Arik Hesseldahl

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Regulators Clear Dell’s $25 Billion Buyout

Computing company Dell said today that it had cleared all the regulatory hurdles necessary to complete the transaction to go private. Shareholders approved the move to sell the company to CEO Michael Dell and private equity firm Silver Lake for $24.9 billion. The transaction had been bitterly contested by several shareholders, most notably activist investor Carl Icahn.


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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik