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Cisco Closes Tandberg Acquisition

acquisitions_phag_thumbAt long last, Cisco has closed its acquisition of Tandberg, ending a battle for the videoconferencing equipment manufacturer that began last October.

As of close of business Monday, Cisco (CSCO) owned all outstanding Tandberg shares. Price: $3.3 billion, a bit more than the $3.0 billion it first offered for the company.

A pricey, but savvy acquisition. Tandberg’s lower-end TelePresence systems and specialized software for managing teleconferences will do much to help Cisco dominate the $34 billion collaboration market, which is growing–and quickly too.

It’s worth noting that last year year, Gartner (IT) forecast that video telepresence could replace 2.1 million business travel flights a year by 2012, diverting $3.5 billion annually from the airline industry.

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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