Arik Hesseldahl

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Dell to Acquire SonicWall for $1.2 Billion

Hardware giant Dell said it will acquire SonicWall, a privately held maker of network security gear, for a reported $1.2 billion. SonicWall had been publicly held from 1999 through 2010, when it was taken private in a $717 million buyout led by the private equity firm Thoma Bravo and the Ontario Teachers Pension Plan. SonicWall had projected annual sales of about $220 million that year.


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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