys, the software integrity vendor, has announced it is acquiring Black Duck Software, a security software firm. The deal is expected to close next month.

Black Duck Software develops a software composition analysis platform that is used for organisations to understand and secure their open-source software development projects. It facilitates open source license compliance whilst minimising security vulnerabilities and operational risk.

“Our vision is to deliver a comprehensive platform that unifies best-in-class software security and quality solutions,” said Andreas Kuehlmann, senior vice president and general manager of the Synopsys Software Integrity Group.

“Development processes continue to evolve and accelerate, and the addition of Black Duck will strengthen our ability to push security and quality testing throughout the software development lifecycle, reducing risk for our customers.”

VMware to Acquire WAN Startup VeloCloud

VMware has announced it is acquiring VeloCloud, a startup specialising in cloud-based wide area networks (WAN).

VeloCloud’s focus is software-defined WANs, which it operates from a cloud-based “Orchestrator” that takes most of the load off on-premises WAN networking hardware and lets users define the WANs they want. The company ensures traffic flows reliably by maintaining gateways inside big cloud bit barns.

“In the digital era, a new networking approach is required to solve the hyper distribution of applications and data, as we move from a model of data centers to one of centers of data at the edge,” said Pat Gelsinger, VMware’s CEO.

“At the heart of VMware’s networking strategy is the belief in delivering pervasive connectivity with embedded security that connects users to applications wherever they may be.”

CenturyLink Wins Regulatory Approval to Acquire Level 3 Communications

CenturyLink, the telecommunications provider, has won anti-trust approval from the U.S. Federal Communications Commision for its purchase of Level 3 Communications.  

Level 3 Communications is a U.S. multinational telecommunications and internet service provider company which operates a Tier 1 network.  The company provides core transport, IP, voice, video and content delivery for medium-to-large internet carriers in North America, Latin America, Europe and selected cities in Asia.

“CenturyLink is now poised to offer an expanded, robust portfolio of communications solutions focused on our customers’ networking and IT services needs,” said Glen F. Post III, chief executive officer of CenturyLink.

“Our customers, from individual consumers to global enterprises, will benefit from our expanded, innovative network solutions, our complementary managed services and our highly talented workforce.”

Broadcom in Talks to Acquire Smartphone Chip Supplier Qualcomm

Broadcom, the communications chipmaker, has offered to buy Qualcomm, the smartphone chip supplier. The deal is estimated to be worth approximately $130 billion on a pro forma basis, which would make it the largest technology acquisition ever made.

Qualcomm is an American multinational semiconductor and telecommunications equipment company that designs and markets wireless telecommunications products and services.

“Our proposal provides Qualcomm stockholders with a substantial and immediate premium in cash for their shares, as well as the opportunity to participate in the upside potential of the combined company,” said Hock Tan, Broadcom’s chief executive and president.

“With greater scale and broader product diversification, the combined company will be positioned to deliver more advanced semiconductor solutions for our global customers and drive enhanced stockholder value,” he said.

Mapbox to Acquire Artificial Intelligence Mapping Startup Mapdata

Mapbox, a mapping data startup, has acquired MapData, an artificial intelligence (AI) mapping startup based in Minsk, Belarus. The news comes two weeks after Mapbox announcing it had raised $164 million in funding.

Little information about MapData is publicly available, but the company has been a partner of Mapbox, providing engineering support on open source projects for the 18 months prior to the acquisition. Mapbox intends to use MapData’s AI expertise to help build Mapbox’s augmented reality (AR) based software development kit (SDK).

“The AR SDK is focused on AI and presentation, yes, but my interest ultimately is, the more our SDK is used, the more data we get back,” said Eric Gundersen, Mapbox CEO and founder.

“I think it will be interesting to see how socially acceptable this is. For walking, I think AR and holding up your phone feels awkward and I don’t know if that will ever be publicly acceptable.”

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