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Ciena Snags Nortel’s Optical Business

acquisitions11Ciena is buying Nortel Networks’ optical networking and carrier Ethernet business after besting an offer from Nokia Siemens in a three-day auction. Ciena will pay $769 million for these assets from the now-bankrupt company, noting that they will significantly bolster its Internet infrastructure business. Given the way the market for Ethernet equipment has defied the econalypse, that will likely prove the case.

But the acquisition is not without risks. It poses a massive integration challenge for Ciena (CIEN), the likes of which the company has never dealt with before. As Jefferies & Co. analysts wrote in a research note this morning, “We can’t think of anyone in Ciena’s management team that has ever been involved in–much less integrated–an M&A deal like this.”

Twitter’s Tanking

December 30, 2013 at 6:49 am PT

2013 Was a Good Year for Chromebooks

December 29, 2013 at 2:12 pm PT

BlackBerry Pulls Latest Twitter for BB10 Update

December 29, 2013 at 5:58 am PT

Apple CEO Tim Cook Made $4.25 Million This Year

December 28, 2013 at 12:05 pm PT

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Another gadget you don’t really need. Will not work once you get it home. New model out in 4 weeks. Battery life is too short to be of any use.

— From the fact sheet for a fake product entitled Useless Plasticbox 1.2 (an actual empty plastic box) placed in L.A.-area Best Buy stores by an artist called Plastic Jesus