Purchasing Company: AppleAcquisition Target: QuattroAnnounced: JanuaryPrice: $275 millionIs it a case of monkey-see, monkey-do? Apple bought mobile advertising company Quattro not long after Google's big buy of AdMob in 2009. Many speculate it is a case of Jobs keeping up with the Brins and Pages.
Already more than halfway into 2010, it is clear that mergers and acquisitions activity among technology vendors has certainly picked up significantly. As market values have dropped, creating bargains for value shoppers, and smaller companies have experienced more difficulty obtaining financing, the market for technology mergers and acquisitions has accelerated. Technology vendors have put together several multi-billion dollar deals so far this year as the economy comes out of what many believe is the worst recession since the 1920s. Indeed, there have been more than a handful of deals worth hundreds of millions of dollars as the technology vendor marketplace has experienced consolidation through mergers and acquisitions in 2010. With companies such as Apple, Avnet, Symantec, and VMware among the acquiring companies, the action this year has been relentless among big technology companies and their targets. Channel Insider takes a look at 15 of the biggest acquisitions, all of them close to $100 million or more.
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