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First Read woke up to snow this morning. Sigh. To start your snowy day, we have Motorola Solutions selling part of its business for $3.45 bln, President Obama’s justification of NSA exploiting software vulnerabilities and how CVC has generated a 751.3% return on Formula One auto racing.


peHUB Second Opinion

In Second Opinion, the Galaxy S5, Samsung’s new flagship smartphone, costs about $256 to build, Yahoo Q1 earnings beat estimates and Amazon is finally close to unveiling the first of several own-brand smartphones.

First Read April 1

peHUB First Read

Don’t be fooled on this April 1st, keep up to speed with what’s going on with the latest private equity news including the an Asian deals update, why the industry continues to live in the shadows and where to find employee compensation data to help benchmark your firm.

Intel invests in VC-backed Cloudera

Intel Corp has made a “significant” investment in Cloudera. No financial terms were disclosed; however, the investment has made Intel Clouder’s largest strategic stakeholder. Cloudera is a provider of data management solutions. Its backers include Accel Partners, Greylock Partners, Meritech Capital Partners, In-Q-Tel and Ignition Partners.

Intel completes VC-backed Basis Science acquisition

Intel has closed its buy of Basis Science. No financial terms were disclosed. Headquartered in San Francisco, Basis is a wearable device tech company that focuses on health and wellness. Its backers included Norwest Venture Partners, Doll Capital Management, iNovia Capital, Peninsula Ventures and Mayfield Fund.

Intel buys VC-backed Indisys for more than $26 mil – report

Intel has acquired VC-backed Indisys (aka Intelligent Dialogue Systems SL) for more than $26 million, according to a report by TechCrunch. Founded in 2003 and based in Seville, Spain, Indisys develops natural language and dialogue processing solutions. It previously raised $5.78 million in venture capital from Intel Capital and Inveready Seed Capital SCR SA, with Intel Capital provided $4.15 million of the total, according to Thomson Reuters (publisher of peHUB).

Elvis Costello at Apple by Stephen Lam of Reuters

peHUB Second Opinion 9.10

Second Opinion has news about Apple’s $99 iPhone, Intel building tiny chips for wearable devices, Microsoft shareholders pushing for a turnaround expert to replace Ballmer, and an Elvis Costello sighting in Cupertino, California.

Notes From the Field: It’s Still Early for Cloud

Most major corporations are on the road to cloud computing, right? Asked at the Sierra Ventures CIO Summit whether they were spending money on public or private clouds, a roomful of CIOs gave an answer that may surprise you.

DecaWave Secures Funding and Appoints Irish Tech Veteran as Chairman

Dublin-based DecaWave, a fabless semiconductor company has secured funding of 6 million euros ($8 million) from private investors in the US and Europe bringing total investment in the company to 12.4 million euros. The company has also appointed Irish technology veteran and ex-Intel vice president Jim O’Hara as chairman of the company. PRESS RELEASE DecaWave, […]

Intel, Google Start Android Partnership

(Reuters) – Intel Corp and Google Inc launched a development partnership on Tuesday, the latest effort by the world’s dominant maker of PC microprocessors to break into the booming smartphone market. The two companies will work together to optimize future versions of Google’s Android mobile software for Intel’s “Atom” processors, hoping to speed the development […]

Intel Buys VC-backed Silicon Hive

Intel Corp. has acquired Silicon Hive, a developer of processing technology for semiconductor systems-on-chip. The company was spun out of Philips Electronics in 2007, and backed by venture capital investors New Venture Partners and TVM Capital. Financial terms of the deal were not released. New Venture Partners led the Series A investment in Silicon Hive with participation from TVM Capital.

Corporates To Increase Venture Investing

Consider this. Venture investors put $21.8 billion into 3,277 deals last year. But money going into new funds came to just $12.3 billion, down from $31.2 billion in 2007. Unsustainable on the face of it. So who has the money, and is that money interested in venture? The answer is corporations. And yes, they are […]

Private Company See Tough M&A Terms With Shopping Spree Looming

Private company M&A terms are a financial minefield for entrepreneurs hoping to cash out after years of building a company. Part of the reason for that is many deals require 10% or more of the purchase price sit in escrow for more than a year. Greater than two-thirds of transactions can see purchase price adjustments […]

Cleantech’s Netscape Moment May Feel More Like An Intel Moment

We wrote this morning about John Doerr’s prediction of a Netscape moment next year in the cleantech IPO market. Doerr, forever the optimist and a partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, could be right. Perhaps the first-day run up of an offering from BrightSource Energy, Silver Spring Networks or Bloom Energy sparks public enthusiasm […]

Security Company Buying Binge Predicted To Continue

Big companies such as Cisco Systems and Lockheed Martin consider cybersecurity to be top strategic sales priorities. So will venture-backed startups benefit as these corporations look for new products and technologies? Allegis Capital founder Robert Ackerman believes the answer is yes. Ackerman (pictured here) points to at least 10 venture-back companies that have been acquired […]

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