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Cisco Bets Big Bucks on TV Services With NDS Buy

Cisco Systems has revealed plans to acquire NDS Group, paying $5 billion for the video software company as part of an effort to increase investment in its software and video services. NDS software ensures that paid digital content gets to appropriate set-top boxes, smart TVs and consumer gadgets, an...

Somber Cisco Outlook Feeds Recession Worries

Internet and network gear maker Cisco Systems posted second quarter results that were in line with expectations, but stayed true to recent form among fellow technology firms by disappointing analysts and investors with its outlook. The current business climate is "challenging" in both the U.S. and E...

Investors Batter Cisco on Anemic Outlook

Cisco's first-quarter revenue rose 17 percent and profit jumped 37 percent, but the networking gear maker's shares took a beating after it failed to provide a more upbeat forecast. The company earned $2.21 billion, or 35 cents per share, for its first quarter, and revenue climbed to $9.55 billion. T...

Microsoft, Cisco Vow to Be Friendly Foes

Cisco and Microsoft may be on a collision course in some areas, including the push to bring a single communications platform to businesses, but their CEOs said Monday the two companies will continue to work together to ensure their products remain compatible. Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and Cisco ch...

Cisco Rakes in Profits, Plots Course for Web 2.0

Cisco Systems released fourth quarter and fiscal year results that heartened technology investors and, according to the networking giant's CEO, reflected "great execution across the company." For the year, Cisco reported net sales of $34.9 billion, a 23 percent increase over its 2006 sales figure, a...

Cisco Earnings, Outlook Buoy Hopes for Tech Sector

Networking gear giant Cisco Systems on Tuesday posted strong quarterly earnings and issued an upbeat forecast, which drove the company's shares higher and may raise expectations for the technology sector as a whole during 2007. Cisco said it earned $1.92 billion, or 31 cents per share, in the quarte...

Cisco Buys IronPort for $830 Million

In a bid to further broaden its product offerings beyond core Internet gear, Cisco Systems said Thursday it would buy security software marker IronPort in a deal valued at $830 million. Cisco said the cash-and-stock purchase would enable it to extend its "self-defending network" approach to include ...

Cisco Eyes Next Wave of Growth With Teleconferencing Launch

Hoping to build on its reputation as the maker of network backbones, Cisco said Monday it would launch a video conferencing solution the company believes will help spark a new era of long-distance collaboration for its customers. Cisco said its Cisco TelePresence solution would "redefine" the experi...

Cisco Buys Video-on-Demand Provider Arroyo

Cisco sealed a deal this week to buy another consumer-oriented technology company, this time acquiring video-on-demand player Arroyo Video Solutions for US$92 million. The Arroyo buy is representative of the dominant networking gear maker's overall effort to connect to homes the way it has to busine...

IPTV Emerges as Must-Have for Network Builders

Convergence is a common theme among telecommunications and cable television suppliers. These companies think that by offering a portfolio of bundled voice, video and data services they will be able to gain customers and increase their market share. This desire has created a ripple effect in the netw...

Cisco Profits, Sales Climb, but Outlook Raises Questions

Internet and wireless networking gear maker Cisco Systems posted better-than-expected profits for its third quarter, but issued a forecast that disappointed some analysts and investors. Cisco beat both earnings and revenue targets from analysts, with revenue up 18 percent to US$7.32 billion as consu...

OPINION

What if Microsoft Bought Apple?

I spent a lot of time last week reading the Microsoft employee blogs and apparently there is some reasonably strong feeling among many folks who work there that the wrong "Steve" is running the company. This is, in my view, a "grass is greener on the other side of the fence" type of perception -- s...

Broadband TV Market Shows Consolidation Signs

As an industry, delivery of television programming into the home over broadband connections is barely off the ground, but it's already showing signs of consolidation. A continuing series of acquisitions in the IP video market will ultimately result in a smaller number of vendors, according to a repo...

Cisco Latest Tech Giant to Eye Consumer Market

Apparently eyeing the worn pathway from enterprise technology to the consumer marketplace, Cisco Systems is said to be mulling a plan to produce electronics and related products for home use. The Financial Times reported that Cisco is on the brink of rolling out a range of Web-connected products, in...

OPINION

A Look at the Software, Hardware Battles of 2005 and 2006

The most pronounced vendor battle we saw this past year was the battle between Microsoft and the open-source community. This one was particularly strange to watch because it seemed that both sides were doing more to help, rather than hurt, the other. Almost every time a large number of open-source ...

Elon Musk's Dec. 2 action to release The Twitter Files: Approve or Disapprove?
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